Periodically I like to publish images of our military doing what they have been trained to do.
Oftentimes those images do say a thousand words, whether it be about the troops’ professionalism, their sacrifice and loneliness or the joy of finally coming home to their loved ones.
Those falling in the last category are my favorite images.
Being a dog lover, I also like photographs of those other loyal, brave and skilled members of our military: the military working dogs.
Here are some new images of them.
A U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations team member and his military working dog, Wilbur, maintain security from a field for Afghan army forces helping Afghan local police build a checkpoint in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 3, 2013.
U.S. Army Sgt. Justin R. Pereira, right, and Laika 5, a military working dog trained to detect tactical explosives, provide security as Afghan border police break ground on a new checkpoint in the Spin Boldak district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, March 25, 2013. Pereira and Laika 5 are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Striker Brigade Combat Team.
Asta, a military police working dog, attacks U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William Bryan during a controlled aggression demonstration at Ford Island on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 13, 2013. The military uses working dogs to apprehend suspects and to detect explosives and narcotics while searching buildings, ships and submarines. Bryan is a master-at-arms.
Doc, a dog trained to detect improvised explosive devices, retrieves a bumper during a training session on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 19, 2013. Dog handlers specializing is detecting explosive devices work with dogs to clear routes and other duties in a combat environment. Doc is assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion.
Army Sgt. Leslie Langford, left, comforts his military working dog, Ted, a Labrador retriever and bomb specialist, as he receives simulated medical care in the veterinary section of the Combat Support Hospital during aeromedical evacuation training on Fort Polk, La., Feb. 23, 2013. Langford, a canine handler, and Ted are assigned to the 550th Military Working Dog Detachment, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Not quite military working dogs, but military and cute nevertheless.
Marine Corps Sgt. Chesty XIII, right, official mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps, stares down his successor, Recruit Chesty, during training on Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2013.
Lead Image: U.S. Army Sgt. Nichole D. Sharp and her military working dog, Hatos, search a truck while assessing security in the new customs yard under construction near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in the Spin Boldak district in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, April 8, 2013. Sharp, a military police officer, is assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division.
Read more about Military Working Dogs here and here
All images and captions: DOD
Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist