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.
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.
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)
Military working dogs Fergina, left, and Leska take down Master-at-Arms 2nd Class John Winjum, a military working dog handler, during training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Training maintains the dog's proficiency in subduing suspects.
Celebrating One Year of Military Working Dogs in Photos
Why would someone volunteer to leave his family and place himself in harm’s way? Why would anyone in his right mind voluntarily go to a place where every day you wake up not knowing if this is your last day on this earth? No, he’s not crazy. He is just displaying one of the values we expect of our service members, Selfless Service. "Why Risk It All?" by Kevin Hanrahan http://khanrahan.com/2012/02/02/why-risk-it-all/#