Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Military Working Dogs


Military working dog handlers and military working dogs with the 332nd Security Forces Group wait for instructions to return to the aircraft from a helicopter crew chief during training April 21 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The training teaches the handlers and military working dogs how to safely and properly enter and exit aircraft, and prepares them for future air-assault missions.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller)

22 comments:

Just Be Real said...

Totall admire these brave dogs! Amazing how God created such animals for such important jobs! Blessings!

Hammer said...

Where would we be without man's best friend?

AirmanMom said...

JBR..I'm so glad you stopped by! It has been my honor to welcome home Military Working Dogs, when they return home at the airport!

AirmanMom said...

hammer... so very true!

11whiskey said...

I love reading about these dogs. It amazes me how much they are capable of!

AirmanMom said...

11...I agree! They are handled with respect, and in turn do what they need to do! Thanks for stopping by!

Sarge Charlie said...

These dogs will save soldiers lives, they were the bravest soldiers in Vietnam

Jeanne said...

There is actually an organization that was started by a veteran so that people can adopt these dogs once they are retired (or injured)instead of being put down. There are a lot of restrictions; (no kids, etc) because of the training they have recieved they tend to sometimes be more aggresive. Unfortunately I don't have the name of the place with me but I just recently got a flyer on it and this one person has managed to save a lot of miltary dogs and place them in loving homes where they can be loved and appreciated for all they have done for our service members.

Mary said...

AM,

Where would we be without K-9 troops? These dogs are beautiful and especially trained in all types of situations. Love the photo.

Hope you have a wonderful day, my friend. When you're talking to Mud Puppy, be sure to send him my best.

Blessings,
Mary

Airborne dad said...

Love the "Doggles" on the dog in the background.

coffeypot said...

These dogs know no fear and will do anything their training requires without question (well, can you imagine a dog turning around and saying "HUH??!!") and will protect their handlers above and beyond their training. But they cannot receive medals for bravery. The Army deems that as diluting the honor given to soldiers. Of course that General never had a dog drag him away from machinegun fire, either.

Donna said...

The one in the back looks like a Belgian Malinois, just like the dog we used to have ("Buddy")! These working dogs are so devoted and deserve our honor for their hard work!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Now you see why I love dogs so Airman Mom :)
Awesome story and thanks for telling the virtues of these furry four legged soldier's......

Steady On
Reggie Girl

AirmanMom said...

sarge...Thank you for the reminder!

AirmanMom said...

jeanne...if you happen upon the name of this organization, please pass it along...I'd like to pass it along! Thanks for stopping by!

AirmanMom said...

mary...these dogs play a critical part in our military. I will pass along your warm wishes to MudPuppy!

AirmanMom said...

dad...the 'doggles' are way cool!

AirmanMom said...

coffeypot...excellent comment. Why aren't the handlers asked what they think, or as you mentioned...ask those who have been saved by one of these four legged heroes!

AirmanMom said...

donna...amen!

AirmanMom said...

rg...thank you so very much for stopping by! I, too am a huge fan of man's best friend! This post was such a pleasure to share!

Love Letters to an American Soldier said...

Alright! A little recognition for our unsung (un-barked?) heroes.

Thanks AM!

AirmanMom said...

love...I absolutley love it when the comments are better than the post!!!! Thank you!