SGT Daniels and MWD Aura N679 Dec 3.
Last March I visited the Department of Defense’s Inter-Service Advanced Skills K-9 (IASK) Course at Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma Arizona. During the visit I met April McCoy, wife or Army Staff Sergeant Lee McCoy. Lee is an instructor at the course and you can see him in action in this photo.
April takes terrific photos of the military working dog team training and granted me permission to share her photos on my site.
All the photos from today’s post are by April McCoy and used with permission.
If you want to see some more pictures from Yuma here are some great ones I took last March.
In case you missed or want to revisit a prior week’s military dog picture of the week. … Read More »
Military working dogs, these special pooches need extra care, like this dog had on patrol (Photo by Jamie Peters 26 Oct 12. Used with permission)
Recently I linked up with a couple of British Army combat camera team currently deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. They were kind enough to permit me to use their photos.
The comments below the photos are from the photographer. Just a little taste of the “King’s English” for you all today.
I borrowed the below information about the British Army in Afghanistan from Wikipedia .
The United Kingdom was one of the first countries which took part in Operation Enduring Freedom to topple the Taliban regime in autumn 2001.
As of 11 November 2012 there have been a total of 438 fatalities of British Forces personnel including MoD civilians. The vast … Read More »
A couple weeks I posted t……. Military Working Dogs Have Their Day in DC! The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act passed the Senate by a unanimous vote this on December 5, 2012. The act had already passed the House on May 18, 2012 with a vote of 299 to 120. There is one more step to climb before this act becomes law. The President must sign the act into law.
So here is a timely example, Military Working Dog Hexa, who served her country and in return asked for two things (I know the author of this story says one (tennis balls) but he missed one essential…… love!). This country is forever indebted to Hexa for the lives she saved in Iraq with her nose and instincts.
This act will provide veterinarian services to her adopted dad, … Read More »
Army Specialist John Nolan’s heart pounded as he stared into the wadi in central Afghanistan. He wasn’t sure what lay beneath the loose, granular dirt.
Was there a 500-pound bomb buried beneath him? If that thing detonated, he would be dead.
Maybe there were some homemade explosive or land mines? If they exploded right now, he might live. He might not.
Christ, this was crazy. Searching for something that could end his life instantly was insane. What the hell was he doing?
He missed his wife Cara. She was pregnant with their first child. He wanted to see his little girl born. He didn’t want to die in this Godforsaken shithole … Read More »
With heavy eyes Sergeant John Nolan shuffled through the Norfolk Virginia Airport. A faded green, tan and brown camouflage pack weighed heavily on his sagging shoulders. His right hand tightly grasped a black leash.
John smiled when he saw us waiting for him.
The sergeant had just endured a journey half way around the world from war torn Afghanistan to the quiet and deserted Norfolk, Virginia airport this past Saturday evening.
On the end of the leash strolled a squarely build yellow Labrador Retriever. The Labrador had a black harness around his torso and the letters MWD emblazed on the side. It was Sergeant John Nolan’s partner, Specialized Search Dog Honza- aka Honza Bear.
Honza Bear pulled at the leash seemingly guiding the exhausted sergeant through the airport.
Their final patrol.
This was one last patrol for the pair on their yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. But this round would lead Sergeant … Read More »
Back on March 7, 2011 my post informed you that military working dogs are classified as equipment in the military and subsequently:
Retired Military Working Dogs are stranded at their final duty station.
Military Working Dogs receive no medical benefits after retirement.
Military Working Dogs receive no recognition for their faithful service.
I told you that this wasn’t the military doing….rather our politicians. I asked you to write your Congressmen and encourage them to support the Canine Member of the Armed Service Act.
You did and the act passed the House of Representatives in May.
Though we knew the struggle wasn’t over so I asked you to write to your Senators urging them to support this bill. You did.
This week the act passed the Senate and now our four- legged heroes are even closer to being considered members of the … Read More »
Recently my wife’s friend referred to my writing as hobby. Initially I was taken aback and slightly annoyed.
Does she know how many hours I put into my first novel?
Does she know how much time I dedicate weekly in pursuit of my writing career?
Does she know how much money I’ve invested in getting this career going?
Does she realize how hard it was for me to land a literary agent?
Of course the answer to all these questions is no.
But it got me thinking: when do you graduate from being a hobbyist to being a professional writer. Maybe my wife’s friend is correct. Maybe my writing is just a hobby?
I honestly can’t even pinpoint the nunber of hours I put into my first novel, Paws on the Ground. It has to be in the thousands though. I wrote the first draft in … Read More »