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GSA Expands Opportunities for Veterans, Even Ones that Bark

January 27, 2014

GSA Expands Opportunities for Veterans, Even Ones That Bark

Posted by Gina Gilliam, Mid-Atlantic Region Public Affairs Officer on January 27, 2014

Military dogs have been saving lives in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past ten years. They provide base security by detecting explosive devices, work in 120-degree weather at checkpoints, and are used in law enforcement to track dangerous smugglers. These dogs are so respected within the military they are considered non-commissioned officers.

After his dedicated service overseas, Rex II, a military working dog, returned home to Fort Myer Pentagon Kennels. Suffering from behavioral issues, Rex II could not be placed in a home immediately. In return for the countless lives military dogs have saved, GSA’s Mid-Atlantic Area Property Officer (APO), Robert Kitsock, working with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Property Disposal Technician Angela Sakyrd, worked diligently to find Rex II a proper home.

Since the Mid-Atlantic Region is the Center of Expertise for animals, Kitsock quickly swung into action to expedite the property screening process, reviewing requests for the dog and determining the best home for him. This month, Kitsock allocated and approved the transfer of Rex II to Panama City Beach Police Department, which operates a special canine obedience and training kennel that specializes in rehabilitating dogs and managing them for public service – a truly perfect fit for Rex II and a happy ending for all involved. GSA stepped in to ensure that Rex II will go on to serve the public for many years to come.

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