Tag: United States Army
All right fine! Honza Bear is a dog and can’t be our next President……..though I think he would look fantastic in the oval office!
Then how about we nominate Specialized Search Dog Honza “Bear” for the American Humane Society Hero Dog competition?
Yep, Honza Bear is going to rock the 2013 Hero Dog competition but he needs your support!
I had lunch with U.S. Army Sergeant John Nolan yesterday and he told me a great story. When he received his bronze star right before redeploying from Afghanistan he ripped it off his own chest and placed it on his military working dog, Specialized Search Dog Honza “Bear”.
Once outcast and shunned from the military dog community, U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Sandoval had gotten a second chance.
He was accepted into Fort Bragg’s dog kennels unconditionally. When his newborn son Carter was born with meconium in his lungs making the baby’s oxygen level very low just weeks before Daniel and Military Working Dog Bony were supposed to attend certification, Daniel was given no choice.
His leadership ordered him to the Neo-Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital to be with his family.
Team certification and his deployment could wait.
But now it was a two months later, Carter was doing well, and his wife Sabrina had a handle on things on the home front.
Well, the truth … 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 »
U.S. Army Sergeant John Nolan’s eyes were closed. It was 3:00 AM and he should have been sleeping soundly.
But he wasn’t.
The wind was whipping outside. He could feel it against his face as it found its way through the mud and mortar walls hut that had probably once been an Afghan person’s home.
Whether they were dead or in Pakistan, he didn’t know. All he knew was they were long gone, and he was at least partially protected from the wind and snow.
That was exactly why he had grown his beard. It wasn’t the freezing temperatures or snow—rather it was the wind that sent chills through his body. And of course … Read More »
All right, time for the final chapter of Marc and Anax! Take out your kleenex now and get ready.
In my recent post, Thanking a Veteran, I told you the story of Kim Edelheiser at Orchard Creek Labradors who gifted a wounded veteran with a new Labrador Retriever puppy. I thought someone might like to know that Kim does have one female puppy still available for sale.
If interested you can contact her at the Orchard Creek Labrador Facebook Page.
This is Part VIII of this story. You may wish to skip back to Part I to start reading this dramatic story from the beginning.
Army Specialist Marc Whittaker’s eyes shot open when he heard the vibrating. He rolled over and felt for his phone on the night stand.
Nothing good ever happens after midnight. That was what his mom had … Read More »
We have lost another American War Hero.
U.S. Army Specialized Search Dog Gabe (retired) took his last breath on February 13th 2013, at 12:44 P.M. Gabe’s best friends and explosive finding partner, Sergeant First Class Chuck Shuck, comforted Gabe to the end.
Early this week, Gabe woke up and didn’t want to eat his breakfast, within hours it was evident there was something gravely wrong. Chuck rushed him to the hospital where his condition worsened rapidly, and eventually veterinarians discovered Gabe had internal bleeding. They soon realized that Gabe had cancer in his liver and spleen.
Here is a message directly from Chuck, “Gabe Nation….Thank you for being there in my time of need. Gabe never truly recovered from last night and his liver and spleen were so full of cancer. I could have opted for more transfusions and plasma and chemo, but I saw the pain in my… boy’s eyes. … Read More »
“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 »
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 »
Army Specialist John Nolan’s heart pounded as he stared into the wadi in central Afghanistan. He wasn’t sure what lay beneath the loose, granular dirt.
Was there a 500-pound bomb buried beneath him? If that thing detonated, he would be dead.
Maybe there were some homemade explosive or land mines? If they exploded right now, he might live. He might not.
Christ, this was crazy. Searching for something that could end his life instantly was insane. What the hell was he doing?
He missed his wife Cara. She was pregnant with their first child. He wanted to see his little girl born. He didn’t want to die in this Godforsaken shithole … Read More »
This story provides great insight into the daily life of a dog handler deployed!
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
By 1st Lt. Jay Mohr
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Deployments to Afghanistan force many soldiers out of their comfort zones. For many, it is the addition of stress caused by being in a combat zone. For others, it has to do with learning a completely different set of skills than the Army has prepared them for.
This is true for Staff Sgt. Shawn Martinez, who has previously trained as a howitzer section chief. On his current deployment, Martinez serves as a tactical explosive detection dog handler for Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Martinez last served on the gun line for Battery A, 2-32 Field Artillery until he was sent to the dog handler’s … Read More »