U.S., British MWD conduct training
By Senior Airman Luke Milano, 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 09, 2018
RAF MILDENHALL, England --
A snarling dog races across the grass after being given the command from his handler. His intent? To take down the enemy. The dog has the target in his clench within seconds, and no possibility of letting go without his handler’s command.
This is common training among military working dog units, regardless of the dog’s American or British accent.
Military working dog handlers from the 100th Security Forces Squadron trained with British Army MWD handlers here on March 26. The British Army handlers are from the 1st MWD Regiment, Royal Army Veterinary Corps at St. George’s Barracks, Leicestershire.
The two units compared their different training methods, with the intent of further building relationships and improving on future training.
This was the first time the British Army MWD worked together with the 100th SFS MWD section.
“The purpose of the training was to get both of our dog teams together to learn from each other,” said Senior Airman Camron Quaranto, 100th SFS, MWD handler. “We have such different styles, but we’re all aiming to get the same outcome.”
With the different styles of training came different dog breeds with different missions.
“The working dogs consisted of Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and a Labrador cross Pointer,” said Lance Cpl. Brett Brian William France, 1st MWD Regiment MWD handler.
The day included continuation training.
“We worked on bite, targeting, and building confidence to see how the dogs would perform in an area with quite a lot going on. We also worked on tracking and infantry patrol training, and finished by having the dogs search for explosives in the area that had scent,” France said.
With the success from this training, both units look forward to future collaboration.
“The training went well, and as we start to do more work together it will improve and we can get into more aspects of the dog training,” said Quaranto.