NAS Patuxent River Security cut the ribbon on its new Military Working Dog (MWD) Kennel this spring as part of its commitment to greater base security. The opening is the culmination of nearly two years of work between NAS Patuxent River, Naval District Washington, and various security entities among the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Prior to the kennel’s opening at Pax River, the MWDs assigned to Pax River were housed in kennels at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Security personnel at Pax sought to streamline their MWD operations by improving the existing kennel into a DoD-compliant facility to house their own contingent of MWDs for improved security operations that negated transport from the D.C. area. Taking on this task were a dedicated pair of Masters-at-Arms at Pax River, Master-at-Arms 1st Class Trevor Houseknecht and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Kaila Gentry. “It was my job to determine the flaws of the original kennel structure, find out what we were missing to meet the standards of the Navy Instruction and get dogs back on Pax,” said Houseknecht. “MA2 Gentry and myself identified 126 discrepancies and made a Statement of Work to correct all but four of them that were too costly. We were there […]
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