By Mr. William Wight (65th Medical Brigade Public Affairs Office)October 25, 2017
PYEOUNGTAEK, SOUTH KOREA -- For many a pet is a critical member of the family and when that pet becomes sick, the whole family is concerned. For the residents of United States Army Garrison Humphreys, a team is now available in a state of the art modern facility to make sure our pets stay 'Army Strong,' too.
On October 17, the USAG Humphreys Veterinary Clinic opened their doors to the community with a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony and open house in building #2260 across from the USAG Humphreys High School, giving USAG Humphreys families a nicer vet facility to take their furry family members.
Brig. Gen. Erik Torring, chief, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and Deputy Commanding General, Regional Health Command -- Atlantic, was the guest speaker at the ceremony.
He talked about how the vet clinic is responsible for the health of military working dogs and how the staff strives on a daily basis to keep a strong public healthy through various other duties such as food inspection.
"Before you stands the newest modern day army veterinary treatment facility," said Torring. "This 19,000 square foot building consolidated six buildings from Yongsan and Camp Humphreys into one facility. Aside from the headquarters of the 106th Veterinary Detachment being located here, the facility is responsible for over 20,000 beneficiaries, 1,800 privately owned animals, 23 military working dogs and 48 food inspection sites here on Camp Humphreys."
Since 1950, the Veterinary Corps has maintained a presence in the Republic of Korea. The 106th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support) has continued their mission of ensuring a safe and secure food supply for service members and families, while providing world class veterinary care for the military working dogs and support the privately owned animal population.
Members of the 106th Detachment make sure everyone has safe food supplies, by inspecting the commissaries, child development facilities, eating establishments and dining facilities.
The commander of the 106th, Lt. Col. Barbara Cloutier spoke on the operations within the new facility and how they encompass a variety of arenas from care for military working dogs, beneficiary animal care, food health inspection and public health laboratories.
With some 65 military working dogs on the peninsula, the 65th Medical Brigade Commander, Col. Wendy Harter, opened the doors as the ribbon was cut marking the dedication of one of Camp Humphrey's newest facilities.
Instead of being memorialized after someone, the command dedicated the facility to all military working dogs.