R.I.P. Sgt. 1st Class​ Grego​ry A. Rodri​guez-Army fallen military working dog handler

I woke up this morning to see that another United States Army military working dog handler was killed in action in Afghanistan this past Tuesday, September 2nd. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez from Weidman, Michigan.

I was able to get in touch with his wife, Laura, and wish her my condolences. She mentioned that everyone knew him as “Rod” and that “150″ was the nickname he used on his Jeep Forum website. She also mentioned that his specialized search dog “Jacko” did not make it as well. To Rod and Jacko, thank you for your service and making the ultimate sacrifice, you are true heroes and patriots. To Laura and family, God bless.

 

A soldier from Weidman died Tuesday in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced late Friday.

Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez, 35, a military policeman, was killed in Ana Kalay, Afghanistan, when his patrol came under small-arms fire, according to a statement from the Department of Defense.

Rodriguez was a dog handler for the military police. He was assigned to the K-9 unit of the 527th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, Ansbach, Germany, according to the Pentagon.

There was no word on the fate of Rodriguez’ dog.

According to postings on Internet forums, Rodriguez, known to his friends as “150,” loved Jeeps.

His wife’s MySpace page Friday night showed a slide show of Rodriguez with his family, his dog, of the two in action in Afghanistan, and included a photo of a makeshift military memorial erected in his honor. It also included a blog entry of a poem titled “Guardians of the Night,” celebrating the strength and courage of a military working dog.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Ana Kalay is in central Afghanistan, in a remote, mountainous region about halfway between Kabul, the capitol, and Kandahar.

Rodriguez is the 18th member of the military with Michigan ties to die in Afghanistan since Operation Enduring Freedom began nearly seven years ago.

His wife made this fantastic slide show of him if you want to view more photos, click here:

Slide show for Sgt 1st Class Gregory Rodriguez

Visit the “Fallen Handlers” category to see other military working dog handlers who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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4 Responses to “R.I.P. Sgt. 1st Class​ Grego​ry A. Rodri​guez-Army fallen military working dog handler”

  1. SSG Rodriguez had been stationed at the DoD Dog Training Center at Lackland AFB, TX prior to his stint as an SSD handler. His time at LAFB was as a team leader for the Dog Training Section. He trained numerous dogs now out in the field. After DTS he went to the Handlers Course and was the instructor for a number of handlers now out in the field.

  2. David C.Stull Says:

    my hart and prayers go out to the familey of ssgt. Rodriguez.may God comfort you at this time. I am sorrey I can not be at the funeral fore I cant get around to well aney moor. God Bless.

  3. SSgt Jesse D. Montez - K9 Says:

    God bless brother.

  4. my big bro Kris Binnie was in this, gregory was his good friend, R.i.p

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