A two-year-old black Labrador military search dog is back on the Helmand front line sniffing out improvised explosive devices (IEDs) after having recovered from serious injuries sustained during a battle with insurgents.
Left to right: Rifleman (Rfn) Ranjiv Limbu, Rfn Anjan Gurung, Corporal Arun Limbu and Rfn Bidur Limbu with military working dog Hobo, back on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.
SIGONELLA, Sicily (Aug. 2, 2011) Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella dog handler Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Duane Jones leads his military working dog through an obstacle course as part of a demonstration set up by the security department at NAS Sigonella during National Night Out. National Night Out is an annual event that has been held since 1984 to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cameron Bramham/Released)
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French Special Forces
The frontier force of Liaoning province have a competition of combat skills on August 3, 2011 in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The competition will last for two days with more than 230 frontier guards taking part. [Photo/Xinhua]
In this photo taken on August 5, 2011, Specialist Justin Coletti and Dasty, a combat tracker dog patrol with US troops from the Charlie Company, 2-87 Infantry, 3d Brigade Combat Team under Afghanistan's International Security Assistance Force patrols Kandalay village following Taliban attacks on a joint US and Afghan National Army checkpoint protecting the western area of Kandalay village. Since the checkpoint was set up in August 3, 2011, Taliban have staged attacks on the outpost for two consecutive days.
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Carla, a patrol explosive detection dog, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, uses her great sense of smell to detect several rifle rounds that are hidden in the crack of a wall during a training exercise July 14. Carla and her handler, Sgt. Robert Citrulo, a military police sergeant from the 40th MP Detachment, patrol the streets of Kandahar City alongside soldiers from 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., and their Afghan Uniformed Police counterparts.Sgt. Robert Citrulo, a military police dog handler, from the 40th MP Detachment, who is attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and his K-9 partner, Carla, search for unexploded ordnance during a training exercise July 14. Carla, with her acute sense of smell, is able to detect ordinance up to a 100 meters out, Citrulo said.Sgt. Robert Citrulo, a military police dog handler, from the 40th MP Detachment, who is attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and his K-9 partner, Carla, stop to reflect on the building search training they had just conducted July 14. Carla and her great sense of smell were able to find several rifle rounds that were placed in the crack of a wall during the training.
Sgt. Justin Juracek, a military police dog handler, from the 35th MP Detachment, who is attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assists his K-9 partner, Max, search the corner in a large building during a training exercise July 14. Max is a patrol explosive detection dog whose mission is to find unexploded ordnance in order to prevent the loss of soldiers.
U.S. Forces Afghanistan Force Protection Canine Handler Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Dunn rewards Military Working Dog Staff Sgt. Rossi for a job well done as U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Joint Engineering Directorate conducts a site assessment Aug. 7, as part of an effort to improve environmental issues and force protection measures on an Afghan National Army compound in Kabul. Rossi helped maintain security and searched for explosives on the route to and from the compound.
Aug 09, 2011 4:19 AM
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -
The deaths of 30 service members, including 22 elite Navy SEALs in Afghanistan this weekend, hits close to home. Their Chinook helicopter was brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade.
A South Sioux City, NE man was one of those killed. John Douangdara was in his fifth deployment and had become accustomed to being overseas. Douangdara worked as the lead dog handler for his unit, the Elite Team 6 of the Navy SEALs, reaching the title of Master at Arms.
Douangdara never told his family much about his work, and they didn't even know he was a SEAL.
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the following poem is entitled "Guardians of the Night" it is a poem about working dogs, especially Military and Police. It is read by the "top dog" at the graduation of every Handlers Course class. I have it framed above the ashes of my first MWD Max.
Guardians of the Night.
Trust in me my friend for I am
your comrade. I will protect you
with my last breath When all
others have left you And the
loneliness of the night closes
in, I will be at your side.
Together we will conquer all
obstacles, And search out
those who might wish harm to
others. All I ask of you is
compassion, The caring touch
of your hands. It is for you that I
will unselfishly give my life And
spend my nights unrested.
Although our days together
May be marked by the passing
of the seasons Know that each
day at your side is my reward.
My days are measured by The
coming and going of your
footsteps. I anticipate them at
every opening of the door. You
are the voice of caring when I
am ill. The voice of authority
when I've done wrong.
Do not chastise me unduly For
I am your right arm, The sword
at your side. I attempt to do
only what you bid of me. I seek
only to please you and remain
in your favor.Together you and I shall
experience A bond only others
like us will understand When
outsiders see us together Their
envy will be measured by their
I will quietly listen to you And
pass no judgment, Nor will your
spoken words be repeated I will
remain ever silent, Ever vigilant,
ever loyal. And when our time
together is done And you move
on in the world Remember me
with kind thoughts and tales,
For a time we were unbeatable,
Nothing passed among us
If we should meet again on
another street I will gladly take
up your fight, I am a Military
Working Dog and together We
are guardians of the night