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Rodent infestation closes Twentynine Palms commissary

Marine commissary store ordered to close

Twentynine Palms, Calif. - The commissary at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms was ordered to close down indefinitely following the discovery of a rodent infestation in the store. 

The installation ordered the commissary to close on Oct. 11 due to the health code violation.

“We are working with installation officials to completely resolve any pest issues and reopen the commissary once we certify that all health and sanitation standards are met,” said Keith Hagenbuch, the executive director for store operations.

The Defense Commissary Agency has responded to the health code violation with a thorough cleanup of the area and is conducting training to prevent future infestations.

“In order to ensure this doesn’t occur again, we are specifically tailoring integrated pest management training to Twentynine Palms, this store, this environment,” said Lt. Col. Alisa Wilma, DeCA’s director of public health and safety.

DeCA and Twentynine Palms officials will continue to post daily updates regarding the status of the commissary.

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