Report: Top Military Brass Housing Too Costly?

Posted July 23, 2013 at 2:00pm

The Los Angeles Times reports: “Marine Gen. John F. Kelly works in a fortress-like headquarters near the Miami airport. Starting this fall, he will live in Casa Sur, an elegant home with a pool and gardens on one of the area’s swankiest streets.”

“The five-bedroom residence, across the street from the famed Biltmore Golf Course, is provided rent-free to Kelly as head of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees military operations in the Caribbean Latin America.”

“The cost to taxpayers? $160,000 a year, plus $402,000 for renovations and security improvements now underway.”

“Casa Sur is one of hundreds of high-end homes, villas and mansions where senior generals and admirals are billeted, according to a Pentagon report prepared for Congress last month but not publicly released.”