It's always great to get emails from our Adoptees. Even cooler getting pictures too! Recently, one of our supporters, St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Wayne, NJ, gave us not only snacks and personal care products but also doggie treats and toys. We shipped those out to several of our K-9 units and a Veterinary unit and Ken G from St. Michael's got this email - pix below:
Hi my name is PFC L (name withheld for OPSEC), I am a member of the 218th MDVSS which is currently deployed to Afghanistan. I wanted to personally thank you for helping put together the care packages that were sent to us. We really appreciate it and it helps us keep the morale high! I've attached some pictures of the team/dogs! Have a great day! PFC L
MWD Salute: CWD "Hobo" is on the mend thanks to the team of the 248th MDVSS in AFG. Our Adoptee, Kim, is on the left. Thanks Kim and all the team for the great work you do for our MWDs and their handlers. It's our honor to be in your support network!
Washington Redskins Cheerleaders visit USAF Security Forces in Kuwait and some MWDs show off for them!
Cpl C and "Tank," Sgt H and "Bo," SSG P (our adoptee) and Cpl H and "Curly."
New USMC K-9 Handlers with dartboard at Camp Leatherneck now AaSP adoptees.
SGT Adelyn P is a veterinary assistant for the 358th Med Vet Svcs in Southern Afghanistan. It seems they don't just deal with our Military Working Dogs (MWDs). Here she is with a Hawk!
In the news: One of our adoptees and her unit was in the news recently. CLICK HERE for first story. She also made the Brazilian and Chilean press. CLICK HERE for the Brazilian story, CLICK HERE for the Chilean story. Well don Addy and the entire Veterinary team!
SSG Brandon B and MWD "Crock" have a few minutes for a photo op for us in Kandahar, AFG. Brandon and Crock, be safe and thanks for protecting all of us!
Operation K-9 (7-August-11 Update)
Current adoptee: Camp Leatherneck, AFG, Sgt Jimmy S (more handlers and units coming. Stay tuned)
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon has been supporting K-9s now for five years. Our newest unit is at Camp Leatherneck in Southern AFG. Sgt Jimmy Smith is a Marine K-9 handler and his unit has quite a few dogs and handlers. We'll be getting more information on them shortly. There are additional handlers coming into our support realm. This page will be adjusted soon.
Our last handler was Adelyn P. a veterinary ass't. who cared for the MWDs at Camp Sharana and then at Leatherneck.
We also had a two-tour adoptee in SSG Brandon B. He was an adoptee of ours at Balad in Iraq. Then he came to AFG with his MWD "Crock." He tells us they have about a dozen MWDs and soon to have more with Marine K-9s coming in. They need tennis balls, Kong toys and baby wipes and travel size personal care items for the handlers who do a lot of travelling in areas that often don't have showers.
We recently had as many as four K-9 units, including the 230th MP Co. in Afghanistan and the 528th Med Det in Mosul, the 506th ESFS kennel in Kirkuk and 332d ESFS kennel at Joint Base Balad in Iraq.
Our supporters send the K-9 crews dog treats, toys, collapsible water bowls for missions, regular water bowls, cool vests (some K-9 units don't use the cool vests, others do) and food. And we also support the men and women who take care of the dogs, too. In AFG, the kennel master has asked for kool-aid singles packets (all flavors), anti-perspirant deodorant for men & women, hand sanitizer, crystal light with all flavors, baby wipes, scented lotion, sunscreen lotion, body wash for men & women, toothpaste, scented candles, shower shoes for men and women, gold bond body powder for the the feet, q-tips, razors and treats.
Our Military Working Dogs all need our support, as do their handlers. We welcome our supporters to come forward and take care of these brave men, women and dogs.
The 528th Med Detachment had the first two therapy dogs in Iraq - they were "Budge" and "Boe." We were delighted tsupport such a worthwhile team and encourage our K-9 supporters to keep up the great work supporting our brave K-9s.
Rrrruffffffffffff!! We love our MWDs and their handlers!
Therap Dog "Budge" goes out to meet some soldiers. Budge is from the 528th Med Det in Northern Iraq. He is one of only two therapy dogs now in Iraq to help soldiers cope with stress from war.
Our K-9 crew in Northern Iraq celebrate the 2008 Holiday Season.
Members of the 528th Med Det in Iraq, including "Budge," one of the first therapy dogs in Iraq.
The K-9 unit on Balad includes: SSGT Toni D. and his MWD (Military Working Dog) AIO, SGT Brandon B. and MWD Chay, MA1 Sergio S. and MWD Cven, SSG Tim E. and MWD Timmy and SSGT Amy G. and her MWD Ajax. "To the Dogs!"
10/4/07: Paragon Federal Credit Union of Montvale, NJ, presented goodies collected at their nine branches to AaSP. The items are being shipped to the working dog kennel on Camp Anaconda at Balad AB, Iraq. The morning was made more special by a demo from Passaic County, NJ, Sheriff Dept. K-9 officers and their dogs. Pictured in front row are: Officer Chris Petrullo and Ace, Officer Anthony Potenzone and Chief and Officer Juan Whilfford and Brix.
Our K-9 heroes and their hero handlers: in front is Reiko, left is Gudy, in front of the mural is Sonja, to the right of her is Gina and then on the right is Bak. What a great team!
One of our K-9 heroes is Bak (pronounced "Bock"). Here Bak is shown with his handler enjoying a new toy furnished by one of AaSP's supporters. Bak's handler is in the Air Force.
"Sonja" specializes in sniffing out explosives. Here she is shown on a recent mission.
Cara, a U.S. Army drug dog hero.
Bak (pronounced 'Bock') and his handler.
SGT Justin W., kennel master at Camp Anaconda's dog kennel, with his dog Sonja in a picture several years ago in an earlier deployment.
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