War Dog Advocacy Coalition (WDAC)

The ROMP War Dog Advocacy Coalition or WDAC was formed to represent Elinore, Ray Olley’s best friend & ship mascot of LSM-311 lost in the Pacific Ocean after WWII because of cruelty by an unknown shipmate in 1944.  WDAC is as an extension of the ROMP objectives of promoting community and national awareness against animal cruelty, kindness to animals, the value of dogs as the best companions that assist in emotional support of individuals who may suffer from PTSD, depression, or loneliness as well as in special training to assist persons with disabilities, servicepersons during war efforts, Police, Fire & 1st responders during emergencies & rescue, and line of defense against terrorism in community to  national security efforts.

Alee Rashenskas, US Army Veteran

Alee attended the United States Military Academy- graduated & commissioned into the US Army in 2017. I commissioned as a Military Police Officer. I attended the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri & then went to the 759th Military Police Battalion at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There I worked in the Battalion logistics office for about 6 months and then was assigned as a Platoon Leader for the 59th Military Police Company. I deployed with my platoon to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve- we were doing work in Poland and Germany during the rotation. Upon return, I was named the Executive Officer for the 69th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog). I was in charge of the kennel at Fort Carson- 22 people and 18 dogs. I was in that role for about 14 months and then moved to work for the Directorate of Emergency Services

Sgt. Tyler Bailey, Bradley P.D. (ret.)

Tyler was born and raised in Iroquois County, where he grew up with a fairly large family. He attended Clifton Central High School, then continued his education at Illinois State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a police Sergeant for the Bradley Police Department. He currently resides in Bradley, IL with his wife Sydney and dog Tucker. He enjoys watching the Chicago White Sox, NASCAR races, and fishing/hunting with friends. Tyler is excited to be a part of this team.

Sydney Bailey

Sydney was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois. She attended Kankakee High School, then later got her bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications and leadership while attending Illinois State University. She currently resides in Bradley, IL with her husband Tyler and dog Tucker. She works at Hertz Farm Management, Inc. where she continues to use her Agriculture degree. She is also actively involved as a coach at Elevate Volleyball Club, in the Bradley area. She is a go-getter with an enthusiastic attitude and is excited to be involved in a great project!

Mark Harwood - USN

I was born in Kankakee county and lived in Bourbonnais.  I graduated from BBCHS in 81 and shortly after joined the USN .  I went to boot camp at great lakes Naval Base and after graduation from boot I went to my a school there to become a boiler technician.  After that I was stationed in San Diego California on the USS TARAWA LHA 1.

After my navy career I came back to my home town and worked as a union labor for most of my life.  I took a 4 year hiatus in the late 90s and went to Dutch harbor at and worked as a deck hand on commercial fishing vessels.  I got my first dog when I was 12 years old and my parents let me take her to Affords kennels for obedience school.  I was hooked on dog training from that moment on.  Regardless of what my main source of income was I always found time and energy to read attend seminars and lectures to improve on the craft of dog training.

Fast forward to 8 years ago I decided to go all in and started my business Custom K9.I have a small breeding program Belgian Malinois and concentrate primarily on raising dogs for police departments and competing in a bite sport called protection sports association.

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