Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Staff Sgt. Joshua Washington & Jings


Back in 2009 Staff Sgt. Joshua Washington, a U.S. Army Military Working Dog handler assigned to the 221st Military Police Detachment at Fort Eustis, VA, and Jings, a five-year-old male Belgian Malinois who specializes in patrol and explosive detection, were guests here on the blog.

From the Q & A:
How did Jings get his name?

MWDs are given their names when they are purchased by the Department of Defense from a breeder. They also have a National Stock Number (something like a Social Security Number) that is tattooed in their ear. DoD purchasing teams are tasked with locating breeders throughout the world that meet the strict criteria to produce dogs that can be considered for the MWD program. The dogs are sent from these chosen breeders to the DoD Military Working Dog Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Once MWDs graduate from the training school, they are sent to kennels on military installations around the globe.
Read the complete interview.

--Marshal Zeringue


  1. Great interview Staff Sgt. Joshua Washington & Jings.
    I enjoyed all the different aspects of behind the scenes. All the training and hard work you do
    must be so rewarding.
    Thank you for serving our country.

    Cinnamon and Linda Seattle, WA

  2. A big HOOAH to you Staff Sgt. Joshua Washington, Jings and all of our service men and women!!! Thank you so much for serving out country!!! May you all be blessed and kept safe!
    Many Thanks,
    Max and Max's Ma

  3. Great post! I love reading about service dogs.

    A big thank you to the men, women, and dogs who serve.

    Stay safe.

  4. We too love to read about service dogs and their handlers. We also say a big thank you for all they do for us all over the world. Bravo to them all. Great interview and after the events in Boston very timely. Sgt. Joshua Washington and Jings we say thank you and take care. Sunday is our marathon and we are sure the whole of London will be out in support of Boston and your country.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Thank you Thank you and Thank you for all you both do each and everyday!!! We are sending you are big ole hug!
    stella rose and sibs