Alexandra has spent her life surrounded by dogs since a young child. Growing up her father bred and raised 20 to 25 dogs at a time for hunting. Alexandra spent many years learning how to train dogs to track and hunt animal for food for their family. She also spent time with the local Sheriff Office K9 team, laying tracks for the blood hounds for training.
At the age of 17 Alexandra enlisted in the United States Army as a 31K; Military Working Dog Handler. After basic training, she was sent to Lackland AFB to attend Military Working Dog School where she graduated top of her class receiving the Top Dog Award from the school. The next four years working and training numerous MWDs in detection of explosives and narcotics, extensive obedience training and obstacle courses as well as patrol bite work.
Throughout her time as a handler she was selected to go on 9 different secret service dogs with her bomb dogs MWD Charley & MWD Oki including missions for Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense , Joint Chief of Staff, she also assigned to both the Democratic & Republican National Conventions of 2016. During this time, she conducted thousands of explosive sweeps to provide security to the military installation and fellow soldiers. She also attended an advance k9 decoy course. In 2017 Alexandra was honorable discharge from the Army and continued her career in the dog world in the private sector.
She worked for Service Dog Express a service dog company that trained service dogs for a large range of disabilities, AMK9 where she trained police K9 dogs for law enforcement agencies & other federal agencies.
In 2018 Alexandra began her own dog training company called Command K9 Behavior which is the sister company to Command K9 Service Dogs. She also became an explosive detection dog handler for Garrison & Sloan working on the Disney Cruise Line in Port Canaveral, FL, ensuring the cruise ship, guest, staff, luggage and port were free and clear of explosives.
In 2019 she became the head trainer for another nonprofit training service dogs for disabled veterans.
During this time Alexandra attended Jo Thor Dog Trainers Academy and after a couple years obtained her Master Dog Trainers Certificate.
Alexandra is a 100% disabled veteran herself but had such a love for the dog that she wanted to begin an organization that would help fellow veterans like herself get through the daily struggles brought on by service-connected disabilities. She has her own service dog named Trump, who helps her with mobility, PTSD, Panic Attacks & depression. He has been her service dog for almost 3 years and has made a remarkable impact on her daily life. Throughout her own experience in the military causing physical and physiological disabilities, she has learned the true impact a properly trained service dog can provide to someone’s daily life. Alexandra wants to share her knowledge and training with other veterans to provide the best quality of life possible to those who have gave everything to out country.
Mike began his military career nearly 13 years ago as a Combat Engineer, with a passion and love for all things canine related He was unaware that as a Engineer He could be a dog handler. After his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, He decided to re enlist for Mine Detection Dog school within the Engineer Regiment. Fast forward to October of 2010, He entered MDD school and was 1 of 6 who graduated as a new Handler with his German Shepherd best friend Tobi after a grueling 6 month course.
They created a bond like no other. March of 2012 they deployed to Afghanistan in support of operation enduring freedom to conduct route and area clearance missions to allow coalition and friendly forces the ability to have the freedom of maneuver throughout the region. Tobi and Mike were apart of over 110 missions including route clearance, area clearance including mine field reduction, Fob expansion and numerous foot patrols. His ability to have the utmost faith and knowledge of Tobi’s capability to bring himself And many others home safe. March 2013 they returned home from their 12 month deployment back to fort Leonard wood Missouri.
March of 2014, Mike was one of 4 people selected from the Engineer Canine company to attend Specialized Search Dog school at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio Texas. This would be one of his proudest accomplishments. As within the engineer regiment there are only a handful of combat engineers who are dog handlers, but He was now going to be in a smaller group of engineers that were dual trained and certified as a mine detection dog handler and a specialized search dog handler. He graduated SSD school July of 2014 and headed back to FLW were He continued training and became a team leader for a SSD Squad.
Mike is currently transitioning from the military to the civilian side of the K9 world and will be working for Global K9 Protection group. As well As attend A dog training academy for the next 2 and a half years to obtain his master trainer certification. Working and caring for dogs hadms been a life long passion since Mike was a child. To be able to help veterans during their hardest times with a coping mechanism and way for them to find peace in training dogs, He couldn’t think of a better way to give back to the warrior community.
“I had the fortunate opportunity to pair with Alexandra through another organization. But I decided to continue with her at Command K9 Service Dogs because of the education, training, and professionalism with every dog. I am proud to support her and to help this amazing organization that is helping veterans every day!”
