The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a $2.7 million facility for working dogs on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
The facility will be shared by the military working dogs of the 36th Security Forces Squadron and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s snake-detecting Jack Russell terriers.
The project includes the construction of 12 indoor and outdoor kennels, a 22,500-square- foot obedience training course, an exercise and break area for the dogs and a 2,827-square-foot administration facility, according to a release from the Commander, Naval Forces Marianas public affairs office.
The project is the second phase of the working dog facility at Andersen.
The first phase provided six “state-of-the-art” kennels solely for 36th SFS dogs, said Lt. j.g. Grady Donathan of the engineering command, master of ceremonies at the event.
The new kennels will improve the dogs’ quality of life, said Dan Vice, assistant state director for the USDA Wildlife Services in Guam, who hopes to be able to house 11 dogs in the new facility.
“This will give the dogs a cleaner, more comfortable environment during their non-working hours,” he said.
“Healthier, happier dogs are better workers.”
The new facilities are designed to be more easily cleaned and kept sanitary.