CommissaryThe commissary at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California has been closed indefinitely due to a recent rodent infestation, according to the Defense Commissary Agency.

“The [Defense Commissary Agency] has sent public health, sanitation, engineer and store operation experts to the store and is working with installation personnel to ensure the facility is thoroughly cleaned and to address where and how the pests are entering the store,” said Richard Brink in a statement given to Stars and Stripes.

DFAS has individual pest control programs for each base. Officials aren’t releasing why and how the rodent infestation became such a big problem this quickly.
Officials declined to comment on the situation.

“This issue escalated surprisingly fast since a Sept. 29 health and sanitation report found no substantial complaints. However, just 12 days later the store was closed. Rodent infestations can escalate quickly under certain circumstances, which officials are looking into in this case to solve the problem,” Brink said.

The commissary closing will greatly affect a number troops and their families, as it’s one of the only sources of affordable food in the city.

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