• A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the...

  • Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Detachment, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, carries her working dog, Bennie, during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Detachment, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, carries her working dog, Bennie, during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at...

  • A working dog team attempts to apprehend a suspect during a human detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team attempts to apprehend a suspect during a human detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from...

  • A working dog team attempts a law enforcement scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team attempts a law enforcement scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated...

  • A working dog team attempt an obedience course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team attempt an obedience course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the...

  • Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, dog handler, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde and her working dog Bennie cool down in a bath after the tactical narcotics detection scenario during the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, dog handler, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde and her working dog Bennie cool down in a bath after the tactical narcotics detection scenario during the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City...

  • A Marine dog handler caked in mud brushes his sleeves after completing the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A Marine dog handler caked in mud brushes his sleeves after completing the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen...

  • A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen...

  • A dog handler carries his working dog during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A dog handler carries his working dog during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe...

  • A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.,  carries her working dog, Bennie during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., carries her working dog, Bennie during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks...

  • A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.,  carries her working dog, Bennie during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., carries her working dog, Bennie during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks...

  • A dog handler carries his working dog during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A dog handler carries his working dog during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe...

  • A working dog team attempts a law enforcement scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team attempts a law enforcement scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated...

  • A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.,  inserts an IV into a dummy dog during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., inserts an IV into a dummy dog during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks...

  • A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the...

  • A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the...

  • A working dog team attempt an obedience course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team attempt an obedience course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the...

  • A Marine and his working dog peek through a fence during a human detection scenario during the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A Marine and his working dog peek through a fence during a human detection scenario during the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from...

  • A working dog team attempts to apprehend a suspect during a human detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team attempts to apprehend a suspect during a human detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from...

  • A working dog claws at a doorway suspect during a human detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog claws at a doorway suspect during a human detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across...

  • A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen...

  • A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen...

  • A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen...

  • A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog team searches for narcotics during the tactical narcotics detection scenario as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen...

  • A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A working dog strikes a decoy during the Hardest Hitting Dog contest as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the...

  • A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.,  carries her working dog, Bennie during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 18-22, 2012. Seventeen teams from across the globe participated in the competition.

    2012 Hawaiian Island Working Dog Competition

    A Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., carries her working dog, Bennie during the Endurance Course as part of the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition, held at Pearl City High School, and at Schofield Barracks...

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HAWAII (July 2, 2012) -- Man and his best friend shed blood, sweat and fur as 17 working dog teams from the Korean Peninsula to Fort Eustis, Va., competed in the 2012 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition hosted by the 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, here, June 18-22.

The kennels on Marine Corps Base Hawaii made a strong showing after missing out on 2011's competition, and won nearly half the awards, headlined by Marine Cpl. Travis Cleaveland and his German Shepherd Lucky, nick named Lucifer, who won Top Dog.

Part devil, part dog, Cleveland and Lucky used their Marine and own personal brand of aggression to kick down doors and take the course by storm.

"We just don't want to give up," said Cleavland. "It's a never-die situation. We harness each others abilities and accomplish everything we can."

Bragging rights aside, the week-long event represented more than just pure competition.

According to Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Reese, 728th MP Bn. kennel master and event coordinator, the Hawaii Islands Working Dog competition is much more than that.

"The most important thing we want to get out of this competition is Espirit de Corps, sharing knowledge, and sharing with the Hawaii community that we are here and showing them what we can do," said Reese.

The teams navigated events from live fires, tactical explosive and narcotics detection to obedience and aggression courses. The competition culminated with a grueling obstacle course.

A series of events designed to test the possibilities a dog handler could encounter on any mission.

"You always have to be on your toes, you always have to be looking for the next thing," said Cleveland. '"You have to be aware of your surroundings, how you are going to encounter any situation at any given time,"

And according to Cleveland how the other military working dog handlers overcome their own obstacles builds unity and knowledge amongst the dog handlers, Marine or Soldier.

One handler defined that spirit. Staff Sgt. Andrea Abilos, a brand new dog handler with the 13th MP Detachment, 728th MP Bn., and her dog Bennie, a veteran of the competition, who at first stumbled during the obstacle course, but then stood up.

Literally.

"My dog needs to go on diet," joked Abilos who carried the massive Bennie like a big hairy, slobbery rucksack up the hills of the obstacle course.

"I want to be competitive. There's a lot of good dog competitors here and I want to put forth my best effort, and I did it, they saw me do it," she continued.

As the military working dog teams return to their kennels across the globe they'll continue to protect the community, protect the Soldier, and support the force.

But this week was for the dogs.

The devil dogs.

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