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 »
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.
August 9th dawned scalding and dry across the Marjeh district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. In the blocks, a fertile swath of land watered by a canal network stretching dozens of square kilometers, farmers roused their mules early in order to complete ploughing before their relatives came visiting for Ramadan. A convoy of marines, accompanied by Afghan Local Police, rattled down a dusty strip between fields known as Panther road.
Corporal David Cluver and his black lab, Archie, sat in the back of one the humming tan personnel carriers that rumbled through the western blocks that morning. They were on their way to set up a vehicle checkpoint, to count cars and see how many travelers would be passing through the region during the Muslim holy month. Archie, three and a half years old, bore the uncomfortably nested acronym-title of … 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 »
This isn’t my story but I thought it was really interested and wanted to share. It also mentioned our pal- Gabe the Hero Dog ! Canine Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is a very real challenge we are facing with our four legged service members.
The dogs of war: saving lives but paying the price
Story by L.A. Shively
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Can courage be measured in a canine heart? Can a dog actually be a hero?
Take Gabe for instance, a yellow Labrador Retriever who has three Army Commendation Medals and an Army Achievement Medal for finding explosives in Iraq. Actually, Gabe’s awards are not for finding weapons, ammunition, or bombs; but for saving lives.
How about Cairo, the Belgian Malinois that accompanied SEAL Team Six to Pakistan on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden? Cairo and the Navy SEALs were … Read More »
Moxie, a military working dog with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, escapes the heat under a truck’s shade during Large Scale Exercise-1, Javelin Thrust 2012, July 11. The newly activated battalion conducted training exercises at the Combat Center in support of Javelin Thrust.
Cpl. Dwight Jackson, a working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, cools off his dog, Hugo, during Large Scale Exercise-1, Javelin Thrust 2012, July 11.
Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion let their military working dogs rest in the shade during Large Scale Exercise-1, Javelin Thrust 2012, July 11.
Cpl. Dwight Jackson, a military working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, … Read More »
The captions on these photos were incomplete. I couldn’t resist posting these photos though. This Marine Military Working Dog is beautiful. Her name is Sakal
Lance Cpl. Steven Lilley, a Provost Marshal’s Office working dog handler, rewards his dog with a Kong and affection after he hit his scent. (Photo by Cpl. R.J. Driver)
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I wrote my first post on women in combat back in November of 2011. I had no website then, so it wasn’t published until this past March.
Why did I write the piece?
I’ve served alongside female Soldiers for the past twenty years. My first exposure to blatant sexism in the military was when I was assigned to the 82d Military Police Company as a First Lieutenant. The direct support platoons of that company (those platoons that directly support Infantry Brigades) had just been gender-integrated. This was 1999, mind you. About two years later a female officer was finally placed into that unit. So, yes, believe it or not, thirteen short years ago we acknowledged that a woman could serve in a Military Police unit.
What I always found insulting as a young officer was when the Army made Soldiers attend … Read More »
Wonderful News! A friend of the site, Frankie Taylor Fisher, is out at Camp Pendleton California this week. She is welcoming home her son, Marine Joey Taylor
Joey is redeploying from the treacherous Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Returning with Joey is his best pal, Improvised Explosive Detector Dog Thor.
Yeah I know right… a couple weeks ago I gave you and an Ace and now this week I present to you a Thor!
Thor, the dog, I mean the god of thunder and protector of mankind! He doesn’t need a hammer….he is a hammer!
Welcome home, Joey and Thor!
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Last Friday on my Facebook page I posted breaking news about the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act. The act, which was incorporated into the house version of the National Defense Authorization Act, passed the House of Representatives handily.
This is wonderful news, but it is NOTover yet! Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act is far from being reality. The next step for the bill is parallel legislation in the Senate.
According to www.Govtrac.us, the bill only has a 4% chance of passing the Senate. (It should be noted that they gave the bill a 2% chance of passing the House, so we have doubled our odds!)
The bottom line, though, is that the fight to get this bill passed isn’t over.
Our military dogs don’t have a voice. They need you to contact your senators to tell them that … Read More »