Kenneth Frantz was born May 1947, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After two years at the University of Oklahoma, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September 1967. Upon graduation from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he was assigned as a Troop Leader, 2d Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton. Receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant via the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1969, he attended The Basic School and Marine Corps Engineer School, whereupon his first assignment was as a Platoon Commander, 8th Engineer Battalion, 2d Force Troops, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Volunteering for overseas duty, he was transferred to Third Combat Engineer Battalion, Okinawa, Japan in January 1971. There he served as Assistant Operations Officer; Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Service Company; Battalion Atomic Demolition’s Munitions Officer and Officer in Charge of the Leadership School.

Returning to Camp Lejeune, he served at the Marine Corps Engineer School, first as the Senior Instructor, Special Subjects, and later as the Executive Officer, Student Command. He was then transferred to Fort Belvoir, Virginia in May 1974 to attend the U. S. Army Engineer Officers’ Advanced Course.

Returning to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Captain Frantz served as the Maintenance Operations Officer. During this assignment, he was temporarily assigned to Camp Pendleton as the Engineer Officer for OPERATION NEW ARRIVAL where he promptly set about accomplishing the priority task of establishing camps in six days to house 18,000 Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees who were fleeing their countries after the Vietnam conflict. Before terminating operations, the Camp Pendleton Reception and Processing Center would process over 50,000 refugees in less than seven months.

Returning to San Diego, Captain Frantz initially assumed duties as Commanding Officer of Service Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion and from October 1975 until June 1978, he served as the Facility Management Officer for the Depot.

Returning Overseas, this time to Iwakuni, Japan and First Marine Aircraft Wing, he served as the Wing Utilities Officer prior to assuming duties as Executive Officer, Detachment “C”, Marine Wing Support Group-17.

Following his transfer to the First Combat Engineer Battalion, First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, he served as the Operations Officer, Logistics Officer, Commanding Officer, Support Company and Battalion Executive Officer. Additionally, during this time he served as Headquarters Commandant for the 5th Marine Amphibious Brigade during exercise GALLANT EAGLE.

Upon graduation from the Marine Corps Command & Staff College at Quantico, Major Frantz participated in the College Degree Completion Program and graduated from Central State College, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Management.

In January 1985, Lieutenant Colonel Frantz was assigned as the Engineer Officer, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic where he additionally served as Engineer Staff Officer for the Second Marine Amphibious Force (Il MAF) and the Fourth Marine Amphibious Brigade (4th MAB).

Upon his transfer to Okinawa, Lieutenant Colonel Frantz initially served as the Third Marine Expeditionary Force (Ill MEF) Engineer Officer and then as the Commanding Officer, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion. While serving as Battalion Commander, he was selected to the grade of Colonel and served his last year on Okinawa as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, Third Marine Expeditionary Force.

Transferring to Hawaii, he was the Commanding Officer of Brigade Service Support Group 1, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Kaneohe, Hawaii, from June 1991 to December 1992.

Upon joining Marine Forces, Pacific, he initially served as the MARFORPAC Liaison Officer to U.S. Central Command during OPERATION RESTORE HOPE and assumed duties as the Force Engineer Officer for Marine Forces, Pacific, on April 1993, and served in that billet until December 1993.


After the Commandant of the Marine Corps approved the permanent establishment of the U.S. MARCENT Liaison Officer billet to be located at Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, Colonel Frantz performed those duties from December 1993 until April 1997.

He then returned to Okinawa and served once again as Assistant Chief of Staff G-4, Third Marine Expeditionary Force until his retirement June 1999.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Gold star, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Humanitarian Service Medal with gold star, National Defense Service Medal with star, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 5 stars.

Upon retirement, he and his Wife Diana of DuBois, Pennsylvania, moved to their Florida cattle ranch until relocating to Ashville New York in April Of 2005. In 2011, they moved to Conroe, Texas to help family members and escape the cold New York winters.

In October 2005, Ken was elected as President/Secretary of the Marine Corps Engineer Association and assumed additional duties as Executive Director in 2007. From 2005 until January 2016, he served 10 years as Secretary, webmaster, contracting officer and newsletter editor, 8 years as Executive Director, 6 years as President and filled in as Treasurer, Chaplain, Historian and Associate Director.

Ken stepped down from his duties in 2016 to become full-time caregiver for Diana until she passed away March 2019.

In August 2019, Ken returned to his volunteer duties with the Marine Corps Engineer Association as a Permanent Associate Director and moved to Gleannloch Farms in Spring, Texas.

November 2019, Ken was elected to the Board of Directors and as Executive Director for Future Operations Base; a Houston area non-profit assisting active duty and veterans, plus first responders and eligible family members.

February 2020, Ken became a foster dad to Honor, a yellow Labrador puppy in support of The Rescue for PTSD. The goal is to train Honor and pair her with a wounded warrior from the Lone Survivor Foundation.