United States Army Veteran
“Being around other veterans and together getting our dogs trained and getting to know each other has been a great experience. I always look forward to going to training just to get out of the house and learn new things. Ally you are amazing, and I hope more veterans will come to training. Thank you so much”
United States Army
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Life with out a friend is unbearable and my life with my command K9 trained service dog, Disney would be unthinkable. She is what makes my day , she is my friend, my support and my comfort in life. I knew she was a good dog but she became a great dog after she was trained. Thank you Command K9 and a special thanks to Ally.
- Phillip Loranger
United States Army
US Army Chief Warrant Officer (Retired)
Couldn't ask for better group that really does what they say. Even when any of us are not doing good no one gives up on us. That means a lot because i know there are times i haven't been able to make it to training and you all are still there and not giving up and not giving up on any of us that have been going through thing means the world. I will sing your praises to everyone and i point veterans your way.
United States Marine Corps
Command K9 service dogs has made a real difference in my life by helping me feel comfortable while in public. I am even able to take my wife to Disney (her favorite place) and tolerate the crowds and lines with my service dog Molly. Molly was donated to command K9 and trained by Alexandra. I am very happy with the results and recommend anyone struggling with PTSD to at least learn what Service dogs can provide and help you through.
United States Army
HM1 (FMF/IDC) Price hometown is Smiths Station, AL he attended Navy Boot Camp in 2000 after a short stint in the Marines and the College scene. Student loans will make you do crazy things. Upon completion of boot camp, he attended Apprentice Seamanship Training where he learned basic skills in marlinespike seamanship, knots, and splices, ship nomenclature, damage control, firefighting, hazardous material handling, emergency escape from a confined space, watch standing, aids to navigation, boat and passenger safety, maintenance of coating systems, CPR, use of oxygen breathing apparatus, and water survival techniques. As a striker he was required to go to sea prior to departing for Hospital Corpsman School so he spent his days chipping paint and down time earning his Small Boats Helmsman certification. Just waiting for an opening for school. During that time, he was meritoriously promoted to E4 due to his work ethics and leadership skills. Fifteen months later off to corpsman school. A corpsman (HM) is an enlisted medical specialist of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. But before he got to go back with his Jarhead friends, he must complete fleet marine service school. Which upon completion of the course, he was able to identify medical conditions resulting from combat wounds or injuries; provide treatment for specific medical conditions; triage casualties for treatment or evacuation; evaluate field sanitation related to water and waste disposal and correct deficiencies; assist in the chain of evacuation for casualties; introduce practices for preventive medicine; apply appropriate resources for decontamination of hazardous materials; treat specified dental emergencies; and respond to specified psychological problems.
In 2002 at school of infantry as a Sr Line HM he was responsible to insure all of the students are kept safe by providing medical classes, water testing, and support for live fire exercises just to name a few. During his stay in Bahrain he got the opportunity to work with the RHIB boat team of special warfare unit three. Providing HM coverage, sick call, and immunizations to keep the team ready for anything. He also worked in medical administration for a short period of time.
In 2005 as Sr Line Corpsmen for 4th MEB AT BN he received advanced medical training by completing OEMS course where they learned how to maintain patients in a field setting for a prolonged time in case a medevac was not available. This prepared him and his team of HM for their multiple deployments in Iraq with boots on ground with their Marines.
In 2007 at the Naval Operational Medical Institute as the Clinic LPO he was responsible for over 20 HM and 6 different medical departments. During his leadership he got the opportunity to attend work center supervisor and LPO leaderships courses. These courses helped make him a better leader and supervisor. He also had the opportunity to attend the tactical combat casualty care and combat lifesaver instructor course at Camp Lejeune, NC. This training allowed him to come back and train the aviators and aviation crew techniques that could save their lives. Prior to their departure to a combat zone.
2009 reported to IDC school upon completion of IDC, he was able to apply diagnostic and management skills relative to disorders generally encountered in the clinical setting for adult medicine and selected subspecialties; demonstrate and perform administration, health care and strong communication skills in the health care environment; demonstrate diagnostic and management skills relative to emergency or injured patients; perform procedures independently; and demonstrate leadership skills to operate independent of a medical officer.
