More Civilians Calling Military Bases Home

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — The Dolce family loves their four-bedroom home in the Eagle Heights housing area at Dover Air Force Base.

Parents Tony and Ronell Dolce, teens Nikie and Crystal, 12-year-old Victoria and 5-year-old Alex are not an Air Force family, though. Nor are Tony and Ronell military retirees, or federal civilian employees, or reservists, or government contractors who also occasionally qualify for military housing residence, depending on active-duty demand.

They are, rather, representatives of a demographic shift — members of the general public who are leasing homes inside of military housing areas as the active-duty force shrinks because budget-cutting pressure….

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