Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman, hoists an U.S. Army tactical explosive detection dogs into a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a joint rescue training scenario at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 21, 2013. This training was a first for both branches and prepared them for future rescue missions. Fischman is deployed from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)
A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.