DOG name: NALA
Team since: 2015

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SSgt Brent Sharp, USMC (ret.)

SSgt Sharp entered the Marine Corps in 1987. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Upon completion of recruit training, he attended his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) school at Camp Pendleton, CA. After he graduated from MOS school he was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC. Other than his first assignment SSgt Sharp has been assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS)-471, MWSS-172, 4th Military Police BN, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Tank BN, Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, Combat Logistics BN-2, Headquarters 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment-27, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU)-2. SSgt Sharp deployed with CLB-2 to Al-Asad Iraq in 2008. During this deployment SSgt Sharp was exposed to a Blast. He was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not quite two years after being exposed to a blast, SSgt Sharp was involved in a Motocross mishap. He fractured his tibia x2, fibula, ankle and both great toes. He also sustained a torn MCL and a blood clot in his knee. NALA was abandoned on the side of the road as a puppy and placed into a no-kill shelter. Brent saw the picture of NALA online immediately headed to the shelter in Hickory NC. NALA is now 20 months old and she is Brent’s very best friend. They are together night and day. Currently NALA has been trained to wake Brent up during nightmares. They are working on new commands every day and NALA will soon become fully trained to help Brent mitigate both his physical and psychiatric symptoms.








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