BEWARE--We attempted to enter the base at the south gate, and two airmen directed my wife and I to exit the motorhome and open all bays, then go into an enclosed waiting room without windows while they inspected our motorhome. I requested they wear booties if they go inside the motorhome. My wife went into the enclosed waiting room and I stood just outside the door in order to maintain view of my property. I observed one airman step just inside the door of the motorhome, then exit and walk around the motorhome looking into each bay. One airman standing next to me said I was preventing them from doing their job by not going into the enclosed room, and called for his supervisor. A MSG arrived, spoke with the two airmen at a distance, then approached me and said "we do not have booties, and since you refused to allow us to do a complete inspection you are denied entry to the base". I left and sent the base commander an immediate email, protesting the requirement (1)to go inside an enclosed-windowless room while my property is unsecured and out of my site, (2) the nonavailability of booties to protect my carpet, and (3) more competent authority to deny entry to the base. The Installation Commander did respond timely, but his explanation was not acceptable. His excuse to prevent us from maintaining view of our property was so that a "Terrorist or Threat" could not observe the procedures used to inspect! He also said they had not budgeted for booties, however I could provide them or some other means to protect my carpet! He did not discuss the availability of competent authority to deny base access, although he did request I return to observe the professional service of Vandenberg AFB! I think after 26 years of military service, I've observed enough professional service, so a return visit will not be on my bucket list!!
We changed our route plans to stay at this famcamp. Since we were not in the host's, Steve, clique we had to follow all the rules as written. Can you imagine with no beverages, not even water allowed in either lounge. For our entire stay both of the bathrooms in the new office/lounge had electrical problems so they we usable only during daylight. One of the men's shower in the older lounge was taped off, so only one shower was available for all users. On the night before we left, the older lounge had a flood in one of the two bathrooms. The reason the WiFi is so weak is because it is mounted on the maintenance building with a short mast. One of the laundry machines in the older lounge was out of service for all four days of our visit. The base MWR is not reinvesting a very big proportion of the funds the famcamp is generating each day back into improvements within the campground. For three months of traveling this was the worst famcamp we visited. The MWR needs to send representatives to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to observe how they do things.
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