Archive for January 2, 2009

Kaneohe Marine Base K9 Unit

Posted in Marine dog teams, various k9 videos with tags , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by wardogmarine

Great video here about the Marine Corps k9 unit at the Kaneohe Marine Base.

 

Kunsan Air Base K9 VIDEO

Posted in various k9 videos, Various Teams with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by wardogmarine

War dog joins Fox Lake American Legion

Posted in Military stories, Military Working Dogs, retired dogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by wardogmarine

 

By Bob Susnjara-Daily Herald Staff

Fox Lake’s American Legion Post has a new member with four legs, a bite of about 1,200 pounds of pressure per square inch and a willingness to eat meat on a floor.

Dexter became the first military working dog to receive a membership card for American Legion Post 703 at a ceremony Wednesday. Post 703 Cmdr. Jerry Kandziorski said national Legion officials indicated it may well have been a first in the United States.

“He was a tried and true veteran,” Kandziorski said. “He took his time in service and performed his duty. We think he deserves the recognition that should come to anybody.”

Dexter is a Navy veteran who served in Iraq with his handler, Petty Officer 1st Class Kathleen Ellison. One of the 10-year-old German shepherd’s heroic actions occurred in July 2004, when he detected explosives on the gas tank of a garbage truck that would have targeted a mess hall for U.S. troops at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

About 75 guests watched Dexter’s membership ceremony at the Fox Lake American Legion hall, which was complete with an honor guard and invocation by Post 703 chaplain Bill Gordon.

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Iraq war veteran Dexter gets a huge bone at American Legion Post 703 in Fox Lake, where he received a membership card at a ceremony Wednesday.

Legion members came bearing gifts for Dexter as well. The canine was a little cool toward a giant bone with a “Welcome Home Dexter” note on it, but he went to town on a 2-pound steak he removed from a platter and ate on the floor.

Ellison, 45, an upstate New York native, said she was in Afghanistan when she recently received word her former partner was in jeopardy of being euthanized in Naples, Italy, because of deteriorating health.

“I said, ‘Well, that is not going to happen. I’ll be there in about three weeks to get him,’ ” said Ellison, who worked with Dexter until May 2005.

Ellison found the Save-a-Vet organization in Lindenhurst, which found Dexter’s new home in Spring Grove. Launched by disabled veteran Danny Scheurer of Round Lake, the group rescues unwanted military and law-enforcement working dogs.

Scheurer said Dexter will live on a property with other retired military and law-enforcement canines where constant care is provided. He said the operation’s owner prefers to be anonymous.

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Retired war dog Dexter is escorted Wednesday into the Fox Lake American Legion Post 703 hall by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kathleen Ellison. Dexter became an American Legion member.

Using rest and relaxation time, Ellison left Afghanistan on Christmas Day and picked up Dexter in Naples on Monday. The pair landed Tuesday night in Milwaukee before the war dog’s big day in Fox Lake.

Ellison said she hopes to visit Dexter after her service in Afghanistan ends in about a year. She said she knows he’ll be in good hands at his new home in Spring Grove.

“You hope and pray that there’s going to be a happy ending,” Ellison said. “And there absolutely was. I can’t ask for anything more.”

PHOTOS: K-9 Team makes ‘scents’ for Raider Brigade Soldiers

Posted in Army Dog teams, military working dog handlers, Military Working Dogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by wardogmarine

By Sgt. David Hodge

1st BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B

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FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – Sgt. Craig Walker, military dog handler, and Belgian Malanois, Carla, a military working dog, part of the Falcon K-9 Team, attached to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. Walker, a native of Kelso, Wash., is part of the 40th Military Police Detachment, out of Fort Sill, Okla., deployed to Forward Operating Base Falcon in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district. The Falcon K-9 Team joined Soldiers from the 1st “Raider” Brigade and Iraqi Security Forces during a combined cordon and search operation to find weapons and explosives in Rashid’s Abu T’shir community.

