CAMP EDWARDS, Mass. -- “Military police accompanied by military working dog, do not make any sudden or aggressive moves or my dog will attack without command!” This was the warning issued by Sgt. First Class Jimmie Smith moments before unleashing his partner, Master Sgt. Dasty on the subject who refused to follow instructions.
Smith and his military police working dog, Dasty, along with Sgt. Jeffrey Holyst and his dog, Staff Sgt. Juror, were conducting a demonstration as part of a joint training session here, June 15, 2010.
Smith the kennel master for the 928th Military Police Detachment, Connecticut, Army National Guard and Holyst, Team Leader with the 119th Military Working Dog Team, Connecticut Army National Guard, demonstrated the abilities of their respective working dogs to the class.
“This was the first time I’ve seen what a working dog can do. It was impressive the control they had over the dogs,” said 1st Lt. Phil Kucha, a military policeman from the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
Attending the training from the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, 102nd Intelligence Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Senior Master Sgt. Jim Leblanc said, “The training was relevant because we will be deploying overseas and working closely with security forces and working dogs.”
During the classroom portion of the training, attended by members of the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard, Smith discussed search areas, detection training for the dogs, searching methods, training aids used, basic commands, additional police skills and training standards.
Smith, Holyst and their four-legged partners were here to assist the 211th Military Police Battalion during eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise. “We reached out to the Connecticut National Guard to assist us in force protection. The dog handlers complimented our RAMP (Random Anti-Terrorism Measures Program) and were used in Tactical Training Base Kelley to add realism to the training,” said, Maj. Bryan Pillar, provost marshal for the exercise.
After the demonstration Smith was asked why the dogs outrank their handlers. Smith said, “It is to ensure that we always take care of our dogs with the respect rendered a higher ranking noncommissioned officer,”