Today, March 13, 2019 is National K9 Veterans Day. According to National Day Calendar, “National K9 Veterans Day is celebrated on March 13th on the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps, which was formed in 1942. Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day.”
Every day, around the globe, veteran Military Working Dogs perform a variety of roles to keep others safe and to help execute a variety of missions. Some of these military working dogs are honored throughout their career with retirements and awards, but today is a great day to recognize the service of all military working dogs. One way to recognize military working dogs today is to use the #NationalK9VeteransDay hashtag.
The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, supply, logistics and production. Brig Gen Buhler (ret) is a member of the Air Force Association, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada is scheduled to host the upcoming 2019 Air Force Trials from March 1 to March 7, 2019. The Air Force Trails are a Paralympic-style competitive event with adaptive sports tailored to the capabilities of the wounded warrior athletes. 150 competitors are eligible to compete.
According to the Air Force Wounded Warrior website, each “athlete is competing to earn one of 40 slots on Team Air Force in anticipation of being a participant at the Department of Defense Warrior Games” being held from June 21 through June 30, 2019. The 2019 DoD Warrior games will be hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida.
According to the official Facebook DoD Warrior Games page, “the Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports.” Additionally, athletes will participate in “14 events, including archery, wheelchair basketball, cycling, track and field, and swimming. There will be three new events this year — golf, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.”
The event is scheduled to bring in a large number of athletes and their families, plus approximately 1,000 coaches and staff members. For more information on the event and the effort underway to host the event, visit this article. For those interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 813 826-2854.
The author, United States Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the lead consultant and CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, technology, logistics and production. Brig Gen (ret) Buhler is a supporter of wounded warriors.
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