As a kid I never really thought about the significance of Veterans Day. It was just a day off from school or work. I don’t remember the significance of the holiday really being emphasized like it is currently.
I suppose I was your typical American who didn’t know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
I wonder if we as a country still had a bad hangover from Vietnam when I was growing up?
In high school we took less than a week to cover Vietnam in history class. Though, we spent months studying the World Wars. I can remember specifically a high school teacher of mine who I really respected telling us that Vietnam wasn’t a “real” war.
Though he did quite proudly tout his father and uncles service in World War II and Korea.
As a curious teenager, I read everything I … Read More »
Two weeks has passed since my surgery and I’m doing much better. Thanks to everyone for your well wishes! I’m still having trouble sleeping because of pain in my shoulder but, it looks like something I’ll have to deal with for some time.
Physical therapy is on my own right now. I will see the doctor next week. He was pleased with the results of the surgery but there was a lot more damage than he originally had seen from the MRI- hence why the surgery lasted over six hours.
Last week I bought an indoor bike since I won’t be hitting the streets anytime soon. It’s not the saddle I’d prefer to be riding but it will do for now. I’ll be back on the road riding my bike next spring. Not on the bike that was destroyed though!
I’m still out of … Read More »
Military Working Dog Bony needs a home! The Grey Wolf, Bony is retiring from the Army and SGT Daniel Sandoval is looking for a good home for his loyal friend. Daniel can’t adopt Bony because he has three small children and Bony needs to go to a home that doesn’t have small children.
Bony H383 is a ten year old German Shepherd. He is a patrol explosive detector dog (PEDD) and has one deployment to Iraq and two to Afghanistan to his credit. He has numerous explosives finds to his credit.
It is highly recommended that Bony’s future owner be a prior canine handler who is familiar with the patrol portion of a working dog. If you want Bony, and are not a prior handler, you will have to sign a waiver stating that you understand that Bony may bite.
Medical … Read More »
U.S. Army Sgt. Clevaun Fluellen, 3rd Military Police Detachment dog handler, says his goodbyes to Duuk, 3rd MP Det. explosives detection military working dog at Fort Eustis, Va., Sept. 9, 2013. Duuk was adopted after eight years of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill/Released)
Last week I had the opportunity to say goodbye to Military Working Dog Duuk after eight years of service to our country. The 11 year old German Sheppard was assigned to my kennel at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
MWD Duuk is a bundle of love who still has the heart and mind of a working dog but his hip dysplasia is beginning to get the better of him.
As I listened to our Kennelmaster, Sergeant First Class Walker, brief Duuk’s new owner, I was elated to hear that MWD Duuk’s was allowed to received … Read More »
This is an amazing tale of heroism. Kudos to Staff Sergeant Ty Carter!
Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter receives the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 26, 2013. Carter distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kamdesh District, Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009.
On that morning, Specialist Carter and his comrades awakened to an attack of an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of Combat Outpost Keating, employing concentrated fire from recoilless rifles, rocket propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small … Read More »
Army Private First Class Jeremy Wirths was elated to be one of the 17 chosen from 175 volunteers in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division to become a Tactical Explosive Detector Dog (TEDD) handler.
But could he really just pick up a leash and find explosives with a dog in Afghanistan?
Weren’t those dog teams highly trained and had years of experience together?
The traditional dog handler candidates attended the Department of Defense Military Working Dog School at Lackland for 14 weeks and were trained by experienced military handler instructors—generally the military’s best of the best.
Jeremy was being trained by mainly ex-military and law enforcement handlers for nine weeks at a civilian company, Vohne Liche Kennel, featured in the National Geographic show “Alpha Dogs”
Surely the … Read More »
As a soldier in the United States Army, I work for the federal government. Thus, you the taxpayers pay my salary. (For those non-American readers, please stick with me on this one for a minute)
My cousin Seth mentioned a great idea for a post to me a while back. He’s a steadfast follower and constant supporter of my writing career. Plus he’s a taxpayer who is curious about what the heck I do everyday.
Since he’s laid up after having a disk removed in his back-that must have hurt! I thought I would indulge him a bit.
Plus now you all will get to see how your tax dollars are being spent.
Seth wanted to know; as a Military Police Army Lieutenant Colonel……what do I do every day?
Great question and the first answer I would give is……. every day is different. I know … Read More »
Story by Staff Sgt. Jason Ragucci
ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan – An infantryman has many additional duties when assigned to a company during combat operations. For Spc. Jerome Fryar, he has traded his semi automatic weapon for a three-year old yellow Labrador named Marley.
Before Fryar could deploy with Baker Company, 4-17th Infantry Regiment to Afghanistan, he had to pass the Tactical Explosive Detector Dog or TEDD program at Fort Bragg, N.C. First Brigade, 1st Armored Division sent 25 soldiers to the class and only eight passed successfully.
“When Marley came out the kennel with a trainer and I saw this beautiful yellow lab, I knew I wanted him,” said Fryar from Hampton, S.C., “I used to have a yellow lab named Cocoa when I was 10 years old. The trainer came up to me and said that if I want Marley, I got … Read More »
Army Sergeant Nick “Kevin” Smith looked around the C-17 Globemaster airplane and marveled at the expansive inside. It was a massive hollow shell. No wonder they could fit three Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in there.
The guys called the C-17 the Cadillac of Air Force airplanes and, comparatively speaking, they were right.
In the old C-130 Hercules they could barely squeeze 64 Soldiers in that tin can, never mind that the troops had to sit knee to knee on netting with their gear on their laps.
About 250 seats were jammed into the belly of the aircraft strapped to cargo pallets … Read More »
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 »