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, a Belgian Malinois of the 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)