Did you know that the Department of Defense operates a military working dog breeding program?
aka The Puppy Program
The Department of Defense Military Working Dog Breeding Program was established in 1998. The Breeding Program (informally and affectionately referred to as the Puppy Program) provides an internal source of military working dogs to supplement the needs of the DoD. As adults, these puppies will be utilized for the detection of explosives and illegal contraband, specialized searching (land-mine clearing and locating weapons in war zones), Search and Rescue needs, and troop/asset patrol protection.
They will serve in all branches of our military. Some of the dogs not meeting the DoD requirements have gone on to work for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and law enforcement agencies throughout our country, serving and protecting our citizens and communities.
The Breeding Program selects and breeds … Read More »
Denice Wethington of New Castle, Ind., gives Brea, her German shepherd search and rescuedog, commands during a training exercise conducted at the Department of Homeland Security Search and Rescue Conference held at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, June 4
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy I thought this nod to our Search and Rescue Dogs is appropriate.
We were lucky here in coastal Virginia. Just a foot and half of water in the yard/ garage (nothing in the house), some debris, high winds and five hours without power. Last year Hurricane Irene was a lot worse!
Members of Maryland Urban Search and Rescue Task Force one fly aboard a U.S. Army CH-47 helicopter assigned to the Georgia Army National Guard from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. to Staten Island, N.Y. to conduct house-to-house searches, Nov 3, 2012. … Read More »
Paris, a military working dog, stands by her handler during a presence patrol to meet and greet with the populace in Khak-E-Safed, Farah province, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2012. Afghan National Security Forces have been taking the lead in security operations, with coalition forces as mentors, to bring security and stability to the people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)
Military Working Dogs are injured and killed in combat. They are no different that two legged service members. So handlers must train on K9 first aid. This is a great video that show some training that could someday save a dog’s life.
First aid training for military working dog handlers so they are prepared to care for their dog if they’re injured while on deployment. Soundbites include SSgt Travis Lausier – Veterinary Technician and … Read More »
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann, a dog handler with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and native of Arlington, Texas, sights in with his infantry automatic rifle while providing security with Ty, an improvised explosive device detection dog, during a patrol here, Feb. 16. Marines and sailors with 1st LAR and India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder. Marines with 1st LAR led the operation on foot, sweeping for enemy weapons and drug caches through 324 square kilometers of rough, previously unoccupied desert and marshland terrain. Mobile units with1st LAR set up blocking positions and vehicle check points while India Company, 3/3 conducted helicopter inserts to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement.
Three Marines with 3rd Platoon prepare for a patrol … Read More »
U.S. Army Spc. Ahren Blake, a combat medic from Clinton, Iowa, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, holds two puppies he found at an observation post in the Aziz Khan Kats Mountain Valley range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 15. The puppies have been living with the Afghan National Army Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps, which man the Ops that 3rd Platoon visited.
U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew Thomas from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, holds a puppy during a patrol in Waza Kwah District, Paktika province, Afghanistan, July 10.
Lance Cpl. James R. Borzillieri, a gunner with 81 mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, plays with a … Read More »
Command Sgt. Maj. David Inglis, 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion command sergeant major, wears a protective suit and is attacked by a military working dog during a demonstration of the dogs abilities at Kandahar Airfield, Sept. 29, 2012. The military working dogs, from 3rd Infantry Divisionn K-9 unit, are used for various purposes including sniffing for explosive residue and protect military personnel.
This edition features a story about Staff Sergeant David Macdonald, a military dog handler originally from Mobile, Alabama, tells us about the importance of his job. (Produced by Marine Cpl. Liz Cisneros, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.)
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Sergeant First Class Gregg Bockelman was kind enough to allow me to use them. Gregg is the Military Working Dog Program Manager for United States Forces- Afghanistan, Regional Command West. We served together at Fort Bragg, North Carolina many moons ago.
So what is Regional Command West? Well I took this directly from Wiklipedia…..
Regional Command West (RC West) is a multinational military formation, part of the International Security Assistance Force involved in the war in Afghanistan. It is tasked with controlling Herat Province, Farah Province, Badghis Province and Ghor Province, which have a population of about 3,156,000 people. Currently, the formation is led by Italy.
PRT Herat — located in Herat, Herat Province and led by Italy. This is currently the command and control (C2) headquarters and the forward support … Read More »
Brake, a Syracuse Police Department working dog, sprints towards his target during water confidence and aggression training held at the East Canyon State Park reservoir, Utah, Aug. 21, 2012. The water confidence and aggression training strengthened the K-9′s ability to subdue and detect in an unfamiliar environment. Most of the dogs had never been in water outside of routine baths.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne Showalter)
(I know that wasn’t a military dog but I thought it was a terrific picture of our brother in the police department)
Staff Sgt. Gizmo, a patrol narcotics detection dog, makes his way through the back entrance of the livestock barn at the Puyallup Fair, Wash., Sept. 7. He and his military police-dog handler, Sgt. Todd Neveu, showcased a bite demonstration to display the military working dogs training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (U.S. Army photo by … Read More »
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog Suk waits to begin a day of training and patroling at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 15, 2012. Military Working Dogs are commonly used for detecting narcotics, explosives and other harmful materials. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley/ Released)U.S. Army Sgt. Bety, a military working dog, looks up at the camera Aug. 16, 2012, at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Paktia province, Afghanistan. Bety’s handler was Spc. Eric Neher, an infantryman with Baker Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, Task Force 4-25. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Trumbull/Released)
U.S. Army Spc. Ian Lynch, an infantryman with Baker Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, Task Force 4-25, poses for a photo with Sgt. Bety, his assigned military working dog, Aug. 16, 2012, at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Paktia province, Afghanistan. (U.S. … Read More »
Airman and their military working dogs from the 11th Security Forces Group perform a ruck march around Joint Base Andrews, Md. Aug. 8, 2012, the Airmen are getting the MWD acclimated to walking long distances and still performing their duties, before they are deployed downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Perry Aston)
A Military Working Dog finds a traffic cone to keep him busy while taking a break during a ruck march Aug. 8, 2012 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The Airmen are getting the MWD acclimated to walking long distances and still performing their duties, before they are deployed downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Perry Aston).
When I first watched the video below I was like……holy crap! That is one badass Malligator.
Look at the speed, focus and absolute fearlessness that Belgian Malinois possesses. I wish I knew his/ her … Read More »