U.S. Army Spc. Ian Lynch kneels with his Military Working Dog, Pista, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, at Forward Operating Base Joyce, Afghanistan. Lynch is a tactical explosive detector dog handler with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Army Pfc. Bryant J. Haynes Died June 26, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 21, of Epps, La.; assigned to the 199th Support Battalion, Louisiana National Guard, Alexandria, La.; died June 26 in Al Diwaniyah, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover.
Kaiser, a German shepherd, and his handler, Marine Lance Cpl. Alfredo Salazar, trained at Fort Benning, Ga., with the Army’s 26th Scout Dog Platoon. After a stint at Camp Pendleton in California, the duo was sent to Vietnam. Kaiser and Salazar completed more than 30 combat patrols. While leading a patrol, Kaiser was hit by enemy fire and killed. The brave dog was buried at the unit’s campsite, which the soldiers christened “Camp Kaiser” in honor of their fallen comrade
Army Sgt. Andrew R. Tobin 24, of Jacksonville, Ill.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Aug. 24, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire.
Army Capt. Michael P. Cassidy Died June 17, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 41, of Simpsonville, S.C.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died June 17 in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a noncombat-related incident.