Kevin Hanrahan is the author of the novel in manuscript, Paws on the Ground. Paws on the Ground is a novel about U.S. Soldiers and the dogs that protect them in the treacherous and alien terrain of Afghanistan. He is the winner of the 2011 James River Writers Conference “Pitchapalooza” competition.
His article, also named “Paws on the Ground,” was published by the Center for Army Lessons Learned. It details the highly effective surge in military working dogs into Afghanistan.
The novel is based on Hanrahan’s twenty years of Army service, his experiences as a company commander in Iraq and his experience as the Deputy Provost Marshal for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Hanrahan was instrumental in spearheading the surge of dogs into Afghanistan and lobbied the Army to adopt an innovative and life saving explosive detecting dog program.
He has served three combat tours and was awarded two Bronze Stars and an Army Commendation Medal for Valor. The Army currently has him stationed in Virginia where he lives with his wife Megan, son Brady and their two dogs, Sammy and Stella.