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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 23, 1983, Tokyo, JapanMonday May 23, 1983 Korea Pacific stars and stripes teams attack k-9 Challenge by Danny Layne ass Okinawa Bureau chief Camp Kinser an Osan a South Korea Security policeman and her military working dog Tonka beat out 14 Marine corps and air Force military working dog teams to win the first of what will be an annual Okinawa k-9 championship Here. Airman 1st class Barbara Teryek and her canine partner who was proclaimed the air Force s world peacekeeper Challenge Champion following Competition in new Mexico last year scored 91.33 out of 100 possible Points during the three Day Competition. Long proven value the canine has Long proven his value to the military services especially during situations when humans would not have done As Well As their four legged companions according to Marine staff sgt. Peter Gagnon the championship coordinator and a military working dog handler Here. The tests the dogs and their handlers underwent during the Competition were simulated events the duo might encounter during the course of their Job. During the Vietnam War and even before we be had scout Tunnel and sentry dogs working for us against an assortment of enemies. Those dog were geared strictly for combat and for that particular Mission they Are excellent Gagnon said. Now we have reverted Back to Law enforce ment working dogs and were looking at the less aggressive More tolerant and better controlled dogs. This com petition has shown just what a tremendous asset the dogs Are to the Law enforcement three Day event the three Day event was broken into four separate categories explosives drug detection patrol dog and grand championship Competition. No every team participated in each Chatag Ory but some participated in All of them. The Osan a team of Tonka and Teryek beat a Marine corps duo Lance Cpl. Rodney Roberts and his partner Hondo by a Mere 1.20 Points in the championship Competition while another Marine team trailed the Leader by Only 1.37 Points. Sergeant Stephen Lavalle and his during the Vietnam War and even before we be had scout Tunnel and sen try dogs working for us against an assortment of enemies teammate Delaney took third place in the contests. Tonka and Teryek also edged out another air Force team consisting of sgt. Tscheulin and fuzzy by 2.23 Points to take Home the title in the patrol dog Competition. In Competition for explosives detection Lavalle teamed up with a different Marine corps police dog George to capture first place. Marine sgt. Sam Mathis and Casey took second while airman 1st class Brad l. Sulwer and his partner Shep 475th Security police Squadron Yokota a captured third place. Narcotics detection team Taegu s Michael o Brien and canine partner Toby were named the Competition s top narcotics Detec Tion team after they finished the trials with an 86 average for the Day almost three full Points ahead of the team of Hondo and Roberts. The goal of the Marine corps sponsored Competition according to Gagnon was to promote a special Type of comradeship Between the services Law enforcement agents while still providing Means to test the teams professionalism in a series of categories. The dogs and their handlers were judged in their performances of realistic searches for drugs expo to. A. _ _ Usan a1c Sinclair Taylor vicious if need be working dogs obey All commands. Sives and suspects As Well As their obedience during unexpected confrontations. Trademarks of military working dogs strength courage endurance and even temperament Are important trademarks of a military working dogs and those Are generally found in dogs with German Shepard traits said Gagnon when asked about the kinds of dogs used in the department of defense s canine Force. Gagnon himself is familiar with the military working dog sections hav ing served for four years in the air Force two in the army and now for the last six years with the marines. His qualifications include handling dogs in every aspect of their military training and also attending about every course a handler could imagine going through during his own Mili tary career. Three airmen from Kadena a s military working dog training Cen Ter Here on Okinawa served As judges throughout the contests and As the scores indicated at the Champion ship s conclusion found the Competition Tough. But As Gagnon pointed out it took both parts of the team to come up with the winning Combina Tion. Any team can win a Good dog is really Only effective when it works with its handler As a team he said. You can have a Good dog and a neglectful handler and that la produce a bad team too. The Competition is rough too just like in the National football league. Any team can win on any Given and when the awards were finally Given for the Pacific s Best canine and handler team it was clearly Teryek and Tonka s Day. Ces officer wins National Jaycees award two o of. To i to. . By staff sgt. Daryl e. Green . Air Force Kunsan a As a Rule people assigned to the 8th tactical fighter Wing stand tall. Those that stand a Little taller Are recognized by the Wolf pack and on occasion even by higher Headquarters in the air Force and department of defense. Then there Are people like 1st it. Diane r. Threadgill who receive National recognition. Threadgill who is assigned to the 8th civil engineering Squadron As chief of environmental contract planning was chosen As one of the National Jaycees outstanding Young women of America for 1982. Her certificate states that she was selected in recognition of outstanding ability accomplishments and service to the nominated by a Friend "1 was nominated by a Friend i went to College with recalled the graduate of Hampton Institute in Virginia. As a result of the nomination she received a package requesting background in formation. I filled it out and to and behold i was selected chuckled the Chicago native considered. She feels that being selected says something about women in the military. I think they re recognizing women in the military. It shows that yes women Are there women do exist and women Are the achievements of women in the military according to Threadgill Are serving to change a lot of impressions. I Don t think that the idea that most people have of women in the military is a very favourable one. I m glad to see that we Are beyond the idea that she must be a she May be doing that now for the air Force but Threadgill is not sure if she is going to make a career of it. I honestly Don t know if i la make it a career. I would like to get assigned to one of the regional offices where i can work More directly on the planning of facilities and More of a major management aspect. Because at a base level you just can t get into the real planning of a facility Down to the nitty Gritty. If i can gear my career to those types of positions i la stay if her ambition and expectations Are not met by the air Force she does t plan to totally give up on the Blue suiters. To be quite honest i would like to stay involved in the military. I m pretty sure that if i do decide to pursue a civilian career i la stay inthe reserves. Job satisfaction for All that she puts of herself into the air Force she feels that she gets something in return. Job satisfaction is one thing but being Able to do what i want to and still create a better environment for the people involved is great she said. Threadgill does t think she would have been Given the same Opportunity to achieve As rapidly As she has if she were a civilian. Not so soon for an architect that s fact and i m not doing this for a commercial she joked. But in essence Threadgill is a commercial. She s an advertisement for what the air Force has to offer Young women and men today. And she s an advertisement for the outstanding Young women of America. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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