Report Backs Decision to Spend $36 Million on a Building in Afghanistan

Other officials suggest the command headquarters is unnecessary.

Then-Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills tried to cancel the project in favor of a smaller building, but his request was eventually denied.
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Jordain Carney
Dec. 4, 2013, 3:32 a.m.

A re­port by an Army gen­er­al backed a de­cision to spend $36 mil­lion on a com­mand headquar­ters in south­west­ern Afgh­anistan, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ports. The re­port found that the build­ing needs ad­di­tion­al work, but after that troops should move in.

The de­cision, however, has per­plexed oth­er seni­or mil­it­ary of­ficers who sug­ges­ted that they didn’t need the build­ing, which can hold up to 1,500 people. Un­der cur­rent White House con­sid­er­a­tions, Camp Leath­er­neck, where the headquar­ters is loc­ated, will be closed by this time next year.

“The Army built us an enorm­ous white ele­phant, and now, to save face, we’re be­ing told to waste more money and time to move in­to it,” said a seni­or Mar­ine of­ficer. “We don’t need it. We’re pack­ing up there.”

An­oth­er Mar­ine gen­er­al, who over­sees south­w­est Afgh­anistan, re­ferred to the build­ing as a “money drain.”

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