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FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – A military working dog named Carla, a Belgian Malanois trained to sniff out weapons and explosives, digs into a scent inside an abandoned house in the Abu T’shir community of the Rashid district in southern Baghdad. Sgt. Craig Walker, a military dog handler from Kelso, Wash., part of the 40th Military Police Detachment out of Fort Sill, Okla., leads Carla during combined operations with Iraqi Security Forces and Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to search for any signs of activity. The 40th MP Det. is attached to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Multi-National Division – Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – Sgt. Craig Walker, military dog handler from Kelso, Wash., part of the K-9 Team, assigned to the 40th Military Police Detachment, attached to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, leads his partner, a Belgian Malanois dog named Carla, through an abandoned house during combined operations in the Abu T’shir community in the Rashid district.

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FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – Sgt. James Bowhay, a cavalry scout from San Angelo, Texas, assigned to Troop C, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, helps military working dog, Carla, a Belgian Malanois, part of the Falcon K-9 Team, over a wall and into the hands of her owner, Sgt. Craig Walker, a dog handler, from Kelso, Wash., during a combined cordon and search operation in Abu T’shir. Capt. Sean Tennimon, a native of Mobile, Ala. and commander of Troop C, 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav., helped Walker, who is part of the K-9 Team assigned to the 40th Military Police Detachment, out of Fort Sill, Okla., attached to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B. The K-9 Team supports the 1st “Raider” Brigade deployed to Forward Operating Base Falcon, located in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.

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FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – Military working dog, Carla, a Belgian Malanois, sniffs out a scent while looking for explosives and weapons in the Abu T’shir community with her partner Sgt. Craig Walker, a dog handler assigned to the 40th Military Police Battalion, out of Fort Sill, Okla. Walker, a native of Kelso, Wash., is part of the Falcon K-9 Team, assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, deployed to Forward Operating Base Falcon in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad. Carla and Walker assist Soldiers of the 1st “Raider” BCT during combined operations to provide security for the Iraqi people.

Top award for brave army dog

Posted in Foreign Dog Teams with tags , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by wardogmarine

 

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Fairy Tail of New York – Sgt David Heyhoe, of New York, and of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, after his Black Labrador, Treo, won a national award for their life-saving work fighting the Taliban.
Published Date: 02 January 2009
5pm, Friday – A BRAVE black Labrador and his handler have won a coveted national award for their life-saving work in Afghanistan.
Treo, a seven-year-old Labrador, and his handler Sgt David Heyhoe, 40, of New York, have been honoured for their job of finding hidden Taliban bombs in the war torn country.

He was named Best Armed Forces Animal in The Sun newspaper’s Military Awards – or Millies – after receiving 93 separate nominations – more than any other member of the Armed Forces…whether on two legs or four.

Sgt Heyhoe told The News what made this canine so special.

“He’s a dog that is thorough. He enjoys what he does, he enjoys his work, and everything is done for the love of his Dad. He wants to please. He’s got a fantastic nose that I had to rely on while I was out there.

“If it was not for Treo, I certainly would not have come home, and neither would have a lot of other soldiers.”

Treo and Sgt Heyhoe, who are members of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, finished a six month tour in Afghanistan in September, working in the Sangin – known as the ‘Badlands’ by troops.

Treo was responsible for sniffing out hidden explosives, after which bomb disposal units would be brought in to make the passage safe for the soldiers.

Among his most high profile finds, said Sgt Heyhoe, was the discovery of a ‘collapsing circuit Daisy Chain’ – a device designed to trigger a series of detonations when bomb disposal units attempt to defuse just one of the explosives.

It is a device that had not been used by the Taliban since the 1970s, he said.

“I am extremely proud of this dog,” he said, who was one of around 20 such dogs on the frontline. “But, in turn, I’m proud of every working dog out there and their handlers. Without them, Afghanistan would have been a lot worse during our tour.”

And in a star-studded bash at London’s Hampton Court Palace, Treo and Sgt Heyhoe landed the gong.

With Prince Charles and his wife Camilla present at the do, and with TV’s Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, and Kirsty Gallagher on Sgt Heyhoe’s table alone, it was a glitzy affair.

But the most important guest for Sgt Heyhoe was his colleague of three years, Treo, who to his surprise, had been released from quarantine especially for the ceremony.

“It was absolutely fantastic having my boy on stage with me to accept the award he had won,” said David, who lives with his wife Tarnia Venning-Heyhoe, 27. “I am not a father, but with Treo I felt like a father. It was probably one of the proudest moments of my life.”

see full article here: Top award for brave army dog
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