there are many ways a dog makes a fine soldier--they find and bite the bad guys, they find explosives and contraband, they find trip wires and booby traps, and they love and protect their handlers with the same level of sacrifice and loyalty that could ever be asked of any servicemember.
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – A line of patches rest on the vest of Katya, 52nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog, during a K-9 unit demonstration at the military working dog kennel Oct. 15, 2012. Katya has been with her handler, Staff Sgt. Shannon Hennessy, for nearly two of her four years on Spangdahlem Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)
Tech Sgt. Andrew Montgomery, an Air Force military working dog handler, comforts his dog Diesel inside an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter operated by A Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Company, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, during a familiarization exercise for the dogs on Jan. 10, 2014, somewhere in southwest Asia. The working dogs can be transported by helicopter quickly and efficiently to wherever they're needed once they become comfortable with the aircraft.