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08 August 2011
From: Camp Leatherneck IDD
Subject: MWD Equipment
The doggles work great for the IDDs (Improvised Explosive
Detection Dogs). We have been having a lot of windstorms out
here. The handlers put them on when it is real windy and hazy.
I have three that work around vehicles a lot and the dust was
really affecting the dogs. Now you can tell the difference. This
has really helped especially during helicopter operations where
the dirt is kicked up.
During helo operations, ear muffs and doggles have helped the
dog relax during flight and they are ready to work when we get
off. They can be easily removed and they are easy to store.
ECP/VCP operations tend to be hotter due to vehicles and equipment
moving. The cooling vests have helped out a lot and keep the
dogs working. The extra cooling packs make it easy to keep rotating
them. It took some time getting used to the vest but now it is
not a problem. The armor cooling vests have helped out a lot.
I use mine everyday at ECP/VCP.
~ Cpl Hidalgo, Leo IDD Starr
heat out here is murder on the dog's pad. The dog would jump
up and down due to the heat on the ground. Before it was just
pad coat but with the booties the dogs are not bothered and once
back at patrol base they come off to store.
~ LcplMartinez , Oscar IDD Thor
The cooling vests help out at the patrol base where the heat
index is high. The cooling packs don't take long to cool.
~ LCpl Lopez, Jose IDD Bandit
The booties help out a lot because the dirt is so hot. Before
it was affecting her performance but she works as if nothing
with them on.
~ Cpl Enriquez, David IDD Harley
The MRAP we had did not have any air condition. Had it not been
for the cooling vest on Hunter he would've been affected by the
heat. Had no problem and we were out all day.
~ Cpl Lira, Charlie IDD Hunter
The moondust like dirt is thick and gets into his eyes. With
the goggles he doesn't have that problem. It took some adjustment
but Gunner has no problem working in the moondust.
~ Cpl Cooper, Jonathan IDD Gunner.
Tori had really bad pads with the heat on the rocks. With the
booties not a problem any more. We live to hunt for IED's.
~ LcplValles, Chuck IDD Tori
Fieldy had got his nail got in the MRAP a few times. I put them
booties on in the MRAP and no problem getting off or getting
on. The heat on his pads kept him looking for cool spots. You
can tell the difference now.
~ LcplCaceras, Nick, IDDFieldy.
A letter of Thanks from a Handler
Sent: Wed 8/3/2011
From: Damon, Antonio L SGT MIL
Military Working Dogs
Subject: Thank You
MWD Ozy and Sedale in Osan AB, Korea
My name is SGT
Damon from the Fort Knox Military Working Dog Kennels. I wanted
to thank you for your donation of MWD Cooling Vests, Water Bowls,
Mutt Muffs, Doggles and other items that were donated to our
kennels. Although we have no dogs deployed at this time, this
equipment will be used on upcoming deployments with our teams
and is being used currently in preparing our MWDS for deployments
during training and exercises including Helicopter Familiarization
from a different kennels with a MWD before, I know how valuable
these items are in keeping the MWDs cool and protecting them
from the various elements of the environment that can harm the
dogs and takeus out of the fight.
Again, from the
MWD Kennels at Fort Knox, KY thank you very much for the items
that were donated and thank you for all you do for Military Working
Dog Teams around the world.
SGT Damon, Antonio, PEDD Handler
Ssgt Reynolds and MWD Kilo
From: Ssgt Reynolds
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Subject: S M W D Gear
We are doing really good on gear, thanks to you and the US
War Dog Association. Sorry, we been pretty busy and most our
dogs are out on missions but here are some pictures I had.
Meet the Rest of the Pack . . .
I currently have six teams assigned and we cover various locations
throughout Kabul, we work with NATO and ISAF (International Assistance
Force). Again, thank you for all your support, it really means
the world to us out here!
Some finds, some caves, some dogs, and
Kennel Bagram, Afganistan