Not only are dogs beloved members of our families, but they are also loyal and courageous partners in our military. Here are 17 photos that show just how critical these dogs are as they serve in the U.S. military.
1. Military Working Dog Beano shows his handler some love before a training exercise. The pair “demonstrated locating explosives and aggression work amid the sounds of machine-gun fire.”
2. Cpl. Chesty XIV is the official mascot of the U.S. Marines.
3. This Military Working Dog jumped off of a helicopter as part of a training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico.
4. Xarius, a Military Working Dog, licks his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush. The two are deployed in southwest Asia.
5. Doc is an improvised explosive device detection dog, which means he assists with route clearance during combat.
6. Senior Airman Chelsea LaFever smiles during training with her Military Working Dog, Zzusa.
7. This U.S. Army tactical explosive detection dog is training for future rescue missions.
8. A Military Working Dog wears his Doggles during an operation in Afghanistan.
9. Perro the Military Working Dog shakes paws with Spc. Morgan Chami, a human intelligence specialist.
10. Wilbur is a Military Working Dog with a Marine special operations team. He’s pictured here taking a break from his work in Afghanistan.
11. Grek the Military Working Dog waits at a safe house with his soldier before conducting an assault in Iraq.
12. Troops and civilians in Kandahar attended the unveiling of a war dog memorial.
13. Coot, an improvised explosive device detection dog, on security patrol with his handler in Afghanistan.
14. Gracie the Military Working Dog waits with her handler, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cody Whitis.
15. Andy, a U.S. Army Military Working Dog, helps to search for weapons caches in Iraq.
16. Steegan the search dog was a “crucial part of the team” that was searching for improvised explosive devices in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
17. Military Working Dog Kally in a night training exercise with her handler.
We salute these brave K9 members of the military!