2010 he would report to first battalion ninth marines. As the Battalion LPO he received the opportunity to learn leadership both through good and bad leader styles. 1/9 was the hardest and most rewarding group of Marines and Sailors he has ever served with. On March 18th 2013 that bond became unbreakable when they all experienced seven of their comrades die during a training mission. They died when a double-loaded round was placed in a mortar tube, causing an explosion. The victims of the accident were Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn, PFC Joshua Martino, Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick, Jr., Lance Cpl. Joshua Taylor, Lance Cpl. Mason Vanderwork, Lance Cpl. William Wild, IV, and Corp. Aaron Ripperda. He also had the opportunity to deploy with these men and they are all true Deadwalkers. He completed multiple tours in Afghanistan with this unit. He stayed with this unit until they retired the colors once again for the first battalion ninth marines in 2014.
In 2015 reported to Afloat Training Group as an Afloat Training Specialist. His final duty station brought a new task of challenges they decided to put a sailor that knew nothing about the navy to the unit that inspects all of the pacific fleet ships. It was a challenge and helped him realize the severity of his TBI and PTSD when it came to memory retention. Thanks to a great group of leaders that took care of him I was able to medically retire and take care of himself and his family for a change.
So here he is now still serving and still here for his fellow brothers and sisters. DOC OUT!
Enlisted in the United States Army in 1986 – 1991 she served as a 63B LT wheeled vehicle mechanic at Fort Carson in the 360thTransportation Unit and then 759th military police battalion. She toured in multiple countries including Germany, Italy and Korea. She was blessed with multiple athletic opportunities within the United States Army before she deployed with 102nd Military Police Intelligence Battalion to Syria in support of Dessert Storm. In 1991 Shawn was medically discharges due to service connected injuries.
After her time in the military she pursed a career in law enforcement. She spent 1992-1997 working on a Criminal Justice Degree, she was hired on with the City of Fort Lauderdale Parking. With high achievements and instituting FTO training manuals and criteria for training officers for parking divisions due to unlawful citations being issues from the City of Fort Lauderdale, Shawn designed the parking divisions after 9/11 for six district courthouses for the Broward County Sheriffs Office. After her time as a working for the city, she became a police officer for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for 6 years and worked as a court deputy in Broward County Six District Courthouse for 2 years, retiring after.
After retiring, she started two construction companies, Tracker Construction Company and Blackstar Construction Companies where she renovated and help design homes.
Shawn has had multiple service dogs to help with her service connected disabilities losing her last one in 2017 to cancer. We are blessed to have Shawn on our team, she is a value part of our organization and huge support. Shawn is now a 100% T/P disabled veteran.
In March 2021 Shawn became our fundraising officer, in charge of gathering donations items, spreading the working and helping coordinate events.
Ken graduated from the University of Mississippi and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1989. Following flight school and designation as a naval aviator he was sent to his first operational assignment as a H-53E pilot with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FOUR (HC-4) in Sigonella, Sicily. While there he participated in Operations Provide Comfort and Southern Watch and flew critical missions in support of NATO to establish, and then preserve peace during and after the Bosnian War. Returning stateside, he was qualified as both a T-34C fixed-wing and TH-57 helicopter instructor. Following his first shore tour, he reported aboard the USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) for his non-flying tour and upon completion set off to the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College where he obtained a Master’s of Military Arts and Sciences. Right after September 11th occurred, he quickly returned to HC-4 and served a vital role in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as a detachment Officer in Charge operating out of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. In 2004 he received a follow-on assignment to the United States Pacific Command in Hawaii where he participated in Operation Unified Assistance in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as well as an on-site specialist during the deadly mudslide in southern Leyte, Philippines, in 2006. He desired to continue operating within the Pacific area of operations and in 2007 he accepted orders to the Navy International Programs Office (NIPO) located in Washington, D.C. as the Country Program Director for Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand. While there, he was hand selected to attend the Defense Security Cooperation Agency sponsored Global Master of Arts Program and received a Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy master’s degree in international affairs. Upon transfer from NIPO, he attended the 56 week long Japanese language course at the Defense Language Institute with follow on study at Japan’s National Institute of Defense Studies (NIDS) in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduation from NIDS in 2011, he stayed in Tokyo and transferred to the U.S. Embassy to work at the Mutual Defense Assistance Office (MDAO) as the Director of Naval Aviation and C4I Programs. Upon conclusion of over 4 years in Tokyo, his final assignment led him to the Naval Air Warfare Command Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) located in Orlando, Florida. After 27 years of Naval Service, Commander Becker retired in January 2017 and following a short period in the Defense Industry, now works as a U.S. Department of the Navy civilian at NAWCTSD.
Commander Becker’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two), Navy Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (two), and various other unit and service awards.