We received a request from a best-selling author to connect with soldiers engaged in the joint U.S.-Australian-Afghan National Army battle with the Taliban in September 2008 near Ana Kalay in Uruzgan province. If you can help, read on. And if you can’t, pass it along – maybe someone you know can.
Sandra Lee is an Australian author writing a book about an Australian Army explosive detection dog (EDD) named Sarbi. Sarbi went missing for 14 months following a joint U.S.-Australian-ANA patrol that was ambushed by Taliban fighters on September 2, 2008 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
An American K-9 handler, Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez, made the ultimate sacrifice, though his dog Jacko survived. At the time of his death, Sgt. Rodriguez’s family was living at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.
Sandra hopes to connect with any soldiers who knew or worked with Sgt. Rodriguez. He was assigned to the K-9 unit of the 527th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, which was based out of Germany at the time.
The Australian dog, Sarbi, was injured during the battle, went missing for more than a year and was subsequently recovered by a U.S. Special Forces soldier in Uruzgan. Sandra is trying to locate this soldier as well, who found Sarbi and returned her to the Australian FOB, as well as any other members of his patrol.
If you can help in any way, please contact Sandra Lee directly or send her a Twitter message @FitToPrint. Many thanks!