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Date Posted: 19:37:12 10/30/04 SatPDT
Author: Dave Broeker
Author Host/IP: 188.8.131.52
Subject: Kennel Visits to Davis-Monthan During VSPA & VDHA Reunions
In conjunction with both the VSPA Reunion held in Tucson and the VDHA Reunion held the following week in Phoenix, two separate visits were made to the Military Working Dog Kennels of the 355th Security Forces Squadron as part of the tours of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
These tours were made on October 7th and 15th, 2004. Members of the 8th Security Police Squadron (Ubon RTAB), 388th SPS (Korat RTAB), 432nd SPS (Udorn RTAB) and the 635th SPS (U-Tapao RTAB) Sentry Dog Sections attended.
A magnificent K-9 demonstration was presented by the following members assigned to the 355th SFS Military Working Dog Section at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base:
TSgt Max Talley
SSgt Andrew Esparza
SSgt Anthony Sandoval
SSgt Jessica George
SSgt William "Billy" Bodwell
SRA Wyatt Rhoden
As you might imagine, the old “Sentry Dog” handlers were more than impressed by the capabilities of the new Military Working Dogs and their handlers at Davis-Monthan AFB.
We were extremely proud of the professionalism and spirit displayed by the members of the unit. As the old Air Force dog handlers exchanged information with our modern day counterparts – we were also impressed by their knowledge, dedication, and willingness to serve in a career field that was very near to our hearts. These troops are indeed career military personnel, and they display it very proudly.
Their leadership qualities were more than apparent as we observed the sparkling facility, the numerous canines, and the immaculate personnel under their command.
As an opening event to our VSPA Reunion, the members of the 355th Security Forces Squadron provided a demonstration of the weapons systems available to our warriors on the ground. Once again, the MWD Section led the way as they showed the capabilities of our canines and handlers to adjust to the events of our ever changing world.
On September 16, 2004, Staff Sergeants Jessica George and William "Billy" Bodwell assisted in the presentation of the colors during the Vietnam Dog Handler Association. You can only imagine the pride that filled the room as the canine team proceeded and trailed the colors. The old soldiers were completely impressed by all members of the color guard team. It was a highlight of the event.
We wish to express our appreciation to TSgt Talley and the members of the 355th SFS Military Working Dog Section at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for carrying on the proud traditions of the Air Force Sentry Dog sections that proceeded the 355th.
VDHA-635th SPS Unit Director
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