Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 23 1983, Page 30

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 23, 1983, Tokyo, JapanMonday May 23, 1983 o to 1 to o to toll lewd. Pacific stars and stripes � 3 b1hmmot to 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 dogs 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 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 an grand championship Competition. Not 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 dogs and their handlers were judged in their performances of realistic searches for drugs expo 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. Navy Relief drive sets a 100 percent goal Lance Cpl. Tim Shearer . Marine corps Camp . Butler this year s annual Navy Relief fund drive on Okinawa has kicked off with the ultimate goal being to Contact 100 percent of the marines and sailors on Okinawa. Navy Relief is the Best organization the Marine corps has going for it hands Down said col. Phillip g. Slough commanding officer Headquarters and service battalion Here this year s Navy Relief fund drive coordinator for Marine units on Okinawa. Started in 1904 Navy Relief was started in 1904 for the purpose of providing emergency Relief to marines sailors and their families. Relief comes in the form of interest free Loans Grants and counselling on Loans and charities have High overhead costs which limit the amount of funds that can be utilized to help others. Navy Relief gives out 90 percent of what it takes in said Slough. Over $152,000 was Given out in assistance in 588 cases on Okinawa last year. This is an increase of 50 percent Over the previous year so we Hope to increase contributions this year he added. In 1982, 68 percent of the cases involved Basic the goal of reaching 100 percent of the marines and sailors on Okinawa will be accomplished by personnel designated As key men in each unit. Living expenses 29 percent involved emergency transportation with the rest going to disaster funeral costs and medical costs. The average loan was $25.69 and 97 percent was paid Back. Navy Relief on Okinawa also provided 755 service Case visits 78 layettes for Newborn infants and 672 visits by nurses to individual Homes. There were 100 persons who received Aid to return Home for a family emergency and 18 cases of tuition Relief provided a lot of service and people May not realize it but Navy Relief can become the most important organization in the world during a time of need continued goal of reaching 100 percent of the marines and sailors on Okinawa will be accomplished by personnel designated As key men in each individual unit or Section. Contributions May be made in the form of an outright Cash gift or by setting up an allotment for As Little As 50 cents a payday. A Little amount each payday someone won t miss such a Little amount each payday and it is an excellent Way to help others said All we in the naval service have a tradition of taking care of our own. Knowing that you Are helping others can give you a Good feeling and someday you might be the one who needs assistance he concluded. 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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