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   They're in the Dog House, And They Like It
During a military police demonstration, Rio chases down Staff Sgt. Darren Smith, 529th MP Company, who is running with the pistol he has just fired at Rio's handler, Staff Sgt. Clayton Glover, also of the 529th.  Photo by Arthur McQueen, USAREUR Public AffairsMIESAU, Germany, May 22, 2006 –  They have four paws, sensitive noses and sharp teeth. Their mission, whether down range or in U.S. Army, Europe, is saving lives and protecting property.

They are military working dogs, and when traveling through USAREUR or guarding the Kaiserslautern military community, they now have a safe, secure place to bed down for the night.  More
   More Than a Dog . . . A Soldier, A Partner
K-9 Unit, Hampton Roads Military Police, World War II.
Military working dogs first entered the service in March of 1942 to serve in the Army’s K-9 Corps. Today, the dogs, who have an actual military service record book assigned to them, are still playing an active role in searching for explosives and seizing the enemy.
Four-Legged Forces Fight Terrorism

USAIC Public Affairs Office – Military working dogs have been used by the U.S. armed forces since World War I.

In World War II, 436 scout dogs walked combat patrols overseas, often detecting the enemy at a 1,000 yards, long before men became aware of them.

Dogs continued to serve with distinction in other conflicts. In Korea, the Army used about 1,500 dogs, primarily for guard duty.

During the Vietnam War, nearly 4,000 dogs were employed and, officially, 281 were killed in action.   More
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U.S. Navy and Marine military working dog handlers give their partners a break after an 8-1/2 hour flight on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John E. Lasky
Trainer Rescues Dog From Fire

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – It was a clear, cool night at Forward Operating Base Wilson near the city of Tikrit in central Iraq.  Staff Sgt. Christopher F. McCleskey gave his canine partner, Katja, food and water and left her in their quarters after a mission. 

"I tried to run into the building, but another sergeant grabbed me and said 'no'. I told him my dog was inside, and I had to go."
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher F. McCleskey  

He ducked into a dining hall shortly before 9 p.m. Jan. 28 for a quick bite to eat.  A half hour later, the calm shattered when an officer shouted the news:  The building McCleskey shared with his dog and 50 other military members was ablaze.  Black smoke choked the night air.   Katja was trapped.  More
 
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BREAK TIME – U.S. Army Spc. Robert Dami, from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, plays fetch with his military working dog Jay at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, June 1, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katrina Beeler
  Photo Essay
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ON THE JOB IN IRAQ – U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Sharp of the 67th Mine Dog Detachment, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and his Military Working Dog, Dino exit a room after searching for weapons during an air assualt mission into Al Mara, Iraq on April 23, 2006. The assualt was part of Operation Swift Sword, a mission to root out Anti-Iraqi Forces, weapons caches and possible training camps. Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Charles W. Gill More Photos.
  Training
Lackland Air Force Base - 341st Training Squadron
Military Working Dogs Protect Forces, Bases During Terror War
Military Working Dogs, Handlers Train for Mission Success
  Working Roles
'Dog Teams' Take on Climate of Iraq
Working Dog Prepares For Retirement After 6 Years of Service
Military Working Dog, Marine Stick Together
Sniffing for a Living
Military Dogs Complete Security Mission
Military Dog Takes Bomb's Bang Away
Military Working Dog Takes Bomb's Bang Away
Military Dogs Play a Key Role Downrange in Iraq
Military Working Dogs Essential Tool in Iraq
FOB McHenry Benefits From ‘Sniff Support’
Marine, Air Force Dog Handlers Work Together in Al Qa’im
Military Working Dogs Save Many Lives
Canine Units in Afghanistan Issued New Protective Vests
  Honors / Memorials
Military Heroes, Families Respond to State of Union Message
New Jersey to Get War Dog Memorial
Security Forces Military Dog Section Honors One of Its Own
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