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AETC/CV speaks at MWD Monument dedication ceremony
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Lt. Gen. James Holmes, Air Education and Training Command vice commander, speaks at the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument dedication ceremony Oct. 28 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. JBSA-Lackland is the home to the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Program and is where the U.S. Armed Forces has been training its military working dog teams since 1958. It is the world's largest training center for military dogs and handlers and is also home to the largest veterinary hospital for military working dogs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Faske)
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AETC/CV speaks at first national MWD monument dedication ceremony

Posted 10/28/2013   Updated 10/29/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Mike Joseph
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Public Affairs


10/28/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas  -- Lt. Gen. James Holmes, Air Education and Training Command vice commander, was a part of history Oct. 28 when he had the chance to speak at a ceremony unveiling the first national monument dedicated to U.S. Military Working Dog teams. 

The dedication and unveiling ceremony completes a quest to nationally recognize military working dogs and handlers started in 2001 by John Burnam, a Vietnam scout dog handler and author of two books on military working dogs.

"This is a great day for Joint Base San Antonio and the Department of Defense," said Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA commander. "To the working dog members and the dogs in the audience, this is your day. I'm so glad Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland could be the home of this monument. "

The Department of Defense Military Working Dog program, the world's largest training center for military dogs and handlers, has been based at JBSA-Lackland since 1958. The DOD Military Working Dog Veterinary Service and the Holland Working Dog Hospital, the largest for military working dogs, are also located on JBSA-Lackland.

The monument's main granite pedestal features the U.S. military's four prominent working dog breeds since World War II: Doberman pinscher, German shepherd, Labrador retriever and Belgian Malinois.

A nine-foot tall bronze dog handler represents all U.S. military dog handlers who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the war on terrorism. Another design feature is the "Not Forgotten Fountain," a fully functional bronze dog and handler water fountain that epitomizes the bond between dog and handler.

"As a nation we owe our war dogs a tremendous debt of gratitude," said Burnam. "Their selfless service, loyalty and sacrifices to our country must never be forgotten. The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is a treasure for us all to ensure they are honored and remembered forever."

The monument is located on the southeast corner of Air Force Basic Military Training parade grounds on JBSA-Lackland.





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4/5/2014 9:34:55 AM ET
My dad Edward Wood was a Marine War dog handler during WW2 Stationed on Guam He brought TERRY home after the warThanks to all who servedH. Wood USN 1960 1964
Harry Wood, Brick N.J.
 
10/29/2013 6:21:16 PM ET
An honor too long in the making. My sincerest gratitude respect and admiration to all that have given their all their lives...every soldier and his warrior dog. Your loyalty to each other your loyalty to this country will never be forgotten. THANK YOU seems hardly enough. May God bless your souls.
gayle craig, orrington ME
 
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