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A K9 Homecoming

A K9 Homecoming

The Journey Home for 60 Working Canines during the Pandemic

Explosive detection dogs are hardworking experts when it comes to scenting chemicals used in incendiary devices. They work hard to keep our teams, our customers and the public safe. When our Certified Working Dogs (CWD) return home from overseas at the end of their contract work, AMK9, a Constellis company, facilitates their reassignment or retirement (adoption).

Last June, our K9 teams were providing explosive detection services on a contract in Iraq when COVID-19 hit. The contract suddenly closed prior to the scheduled completion date, and we needed to get the hard-working canines back home to the United States amid border lockdowns, limited flights and Iraq Government office closures.

Constellis’ Iraq Project Management staff led by Pieter Coetzer procured living accommodations and additional K9 personnel to care and provide for the canines until a flight home became available. For nine months, the K9 team in Iraq safeguarded the 60 canines. The dogs were walked five times a day, fed, groomed and provided with necessary veterinary care.

The Constellis K9 team in Moyock, NC, led by Kennel Manager Jenn Merello, developed a plan to receive the canines in Chicago, IL, and transport them back to North Carolina. They worked closely with canine adoption agencies and the freight forwarders to coordinate travel and the future adoptions for all of the dogs ready for retirement.


Once the flights were confirmed and the final customs immigration paperwork completed, the Constellis Iraq team convoyed the 60 canines from the compound to the Basra International Airport. The canines, along with K9 chaperone, Project Manager Tim Cassidy, were boarded onto a plane and flown 26 hours from Basra, Iraq, to Chicago, IL, USA, where they were received by our Moyock K9 team and K9 Hero Haven Adoption Agency. The Constellis Moyock team convoyed the dogs the rest of the way home from Chicago to Moyock and arrived safely at the kennels the next day. All 60 canines made it home safely, where 40 of them will continue work on other contracts and 20 will be adopted out to loving homes.

Happily Ever-After for K9 Bara

Certified Working Dog (CWD) Bara is a 7.5-year-old female sable German Shepherd who recently returned home from Iraq and is now in the loving home of her new owners, Matt and Megan. Matt served in the Marine Corps from September 2003 to August 2012, serving two tours in Iraq and one tour in Africa. They look forward to enjoying Bara’s retirement with her on their farm in Linden, PA.

If you’d like to apply to adopt one of our amazing canines, please visit our K9 adoption partner, k9herohaven.org


In 2015, we conducted a similar operation for 92 dogs that completed assignment in Afghanistan. Constellis has always promised to bring its canines home when their mission is complete, either to continue working or to find an adoptive family to enjoy their hard-earned retirement.

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Now Hiring Support Services for Upcoming Project in Greensboro, NC

Now Hiring Support Services for an Upcoming Project in Greensboro, North Carolina

Are you ready for your next adventure?

Centerra, a Constellis company, is actively seeking the following positions supporting a government contract with the Department of Health and Human Services providing facilities operations and maintenance services. These roles are integral towards providing a safe, regulated environment for undocumented children geared toward reunification.

View the positions below and apply now!

All positions are located in Greensboro, NC.

Security Supervisor


  • Supervises Physical Security & Safety Section comprised of guards and EMS staff
  • Establishes and maintains staffing levels and security shift schedules
  • Enforces work standards; ensures all security inspections are performed; immediately reports any security issues or incidents to Program Coordinator

Security Guard


  • Under the direction of the Security Supervisor, maintains facility security and safety
  • Stands guard at facility access/egress points; operates access control equipment
  • Performs roving inspections of buildings, grounds, and facility perimeter per approved schedule; interacts with staff, visitors, and vendors as required

IT Specialist Supervisor


  • Manages and supervises the IT Section, schedules, and staff
  • Manages setup and maintenance of IT and technically-related systems and equipment
  • Establishes processes to maintain a stable network environment

Quality Manager


  • Oversees implementation of Centerra Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • Prepares and maintains project QCP; manages development of Key Performance Indicators
  • Conducts scheduled and unscheduled audits and inspections

Assistant Program Coordinator


  • Assists the PC with managing project cost, schedule, technical performance, change management, and reporting
  • Alternate POC for the CO and COR during absence of the PC
  • Ensures collaborative, integrated measures implemented amongst the Service Areas

Dining Hall Lead  


  • Supervises dining hall operations during meal service
  • Ensures tray, beverage, condiment, napkin, and utensil dispensers are filled
  • Ensures tables and chairs are properly spaced, cleaned, and sanitized
  • Inspects dining hall staff prior service to verify compliance with hygiene standards

Head Chef


  • Has overall responsibility for planning (menus) and preparing approved meals and providing meal service; supervises Lead Chefs; enforces hygiene standards
  • Reviews and approves shift staffing and schedules
  • Reviews/approves food requisitions prior to submittal to the Food Services Supervisor

Lead Chef 


  • Manages shift staffing
  • Serves as Shift Lead for preparing approved meals and providing meal service
  • Inspects staff prior to meal service to verify compliance with hygiene standards

Custodian & Sanitation Supervisor


  • Supervises custodial staff and operations; ensures adequate cleaning supply inventory
  • Develops and maintains cleaning schedules (i.e., daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) per PWS requirements; inspects work areas, work in progress, and work completed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Dusts/cleans dorm rooms, bathrooms, offices, dining areas, common areas, drinking fountains, etc., per approved schedule
  • Performs floor care including vacuuming, damp mopping, buffing, waxing, stripping
  • Replenishes bathroom and sanitation supplies; disinfects “high-touch” surfaces

Food Service Worker 


  • Performs practical-skilled functions in the kitchen and dining areas such as food preparation, food serving, and spot cleaning tables during meal service
  • Performs operator maintenance of kitchen equipment
  • Assists chefs; maintains food temperatures according to safety regulations

Additional positions are added daily – please check our main Careers page for more Constellis job opportunities.