In this photo, Army SSG Leslie Langford gives his Specialized Search Dog, Darko, a lift across a very cold river in Afghanistan. It's winter there, and the temps were hovering around freezing that day. Besides not wanting Darko to have to deal with the painfully cold water, Langford had found out on their way to Afghanistan via Kuwait that Darko is scared of water. The German shorthaired pointer wanted absolutely nothing to do with the pool on the base.
100 Images From Afghanistan - Day 82. The use of K9 teams has proved essential in the detection of booby traps, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other explosives that would otherwise be undetectable to modern technologies, greatly increasing soldier safety.
Many people remember a fallen soldier as a person in uniform. Sometimes that soldier is the four legged friend who saved your life by being a bomb-sniffing dog and finding the IED and warns you about it before it explodes. This is a sad but beautiful picture of pure respect for 2 fallen heroes.