Back in November I posted a terrific piece, The Puppy Program, about the Department of Defense (DoD) Breeding Program located at Lackland Airbase.
I promised you a second part, so today ladies and gentlemen here it is!
Since I was delayed getting this next piece out, I’m going share a special something with you all. I am going to share with you how you can become an active contributor to the Breeding Progam.
Yes, you can help raise these future 4 legged heroes.
Eight weeks after the birth the puppies, they go home with qualified and dedicated ‘foster’ volunteers from the greater San Antonio/Austin area. During the ‘foster’ period, the pups are raised in secure, nurturing homes that provide learning and play opportunities, as well as outings for the puppies to be exposed to different environments and people to develop a … Read More »
I happened upon the photo above on Twitter from a kind Canadien chap. This is an absolute heart melting photo!
Thanks for sharing Dave……..his caption was, ”Tracer, Trooper & Trigger … Handler Sergeant J. White, CD”
I simply loved it and had to share!
Completely changing gears here, I wanted to let you all know about a new book coming out that I’m very interested in reading entitled, Breaking Iraq – The Ten Mistakes That Broke Iraq.
The book will be released on March 19, the 10th Anniversary of the war in Iraq and was written by Colonel (Retired) Ted Spain and Terry D. Turchie, a former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI.
Colonel Spain commanded the 18th Military Police Brigade during the ground war and subsequent occupation of Iraq. I served in this brigade with Colonel Spain. He is … Read More »
There was a major issue with my Monday post and I’m still trying to figure out the cause. That was the first time I’ve had any problems. It resulted in many people receiving the post multiple times and some never actually receiving the post. Please accept my apology.
If you read it already then you know that these stories aren’t scripted….they end how they end….no matter how tragic or triumphant……. these stories I share with you are unedited tales of our dog teams.
You are absolutely right if you were thinking I haven’t posted a pure picture of the week post in quite some time.
Well this week I decided to change that and had some time at lunch yesterday so I caroused some pictures and pondered a theme for the week.
I don’t feel the need to have a theme all the time…it does make it fun sometimes though and normally if I have one they aren’t planned out…..it just comes to me… like: Cool Dog Wear Shades.
I need to do another one of those actually….. Military Working Dogs wearing ”sunglasses” just can’t be beat!
OK, we all know they are ballistic eye wear called Doggles (yes I said doggles) that are meant to protect our 4-legged troop’s eyes. But you have to admit….they look adorable.
“Major Butch,” a therapy dog with the 219th Medical Detachment (Combat Operational Stress Control) concludes her tour interacting with service members in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Field, Feb. 1. The 85th Med. Det. (COSC) from Fort Hood, Texas, assumes the various 219th missions at the transfer of authority ceremony held here today. (DoD photo by Maj. Charles Patterson, Task Force MED-A Public Affairs/Released)
The videos below are quite different. One is about an explosive detector dog who is charged to sniff out the explosives and keep our Soldiers alive.
The military has different methods to search out and destroy IEDs before they injure our troops on the ground. Army Sergeant David Birchfield tells us about one group who find IEDs by sniffing for them.
The other video depicts a mission just as important. Major Butch’s mission is to provide relief from the stresses … Read More »
So this week is my anniversary on one year since I launched this www.khanrahan.com. It has been a crazy year and I’ve learned a ton.
On Thursday (the actually one anniversary) there will some new designs to the site. The sliders on the entry page to the site will be new and will rotate adding a fresh new look to the site.
I’ll also add other storylines such as my journey from the idea of writing a book to becoming an agented author. (Hopefully this … Read More »
Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 8th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, takes a break from validation training with Iian, 8th SFS military working dog, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 4, 2012. The Wolf Pack enjoyed their first snow day of the year. (Photo by Senior Airman Brittany Auld)
Do you ever just need a snow day?
I know I do!
It looks like our Military Working Dogs are no different!
Did you get a change to read the latest update on the Canine Member of the Armed Service Act? If not click here.
In case you missed or want to revisit a prior week’s military dog picture of the week. Here are the most recent links
An Afghan and coalition force arrested a Taliban leader in Narh-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Dec. 24, 2012. The detained Taliban leader coordinated direct fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghanistan officials. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Hulett)
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Dec. 24, 2012. The detained Taliban leader coordinated direct fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He directed the assassinations of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officals. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Hulett)
U.S. Army Spc. Tommie Collier, from San Antonio, Texas, a veterinarian specialist assigned to the 72nd Medical Detachment, … Read More »
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 »