The Military

Air Force Cleans Dishes, And the Treasury, Fast

The Air Force has been grumbling about a lack of funds. So why hasn't it been keeping a closer eye on its petty cash? Embarrassing case in point: an audit of the publicly funded renovations to the Air Force Academy's Carlton House, home of the academy's head, LIEUT. GENERAL TAD OELSTROM.

The service's auditors found that the cost of the kitchen renovation--estimated at $151,000--had ballooned to $308,000. That's steep, since taxpayers had paid to remodel the kitchen in 1988. And 1968. And 1958.

Apparently, the place needed "seamless Corian countertops." That boosted the price 17%. And then there's the dishwasher that...

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