Even though the MWD programs in Colombia and Honduras are in vastly different stages of their development, the importance of the programs to the security of the region remains the same. And while security and stability in the Central American region remains crucial, West and Killian believe lessons learned from both SMEEs can have a lasting impact on MWD programs in the United States as well. During the month of July, a handful of U.S. Army South Soldiers traveled to Colombia and Honduras to conduct subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) with partner nation soldiers and civilians. While these are not an uncommon form of engagement within Army South’s area of responsibility, the topic of these two proved to be an exception. The focus for each one of these engagements centered on military working dogs, or MWDs. During the two engagements, the focus of each SMEE shifted slightly. While Colombia possesses a more robust MWD program, the Honduran Army is in its early stages of development. Colombian soldiers are working with Honduran MWD handlers to train them on the proper use of the MWDs. In September, there is a plan to send 20 Honduran handlers to Colombia for training. The veterinary working group focused on exchanging classes to create better understanding of each country’s Veterinary Corps and MWD programs. The classes led to discussions on challenges each program faces and points of collaboration. During the trip to Colombia, the Army South contingent chose to highlight the proper care of the working dogs to include the detection and treatment of common diseases among the dogs, specifically Leishmaniasis, a disease caused by protozoan parasites that is transmitted by the bite of certain fly species. Leishmaniasis is a disease that affects MWDs and Soldiers, often leaving permanent scars and potentially impacting force readiness. “The Colombian Military fully understands the value of their working dogs in detecting improvised explosive devises and narcotics,” said Killian, who led the veterinarian SMEE. “There is no piece of equipment that can replace these dogs. So, keeping them healthy is critical and requires a deliberate and robust veterinary team. The Colombian Army has increased the number of veterinarians in uniform, from three to 15, over the last year. This investment in veterinarians will certainly extend the working lifespan of Colombian MWDs.” “These dogs are a force multiplier,” said West. “They can detect and locate substances that we can’t see.” Like in Colombia, an emphasis on the care of the dogs was stressed to the Honduran soldiers in attendance. “Our SMEE with the Hondurans focused on the operational planning and utilization, the organizational structure and certification and training of an MWD program,” said West. “This is important in the implementation of a successful MWD program.” Both groups presented veterinary classes, and discussions geared toward mitigating the impact of Leishmaniasis. In addition, the Colombians learned how to collect tissue samples of a working dog with active Leishmaniasis. This was the first time most of the Colombian veterinarians were shown how to collect samples. “It’s a new program and they are reaching throughout the region for assistance,” said West. “The discussions centered on the prevention and treatment of MWDs diagnosed with diseases specifically Leishmaniasis,” said West. “We also discussed other important topics such as the proper care and treatment of the working dogs while they are deployed.” With the cost and time commitment invested in selecting and training a working dog, the importance of an effective breeding program becomes vital. In the U.S., a dog selected to become an MWD does not start training until approximately 15 months of age, while in Colombia, dogs as young as four months begin their training to become MWDs. The Honduran Army commanders see the importance of a strong MWD program in countering transnational organized crime, said West. “The ability to exchange information and dialogue with both armies will have a lasting effect on both countries’ dog programs,” said West. “We can certainly learn just as much from our partners as they can learn from us.” “The Colombian Army’s breeding program appears to have found the right way to breed dogs to become MWDs,” said West. “They have successfully bred more than 140 dogs with a 100 percent success rate.” “Because the two countries are in different stages of their programs, we chose to center our exchanges based on what was important to each of them,” said Master Sgt. Kirby West, the Army South military working dog program manager. By Dialogo August 30, 2013 Prior to leaving Colombia, the Army South contingent toured one of Colombia’s largest military kennels and received information on Colombia’s MWD breeding program. After leaving Colombia, the Army South team shifted their focus to assist the Honduran Army in their implementation of a brand new MWD program. Honduras began the construction of their first kennel and purchased their first MWDs in May of this year. While they currently only have seven dogs, the Honduran Army hopes to have that number swell to 30 dogs by mid next year. During the SMEE, West and Lt. Col. Jerrod W. Killian, the Army South chief of clinical operations and command veterinarian, worked with 15 veterinarians and two dog handlers from the Colombian Army. This exchange was the first time all 15 Colombian veterinarians were gathered in one area for a class. Currently, the working life of a Colombian MWD is about five years. In the U.S., a working dog can be expected to work up to 10 years. With proper disease detection and care of their MWDs, the Colombian Army is hoping to extend the working life of their approximately 3,500 working dogs.
163SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details The CUInsight.com Community was started a few years ago as a place for thought leaders around the credit union industry to share ideas, best practices and opinions. We wanted to create a place that people from around the credit union movement could experience what the best and brightest have to say on a regular basis.We’ve had over 500 people contribute to date; and for this we thank the contributors, and you the reader of the CUInsight Community. This was built for you, by you. We can’t wait to see what the contributors have in store for 2016.Let’s take a look back at the best of the best of 2015 (measured by number of reads).10. We quit managers not jobs! By: Cynthia Campbell, Filene Research InstituteI have the pleasure of visiting with credit unions across the country and when we discuss professional development and managerial excellence I start by asking a very simple question, “who has quit a job because they had a bad boss?” It amazes me but every time I ask that question the majority of the room raises their hand. Read More9. The next big idea for the credit union industryBy: Paul Ablack & Peter Keers, OnApproachThe credit union industry is on the cusp of significant challenges with the potential to disrupt the financial services landscape as we know it. Big Data and Analytics is driving a new breed of competitor into what has been a very traditional marketplace. The industry will need to envision and build out the “Next Big Idea” for credit unions to stay… Read More8. Keep credit union employees away from the nearest exitBy: Keith Hughey, JMFAOver the past several years, I have watched the trends of workplace satisfaction with a great deal of interest. Throughout the Great Recession, various studies consistently indicated that roughly two-thirds – plus or minus a percentage point or two – of U.S. workers were dissatisfied with their job. Read More7. Micro branch: The next big idea for credit unions?By: Anargyros Antonopoulos, Level5, LLCWhat makes a financial institution’s branching strategy successful? Many experts point to “more locations and branding.” Agreed; however, what if the target community doesn’t have any suitably sized site options within the desired market? Or, what if there is not a lease space available in this market? Read More6. Millennials: No car, no house, no credit union income?By: Kent Dicken, IDiz IncorporatedMy youngest son sort-of-hates cars. Sure, Grandma’s-hand-me-down-Buick helps him get around town when he comes back to visit family. But that’s also a big reason why he plans to always live in a city with a decent mass transit system. He doesn’t want to own any car, or make monthly payments for it… Read More5. Why are you paying incentives?By: Paul Robert, FI Strategies, LLCIn recent years, many credit unions have implemented incentive programs as a way to motivate their employees to sell more products and services to members. I would wager my son’s college savings account that most of those credit unions are paying for the same level of production they could get with a much… Read More4. The magic employee engagement questionBy: Holly Buchanan, Buchanan Marketing, LLCYou have a great employee. You’ve invested time and money in training him or her. You’ve created a strong company culture. You offer a competitive salary. You think your rising star is engaged….until he or she turns in their notice with vague language about “pursuing other opportunities.” Read More3. Board members behaving badlyBy: Scott Butterfield, Your Credit Union PartnerI am a huge documentary fan, and one of my favorites is Ancients Behaving Badly on the History Channel. This series discusses the worst of the ancients: Caligula, Nero, Attila the Hun, Caesar, Alexander the Great, Nero, Hannibal, and Genghis Khan. Obviously I’m making this comparison to board members for shock… Read More2. Steve Jobs on credit unions: Why do crappy credit unions exist?By: Bo McDonald, Your Marketing CoWhether you love him or hate him, you can’t argue that Steve Jobs was not a passionate man. He was passionate about new ideas, about quality, and about his brand. It showed. Apple consumers are famously loyal. Despite the rapid change in technology over the last ten years, the iPod is still very much prized. Read MoreAnd the most read article in the CUInsight Community of 2015 was…1. Jim Blaine was right: Credit union marketing adds no valueBy: James Robert Lay, CU GrowI recently saw an article written by Jim Blaine, the CEO of the $28 billion State Employees’ Credit Union, in which he shares his perspective on credit union marketing. It took me a while to form an opinion on his perspective when he noted, “Credit union marketing adds no appreciable value to the movement.” Read More
Michael Jordan always had Scottie Pippen by his side as the Bulls captured six NBA championships in the 1990s, but don’t forget about the other wingman who helped Jordan secure one of the biggest wins of his career.Yes, it’s time to give Bill Murray some damn credit. In an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Murray, a huge supporter of Chicago’s pro sports teams, was asked about “The Last Dance.” Murray said “of course” he’s been watching ESPN’s documentary series on the 1997-98 Bulls, and he even spotted himself in some of the archival footage because he starred alongside Jordan in the 1996 film “Space Jam.”And speaking of “Space Jam,” Murray wanted to remind everyone the Tune Squad’s victory over the Monstars wouldn’t have been possible without his clutch play.MORE: MJ’s six championship Bulls teams, ranked”People forget that I got the assist on the game-winning basket,” Murray told Kimmel. “So easily forgotten. … I stole the ball. I made the pass. I got nothing. I wasn’t even interviewed after. But that was a lot of fun making that.”Let’s check the tape here.Murray may have gotten a steal in the box score, but Daffy Duck caused the turnover. Murray did tell him what to do before the play, though, so fair enough.There is no question about the assist. Murray dished the ball to Jordan, who beat the buzzer and avoided a life of servitude on Moron Mountain.Aside from the lack of recognition for his efforts, Murray enjoyed his experience on the “Space Jam” set, especially when the actors had a little free time.”We would just go play golf for an hour, play three or four holes of golf with Larry Bird and Michael and myself,” Murray said. “That was a lot of fun.” Not a bad way to make a living.You can watch Murray’s full interview with Kimmel below.
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