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OKINAWA, Japan- Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division Camp Butler completed improvements to military working dogs kennels and upgrades to Defense Commissary Agency refrigeration systems on Okinawa, Japan installations Nov. 9.

The kennels are at Camp Hansen and commissary upgrades were made at Camp Foster, Camp Courtney, and Camp Kinser.

The kennel upgrades enclosed the existing facility and provided CMU kennels, air conditioning, new lighting, and power upgrades. The project is an interim solution to improve the health and welfare of 33 military working dogs.

“The existing facility [was] covered, but all the sides were open, allowing for vermin, driving rains, and uncontrolled humidity to affect the well-being of the dogs. The improvements will provide for security, air quality control, and limited views to the outside [to prevent the dogs from becoming excited],” said Construction Manager Jeremy Nelson.

The project was coordinated with the deployed Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 for additional work. The Seabees cut drainage trenches between kennels to improve sanitation and avoid the spread of infectious diseases between the dogs.

The $12 million refrigeration systems project included replacement of all outdated and noncompliant R-22 refrigeration and HVAC equipment, installation of a new Refrigeration, Monitoring & Control system, new display cases, and new lighting.

“The new display cases will also meet new rules and regulations for environmental and energy efficiency standards by reducing the number of ‘open’ reach-in cases, adding LED lighting, high-performance glass doors, high efficiency motors and other features to provide big efficiency gains over the previous models. More types of cold foods will also be available at the commissaries because of increased shelving capacity of the new display cases,” said Mr. Jose Barrientes, DeCA Field Engineer. 

Upgrades increased efficiency and replaced systems which had exceeded their useful life. A phased approach allowed for all commissaries on Marine Corps bases in Okinawa to be upgraded with minimal impact to sales and operations. The Central Distribution Center on Camp Kinser also received upgrades to its cooling system, with new air handling units, compressors, and a monitoring system. 

FEAD Camp Butler, a part of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East, provides construction and service contracting support to nine Marine Corps camps and one Marine Corps air station at Okinawa, Japan.


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