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Big Government Embraced as Road Funds Hit to Keep Generals Happy

The two-star general’s new home came with granite countertops, hardwood floors, stainless appliances and high expectations. It was a gift to the U.S. Army from the taxpayers of Huntsville, Alabama.

Major General James Pillsbury and wife Becky moved into the house during November 2003. The 4,200-square-foot (390-square-meter) brick villa was built using city paving funds. It was the first of 10 costing a total of $3.8 million that the city donated to the Army to enhance nearby Redstone Arsenal as the Pentagon prepared to close bases around the country.