• December 20, 2014

Killeen native helps train working dogs for military

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Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 4:30 am

Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Maloy, son of Bridget and David Rencher of Killeen, is a military working dog handler with the 341st Training Squadron, Department of Defense Military Working Dog Program. It’s the world’s largest training center for military working dogs and handlers, dating back to 1958.

The DoD Military Working Dog Veterinary Service and the Lt. Col. Daniel E. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital — the largest of their kinds — are also at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

“My job as a military working dog handler is to train dogs that are bought from various breeders in basic obedience, drug and explosives odor detection and attack work,” said the 2000 Ellison High School graduate.

He earned an associate degree in 2012 from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

“The trained dogs are then sent to the other branches of service and their respective bases that need a military working dog to fulfill the mission,” he said.

Maloy joined the Air Force in 2001 and became a military working dog handler in 2005. He said his goal is to retire as a master sergeant in the Air Force and to join a civilian K-9 agency.

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