Wounded dog handler heading home with best friend

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The 23-year-old sergeant’s voice breaks as he pauses to collect his thoughts on how to express his feelings for his fallen friends. The names of his comrades are engraved on his “KIA” Bracelets, which now sit on a table adorned with military memorabilia and memories of friends he’s served with. “Every…

K-9 stands out as top dog

22/2013 – JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — Staff Sgt. Samantha Navarrete, 11th Security Support Flight military working dog handler presents a 2012 K9 Medal for Exceptional Service to her dog Besy during a ceremony April  Read More:

‘Dog father’ retires from military service

SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Feb. 7, 2013) — It is a retirement ceremony like many. The anthem plays over the loudspeaker. Soldiers render honors. A barking of orders, medals pinned and an old Soldier — unleashed from military service — begins a new chapter in life. However, the retirement ceremony held, Feb. 1, here on Conn Barracks,…

Fort Bragg Dogs Adopted for Vets with PTSD

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – All of the dogs inside the Fort Bragg Animal Control Facility and Adoption Center were barking with excitement, March 25, all except for Tank, a pit bull mix. He calmly watched and wagged his tail as Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, a nonprofit animal rescue organization, came over and…

Vietnam’s Combat Trackers

Pete Peterson was recruited for the combat trackers while recovering at a U.S. military hospital in Japan during the fall of 1968. It wasn’t a hard sell for the two trackers who shared his hospital ward. Peterson had lost several friends in a firefight with the North Vietnamese while he was sidelined with an ankle…

War dog Lucca honored in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) – The Marine Corps League in Tuscaloosa hosted a very special soldier Tuesday. Lucca is one of the countless four-legged soldiers that have served with the armed services since WWII. By taking a quick glance at Lucca you would think she were like any other dog. She loves her chew toy and…

Man’s Best Friend Plays Pivotal Role in IED Defeat

  All the dog teams I’ve written about so far work as military working dog handlers full time. But what about those handlers who are saddled with this immense responsibility just months before deployment? What if you were an Army infantryman, cook, truck driver, and your unit informed you one day that you would be attending…