April 2020

92347579_645168212698424_1056510110265769984_oWhile we are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis, we were still able to have a great start to the month with Dallas being reunited with his Veteran Jeremy! Dallas returns home as a service dog and we are so excited for him! Jeremy did an excellent job socializing Dallas so our training went very fast. Dallas is a smart pup and now has great obedience and quite a few service skills under his collar to help Jeremy out. We are going to miss Dallas’s playful and cuddly personality, but he is set up to be an amazing companion for Jeremy. We will have 3-month, 6-month & yearly check-ins with them so this will not be the last we see of this great team!


Honor and Mikey were also featured in Working Paws K9 Training‘s “How To” video series to help pet owners train during quarantine! Be sure to check out their features by clicking on their names below!

Honor (Place)

Honor (Recall) 

Mikey (Under) 

Mikey (Up)

Our Pup Madness Bracket Challenge is fun for the whole family!
It’s basically a dog popularity contest in the format of the March Madness basketball bracket. Pick your favorite dog in each match-up, all the way to the Championship round! A $10 donation is appreciated, but not necessary to play. All proceeds to go the care and training of our service dogs! the day before our 14 May 2014 Monument Dedication

We are so excited to welcome Ken Frantz to our Board as our Vice President! You can learn more about Ken on Our Team page and stay tuned for more updates on Ken and Honor!

We also now have officially opened a LinkedIn page! To see our page and follow it, please click here!

We are so happy to share that Apollo went home to live with Miguel on April 19th! We can’t wait to start seeing them at our Monthly Group Lessons!

We also placed Mikey with Rita on April 21st! We are so thankful to AARF Houston for letting us adopt this fantastic pup so he could fulfill his life mission to be Rita’s service dog. Our amazing trainer Sam Scott (Workingpawsk9training) has already held a couple of lessons with the pair and they are working well together. They will be part of our monthly Group Program, and we know Mikey’s ultra-loving personality will help Rita immediately! Congratulations Rita & Mikey!!!

March 2020


Only a few days into the month and already we have so much to share!  We have a amazing new member in our Organization, Ken Frantz.  He is going to be Honor’s foster Dad and is going to bring so much more to our group!  He is a retired Marine Colonel and is very involved in numerous Veteran’s organizations.  WELCOME Ken!!


We would like to introduce everyone to Mikey! After a test week with us, we decided to adopt Mikey from our fantastic Partner rescue groups, Adopt A Rescued FriendHe hopes to be a service dog for one of the Veterans in our Monthly Group Program who doesn’t have a canine partner yet. He is a very sweet and cuddly guy, and is already learning quickly. Stay tuned for updates on this adorable pup and how fast he takes to his job!

We were thrilled that Dallas’s Veteran Jeremy was able to come this month to visit and work with Dallas, they were both so happy to see each other (and the rest of Jeremy’s family!). Dallas is now with our new foster Michelle (WELCOME!) to see how close he is to working all his skills with someone new – and with a good report card he may be close to going home!IMG_7419

It’s official, Dallas is a good boy!! His AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate came in the mail, shortly after seeing his family. Way to go Dallas!

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we had to cancel our March group lesson but are looking forward to starting it up again as soon as it is safe to do so. We encourage everyone to stay safe in this time.


February 2020

It has been a busy few months! Our amazing founder and CEO, Laura, alongside Sam’s Astrid starred in an awesome commercial for Chevron this past month. Check it out below or click here:

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IMG_8468We also got our fifth service dog in training. Honor is the newest and youngest addition to The Rescue for PTSD.  She was donated to us on Valentine’s Day 2020 by a very generous group of patrons who bid on her at the Kiss for the Cure event benefitting The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  She will be trained and hopefully paired with a Veteran from the Lone Survivor Foundation. Honor is being trained as part of what we hope will become a fantastic new Partnership with The Belle’s of Houston & the Lone Survivor Foundation !

Our February Group lesson was we believe the best yet!  We welcomed three new members and had eleven teams working hard.  We also had a few special guest visitors.  Jessica & Deanne from Paws for Heroes came to see what our group program is all about.  See more about their Organization on our Partner page.


And last but certainly not least, Jeff & Tuve participated in the group lesson as part of their 1-year check-in.  Tuve is doing an amazing job, she still knows all the commands we taught her and she never leaves Jeff’s side.  We could not have asked for a better partner for her!


January 2020

Happy New Year! We are so excited for the new year as we have some big goals to achieve. We will be starting Dallas’ training January 10th and Lady will get to work later in the month. Between the two of them and our ever-growing monthly lessons, we will have a lot to share in 2020! We are excited to finally have the resources to train two dogs, but we are still on the hunt for a great foster family as we are unfortunately losing our fosters due to a job change which will take them out of state. 😦
Our Group lesson for January was great – Anubis passed her AKC Canine Good Citizen test and Bravo’s obedience has progressed enough to have earned him his Service Dog In Training vest!  We are looking forward to our February Group lesson as Jeff and Tuve are visiting as part of their 1-year check-in with us!  None of us can believe it has already been a year for them!  We will also be welcoming three new Veterans to the Monthly Program next month, so exciting! 🙂