Military Program Breeds Dogs for Duty

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Russell Minta, senior noncommissioned officer for the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, holds a puppy in his hand. The program provides working dogs to every service branch and numbers among the largest military breeding programs in the world. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • A Belgian Malinois puppy rests in the arms of Army Sgt. 1st Class Russell Mintau at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Bernadine Green, deputy director for the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, plays with a litter of puppies.  DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Bernadine Green, deputy director for the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, holds a puppy. Green is among a team of dog experts who evaluate puppies nearly from birth for attributes of an effective military working dog. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Bernadine Green, deputy director for the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, cuddles with a puppy. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Bernadine Green, deputy director for the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, explains the breeding program with a display of puppies only a day old as a backdrop.  DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Jesse Ayar plays with Donja, a Belgian Malinois, as part of his work at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Jesse Ayar plays with Donja, a Belgian Malinois, as part of his work at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Jesse Ayar plays with Donja, a Belgian Malinois, as part of his work at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Jesse Ayar plays with Donja, a Belgian Malinois, as part of his work at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Jesse Ayar plays with Donja, a Belgian Malinois, as part of his work at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Donja, an older pup, watches younger puppies at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • A litter of puppies from the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program play at the center on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Puppies begin to walk up at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Two puppies pal around at the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Russell Mintau leaves the facililty for the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Breeding Program on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. DOD photo by Linda Hosek