LAPD Teach Marines How to Train Afghan Police

JULIE WATSON | Associated Press/AP Online July 12, 2010 LOS ANGELES – A tough-talking, muscular Los Angeles police sergeant steadily rattled off tips to a young Marine riding shotgun as they raced in a patrol car to a drug bust: Be aware of your surroundings. Watch people’s body language. Build rapport. Marine Lt. Andrew Abbott, 23, took it all in as he peered out at the graffiti-covered buildings, knowing that the lessons he learned recently in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods could help him soon in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. “People are the center of gravity and if you do everything you can to protect them, then they’ll protect you,” he said. “That’s something true here and pretty much everywhere.” Abbott was among 70 Camp Pendleton Marines in a training exercise that aims to adapt the investigative techniques the LAPD has used for decades against violent street gangs to take on the Taliban more as a powerful drug-trafficking mob than an...
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501c3 Approved!

The process has been a little long, but well worth the wait. As of July 2nd, 2010, Sheep Dog – Impact Assistance is officially a 501c3 Non-Profit Approved Organization. Our primary focus is helping people, plain and simple. Having an approved non-profit status will enable us to raise the support needed to truly make a positive impact in the lives of those we intend to help. We are excited about the future of Sheep Dog IA and missions that lay before us....
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Weekly Survival Tips

Starting tomorrow, July 1st, we will begin posting a weekly survival tip. This first tip will post on a Thursday, but all subsequent tips will post on Wednesdays. This is a fun and useful way to share many of our tips on basic survival techniques. You never know when a little information might go a long way towards preventing you from becoming a statistic. Our hope is that you will enjoy our weekly survival tips enough to share them with friends and family. Do not hesitate to share comments or information on how a tip impacted your life, and please share some of your unique tips on survival. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are great ways for you to share....
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FDNY firefighter promoted to Marine Corps Major in firehouse

NEW YORK — When FDNY Firefighter Jason Brezler was to be promoted to Major in the Marine Corps Reserves, he was told he could choose where the ceremony would take place. He said he immediately knew where he wanted it, but it wasn’t the Iwo Jima Memorial, his unit in Washington D.C. or even where he was stationed in Afghanistan. He chose his firehouse, Engine 45 and Ladder 58 in the Bronx. “Why do this [ceremony] in a garage in the Bronx?” Firefighter Brezler said following the June 18 ceremony. “I’m proud to be part of two of the greatest organizations in this country – the FDNY and the USMC. Some of my best friends are here. For me, it made perfect sense.” Dozens of family and friends attended the ceremony, where Firefighter Walter Powers, who also works at Ladder 58 and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, officiated. “I’ve been in the Marine Corps for 22 years, and I can...
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Lance Returns, Sheep Dog Expands

As the members of any new organization will tell you, having the Founder and CEO out-of-pocket for several days puts a strain on day-to-day business activities. Having the Founder and CEO deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom gives “out-of-pocket” a whole new meaning. As of June 4th Lance and his Marines & Sailors ended a 13 month deployment that began May 1st of 2009. Saying that we are happy to have Lance home is an understatement! We are extremely proud of the sacrifices made by all our brave men and women serving around the world, especially our men and women serving on the front lines of the war on terror. Please keep in mind these sacrifices, just like the men and women serving on the home front in Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services, societies Sheepdog’s are continuously on call and making the ultimate sacrifice. In Lance’s absence Sheep Dog IA has continued moving forward...
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Wishing the Army a Happy 235th Birthday!

Two hundred and thirty-five years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our Nation. From the Revolutionary War to the current operations taking place around the world, our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 235th birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, Families and Civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. Being Army Strong goes beyond physical endurance and mental preparedness. It encompasses an indomitable spirit, and high ethical and moral values. These are not only desirable traits in a person, but in a Nation that wishes to live up to the ideals and vision of its founders. We are “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation.” Visit the Army website and say Thank You!...
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80 year old Sheepdog kills “wolf” in Chicago!

An 80-year-old Chicago man shot and killed an armed man who broke into his two-story house in a pre-dawn home invasion Wednesday on the city’s West Side. At about 5:20 a.m., the homeowner and his wife, also in her 80s, discovered the intruder entering their home through a back door. The homeowner, who had a gun, confronted and killed the burglar on the doorstep, police said. Cops said the intruder also fired his gun during the struggle. The 80-year-old home owner is an Army veteran! Read the article....
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Two Sheepdogs Killed in West Memphis, AR

West Memphis – Authorities say two West Memphis police officers were shot and killed by two men with AK-47s during a traffic stop on a busy interstate. The two suspects later died in a shootout with police in the crowded parking lot of a Walmart. West Memphis Police Inspector Bert Shelton says officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans were “running drug interdiction” on Interstate 40 in east Arkansas when they pulled over a white van with Ohio license plates Thursday afternoon. Shelton says two men got out of the van and opened fire on the officers with Ak-47s. Read the full story....
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