II Marine Expeditionary Force
Story by Lance Cpl. Grace L. Waladkewics

Date: 02.06.2014
Posted: 02.06.2014 14:52
News ID: 120215

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - SGT. HEATHER AGUAS<br /> <br /> Job Title: Animal Care Non-Commissioned Officer<br /> Unit: Cherry Point Veterinary Treatment Facility<br /> Age: 34<br /> Hometown: Priest River, Idaho <br /> Date Joined: JAN. 2, 2003<br /> <br /> Army Sgt. Heather Aguas, an animal care non-commissioned officer at the Cherry Point Veterinary Treatment Facility, is responsible for ensuring all military working dogs and household pets are medically sound and physically fit.<br /> <br /> “It is my job to take care of a total of 18 military working dogs between Cherry Point and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base,” said Aguas. “I get them ready for deployments, special tasking and secret service missions.”<br /> <br /> The Priest River, Idaho, native enlisted after attending college for pre-veterinary medicine at North Idaho College and the University of Maryland.<br /> <br /> Her passion for animal care and her great uncle, a dog handler in the Air Force, inspired and paved her path toward becoming the animal caregiver she is today.<br /> <br /> The VTF provides X-rays, dental examinations and special procedures for military working dogs, said Aguas. The facility also provides services to pets within the military community like vaccinations, sick-call and minor surgeries. <br /> <br /> “My job is important because military working dogs provide safety to our bases, down range to our troops, family members and children,” said Aguas. “Pets are part of our family.”