Coba, a 3-year-old chocolate lab trained to detect tactical explosives, chews on a tennis ball as David Sheffer, her handler and dog trainer, explains Coba’s capabilities for Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Official Page) at the National Training Center/Fort Irwin June 14.
A US Army dog handler patrols with his canine partner. These Military Working Dogs are a vital part of the war in Afghanistan. They sniff out weapons and drug caches, and most importantly, they find IEDs before the IED finds our soldiers, Marines, Airmen or sailors.
Roy, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois military working dog, seeks comfort from his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joel Brooks, 405th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron dog handler
A US Marine dog handler, ‘shakes’ with Dusty his military working dog, during a break in patrol.
A US Marine rests with his military working dog, during a break in patrol through an Afghan farm.
A US Marine takes up a defensive position with his K9 during a foot patrol in the Afghan mountains.
A US Marine dog handler shows his K9 some love while on a patrol in Afghanistan.
A US Marine dog handler, and his military working dog pull security during a patrol in Afghanistan.
Military working dogs are absolutely incredible and a vital part of military operations. They are under appreciated, they can sniff out anything from an insurgent in a drainage pipe, to a bomb in a dead animal, not to mention they boost the moral of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines around them.