Skip to comments.Military Working Dog Takes Away Bomb's Bang. (ARF-ARF-ARF!)
Posted on 10/26/2005 5:46:09 PM PDT by SandRat
|Military Working Dog Takes Away Bomb's Bang.|
| By Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
|MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif., Oct. 26, 2005 -- From the deserts of Iraq to the grassy slopes of Afghanistan, there has always been an impending threat of disaster. However, with the help of one of man’s best friends, Kwinto, this threat has been slightly reduced.
Kwinto, a military working dog on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, is an 8-year-old Belgium Malinois whose area of expertise is patrolling for and detecting explosives.
“Kwinto was accepted for training in September of 1999,” said Cpl. Leroy J. Becker, military working dog handler, Provost Marshal’s Office. “He’s been in the Marine Corps for six years and has deployed four times.”
The deadly but lovable canine has deployed twice to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq in a span of only four years.
“During the Afghanistan deployment, he was mainly used for base security,” said Becker. “He was also used for the ambassador and would clear buildings before the ambassador would go into them.”
With more than 21 months of total deployed time, Kwinto helped discover explosives in Iraq that otherwise may have been overlooked.
“His actual finds in Iraq were weapons caches, weapons payloads, (improvised explosive devices) and (rocket-propelled grenade) rounds,” said the native of San Jose, Calif. “He found a 125mm propellant charge, three RPG heads, four 60-pound bags of FE-4, which are the explosives used in IEDs and several anti-aircraft rounds, which were found buried three feet under ground.”
When Kwinto isn’t on the job he is often found taking up his “liberty” time chewing on his favorite chew toy — his bit tugs.
“He loves playing with his bit tugs,” said Sgt. Ken Porras, chief trainer, military working dog section. “His favorite game with them is tug-o-war. He also loves to fetch. He’s just a big love hound.”
Ever since dogs were brought into the military during World War II, they have performed tasks that have saved the lives of many servicemembers.
|Kwinto, a military working dog with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sits beside his issued protective gear in the northern Babil province of Iraq Nov. 5, 2004. His gear includes a flak jacket, safety goggles and booties made for canines. Kwinto detects explosives at vehicle checkpoints, on security patrols and during weapon cache sweeps while deployed. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah A. Beavers|
“Military working dogs are a huge tool in finding explosives, explosive caches, weapons and IEDs,” said Porras. “They’re also a psychological deterrent. If someone sees the dog at the gate, they will think twice before approaching.”
However, the effects of time do wear on military working dogs and cause some to lose their drive to work.
“German shepherds, because of their hip dysplasia, will last between seven and ten years on the job,” said Becker. “A Belgium Malinois can last twelve years. It all depends on the dog’s health and drive to work, as well as its control capabilities.”
Although all dogs will eventually reach the end of their service, Kwinto’s career is far from over.
“Kwinto is the perfect military working dog because he can bite when it’s time to,” said Porras, a native of North Bergen, N.J. “He’s an awesome detection dog. He’s just a big loving goofball when he’s not working.
“He knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time to play,” Porras concluded. “That’s what I think makes him such a great dog.”
ARF! ARF! ARF!
Pappy, check this one out......
What a beautiful pup!
Why aren't we using these outstanding animals at civilian airports? They'd have more pluses than minuses - and they have GOT to be significantly better than the system we have now.
Where is the ARF alert?
Reminds me of "DOG."
I have an English Bulldog (Marine Mascot type) pup here I'm trying to come up with a name for and looking for something unique.
Good Dog! *Pat-Pat*