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

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.

10 Responses to “PHOTOS: K-9 Team makes ‘scents’ for Raider Brigade Soldiers”

  1. Hi, My name is Jessica I am a family service councelor/ pet rep for Hillcrest Memorial Prk cemetery in Jackson M.I and I am resurching and trying to raise awarness of military dogs and their handlers. Most people dont realize they are even there… So I am as a pet rep trying to raise the flag in salute to our canine fighters and their handlers and am working on also makeing a Field of honor at out cemetery for canine fighters lost in combat. Please keep in touch I will do my best to as well and Id love to be able to let everyone know about whats you guys are doing for our country… Thanks Jessy

    • Kyle Harris Says:

      I am a Military Working Dog handler currently deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. If you would like, feel free to contact me via email and I may be able to assist you with further information and contacts. Thank you for your support.

  2. yoyoyoyoyo i love ur dogs soon i will be one of u guys and be with the dogs peace out thanks for ur troops ohha

  3. Dear Sir/Madam,

    The staff of ScentLogix™ (www.scentlogix.com) will love to donate explosives training aids to our troops who are sacrificing their time and lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. ScentLogix™ is the world’s #1 manufacturer of quality ScentKits for the detection of explosives and narcotics, including TATP and HMTD. Can you please tell us how to make this possible?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    David Adebimpe, Ph.D.

    Lead, ScentLogix.

    • Wardog72 Says:

      It’s not possible. We use only the real deal. No pseudo (for lack of a better term as everyone will split hairs over this word) explosives, no pseudo drugs. All our explosives are supplied through Munitions (except the chlorates).

  4. I have been interested in K-9 soldiers for a couple of years. I’ve been on WAR DOGS web site and think the memorials are a great way of honoring recognizing and bringing attention to our K-9 soldiers.

    I’ve walked my dog with others in a Memorial Day Parade honoring, Military K-9 units, Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement units. More attention should be give to these K-9’s

    I would like to know if their are any K-9 handlers from the Vietnam War, around the Grand Rapids Michigan area.

    Caring for our USA Troops.

    jeff@gtwpdogpark.org

    I Love my pet dogs!!!

  5. Mary-Claire Platter Says:

    want to know, how I can send care packages to both handlers & team mates to those deployed overseas. have done this before,…

  6. Mary-Claire Platter Says:

    want to know, how I may have contact with teams of k-9 units,to send over to both handlers & k-9 units. special requests, for both is much appreciated…i

  7. Dolores Says:

    Want to send some Toys to the Dogs and Tootsie Pops and stuff to the Soldiers…sending some to another Military Police unit in Iraq. We are kids from a Catholic church in Tallahassee, Florida

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