Women play an important role in today’s armed forces. Many women have now chosen a career that involves teaming up with military working dogs. Here are some of the best photos I’ve found that show not only the love between handler and dog, but also the strict training soldiers and their dogs go through. Here are 20 military women and their very special canine partners.
My thanks to the Facebook Military Working Dogs page for all of the wonderful photos they post.
Staff Sgt. Pecovsky and
A Military Working Dog plays with Staff Sgt. Stephanie Pecovsky, 11 SFG MWD trainer, while taking a break during a ruck march Aug. 8, 2012, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The airmen are getting the MWD acclimated to walking long distances and still performing their duties, before they are deployed downrange. The dog pictured isn’t named.
Staff Sgt. Stephanie Pecovsky
A Military Working Dog plays with Staff Sgt. Stephanie Pecovsky, 11 SFG MWD trainer, while taking a break during a ruck march Aug. 8, 2012, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The airmen are getting the MWD acclimated to walking long distances and still performing their duties, before they are deployed downrange. The MWD wasn’t named.
MASN Peterson and Brix
MASN Peterson a newly assigned handler to NSF Diego Garcia, conducting patrol training with MWD Brix. This photo shows the bond that quickly grows between dog and handler.
Thomas Bohannon and Sharon Berg with Kkowalski
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Thomas Bohannon, left, and Master-at-Arms Seaman Sharon Berg follow military working dog Kkowalski, as part of a patrol and scout training exercise at Naval Station Mayport. The military working dogs are trained to provide deterrence, drug or bomb detection and patrol services. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Damian Berg/Released)
Master-at-Arms Seaman Sharon Berg and KKowalski
Another photo showing Master-at-Arms Seaman Sharon Berg, a K-9 handler with the military working dog unit at Naval Station Mayport, runs her K-9 partner, KKowalski, through an obstacle course at the base kennel. Berg runs the course with KKowalski multiple times a day to promote endurance and motor skills. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Damian Berg/Released)
MASN Paige Nielsen and Lady
NSA Bahrain – MASN Paige Nielsen & MWD Lady have a bonding moment during an obedience session. The photographer definitely captured a special moment between soldier and dog.
Sgt. Ninamae Atrero-Hando and Bad
Sgt. Ninamae Atrero-Handy with her K9 partner, Bad, at the 28th Military Police Kennels on Fort Wainwright, Feb. 25, 2010. Ninamae said she wasn’t posing for the photo, and was in the middle of answering questions when it was made.
Sgt. Zainah Creamer and Joffa (KIA)
Fort Belvoir Soldier Killed in Afghanistan – Sgt. Zainah Creamer was killed Jan. 12 in the Kandahar province, after her unit was attacked by a group of insurgents. Creamer had been in the army for three years and was serving on her third deployment. She was most recently serving as a Military Working Dog Handler. Officials with the Department of Defense say Creamer was a member of the 212th Military Police Detachment at Fort Belvoir. Creamer and her working dog, Joffa, left for Afghanistan in October. They were part of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment. Joffa was not hurt in the attack. Sgt. Zainah Creamer is from Texarkana, Texas. She was 28 years old.
Staff Sgt. Ricks and Alex
SSgt Ricks and MWD Alex, on his last day of service. This photo was posted on February 27, 2011 and the soldier and MWD were not identified in the photo on their Facebook album. One of the comments told their names.
Staff Sgt. Samantha Navarrete and Besy
Staff Sgt. Samantha Navarrete, 11th Security Support Flight military working dog handler presents a 2012 K9 Medal for Exceptional Service to her dog Besy
Staff Sgt. Stephanie Alicandro in training
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq — Staff Sgt. Stephanie Alicandro, 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, plays the perpetrator so that Rico, a military working dog, can train on attacking hostile individuals. Sergeant Alicandro works alongside Soldiers to complete her mission here. Sergeant Alicandro is deployed for McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia)
Staff Sgt. Alexis Scott and Arka
Staff Sgt. Alexis Scott with her MWD Arka. After retiring from the service she adopted Arka in 2012. Scott said it took about a year to get all of the paperwork filed for the adoption.
USAF Senior Airman Jamie Everetts and Beny
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jamie Everetts, with the 41st Fires Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, rest with her military working dog, Beny, after a successful search at Hawaraa medical facility in Kut, Iraq, on April 2, 2009. The 41st Fires Brigade treated more than 180 patients during their medical engagement called “Bring on the Docs.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas/Released)
US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Danielle Kubit and Britt
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Danielle Kubit, from Marine Corps Task Force Military Police, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, rewards her working dog, Britt, after finding a simulated improvised explosive device during a training exercise at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 23, 2009. Marines and Sailors from Task Force Military Police conduct exercises to ensure working dogs remain trained and ready for operations while deployed. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chance M. Hiser/Released)
This photo is unidentified. I included it because it’s such a perfect portrait of soldier and MWD. Using the American flag as a backdrop bring home the point these soldiers, both canine and humane, are risking their lives in the name of country.
Woman soldier and her MWD
This photo is also unidentified from the Facebook Military Working Dogs page. One person commented on the photo saying they served with her about 10 years ago, but neither was identified. I included it since it’s such a wonderful shot of the two of them.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mandy M. Holt and Puck
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mandy M. Holt and her Military Working Dog Puck are one of the several ‘Dog Teams’ deployed to Iraq. Holt is a MWD handler with Military Police Task Force, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment. She is a native of Laplata, Md. photo by Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke
USAF Senior Airman Carrie Dowdy and Ciro
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Carrie Dowdy, a military working dog handler assigned to 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, takes cover alongside her military working dog, Ciro, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Aug. 19, 2009, during a base defense exercise in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Barney/Released)
Lance Corporal Jennifer Lockhard and Balu
Lance Corporal Jennifer Lockhart of the British Army is already a veteran of two tours of Afghanistan and has had Balu – a German Shepherd – for eight months
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jennifer Collins and Csapage
MWD Csapage, a Czech Shepherd assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola, poses for a picture prior to his surgery at the Naval Branch Health Clinic Naval Air Station Pensacola with his handler, Master at Arms 2nd Class Jennifer Collins. Csapage broke a tooth while training and needed a crown.