U.S. Army Spc. Marc Whittaker, with the 529th Military Police Company attached and a native of Livingston, Texas, holds back his military working dog Anax while U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Erin Simes, a canine handler attached to Task Force Duke and a native of Robins Air Force Base, Ga., acts as a decoy during an end of leash drill at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 5, 2011. Click photo for more.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyson Naylor, 366th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler and Military Working Dog Onix patrol an abandoned street Aug. 30, 2013, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The team was performing a mock detection, trying to find a suspect who was hiding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittany A. Chase)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson, 3rd Infantry Division military working dog handler, and her dog, Chrach, rest after successfully completing explosives detection training, at Forward Operation Base Pasab, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marleah Miller)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Swann holds back Igore, a military working dog, during a controlled aggression exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 15, 2012. Swann, a dog handler assigned to 509th the Security Forces Squadron, conducted the exercise to teach Igore to follow commands, which helps strengthen the bond between them.
Military Working Dogs Around the World Flight Sergeant Roland Wilson a Senior Medical Assistant from the Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown doing a medical check on Military working dog Jackie.
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.
Senior Airman Brandon Denton, 6th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, stands with his now retired military working dog, Conny, during a retirement ceremony in honor of three military working dogs at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 12, 2012. Denton and Conny have been partners for two years and upon her retirement was adopted by Denton. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Melissa Paradise)
K9 Heroes AWESOME!!! Congrats to you both: Staff Sgt. Samantha Navarrete, 11th Security Support Flight military working dog handler, presents a 2012 K-9 Medal for Exceptional Service to her dog, Besy, during a ceremony April 18, 2013, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Besy was one of only two honored in 2012 for demonstrating exceptional acts in the War on Terror. This is the first time an Air Force team has received this award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)
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)