MEMORIAL DAY 2012
With Memorial Day fast approaching I started to think about a young Lady I met back in 1965, she was only 18 month old (her name was Stormy) and I fell in love immediately. We stayed together for the next 16 month and if not for her there is a good chance I would not be here today on this Memorial Day 2012.
I thought about the first mission we went on together, Operation Orange and it was the first time she saved my life.
I remember as we entered the clearing of the second village we were searching that day, Stormy my Military Working dog stopped and alerted to our right flank. I instinctively knelt down by her side. The bullet from the sniper’s rifle zinged past my ear. The Marines behind us returned fire and there was silence. It wouldn’t be the last time that my friend would save me and a good number of others in the fields and jungles of Vietnam. In fact, when you’ve been in combat with a Military Working Dog the statement that dogs are man’s best friend isn’t even close. A Military Working dog is part of you and also you’re guardian angel. Dogs have been in the toughest fights throughout history.
In modern warfare, the dogs and their handlers have set a new standard of performance. From sentries to scouts and on to bomb sniffing, the Military Working Dog Teams have become trained to the absolute maximum of performance. When you spend time with a Military Working dog the bond is incredible, and what a dog can do with their natural instincts and senses is amazing. As General David H. Petraeus stated in 2008 as the top commander in Iraq, “The capability the Military War Dogs bring to the fight cannot be replicated by men or machines. By all measures of performance their yield outperforms any asset we have in our inventory.”
Military Working Dogs and their Handlers serve in a special way with a special bond between them. Perhaps, it is fitting in this case to say that Military Working Dog Teams
Dog teams are definitely a different breed.
They learn new ways to communicate where actions truly do mean more than words.
They learn to work in total sync with each other for the protection and good of others.
They develop a rare relationship where both completely know the heart and soul of the other.
When they signed on for a combat mission, they acknowledged that they would not only be part of a mission, but that they were there to protect everyone on that mission in an incredible way.
These Military Working Dog Teams would willing give their all for us and for many they would never know…
So on this Memorial Day 2012, where ever you and whatever you are doing, Stop and take a brief moment and thank the Men, Woman and our Canine Members of the Armed Forces of America for their sacrifices that we may live in freedom.
GOD BLESS OUT TROOPS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Ron Aiello, President
U S War Dogs Association, Inc.