The Marine Corps' elite improvised explosive device-sniffing dog program is winding down along with the war in Afghanistan.
The program, which at its height boasted 650 IED detection dogs (called IDDs) is now down to roughly 130 dogs. About half of the 100 or so dogs not currently in Afghanistan need to find adoptive homes.
Bill Childress, head of the Marines’ Military Working Dog program, explained to Marine Corps Times ...
A military working dog apparently is in good health and being fed a diet of kebab, according to statement released by the dog's captors — the Taliban, according to Stars and Stripes.
The Taliban captured the Belgian Malinois on Dec. 23, 2013. The Sunday Times reports the dog was nabbed during a British special forces raid that went awry when the Taliban was supposedly tipped off beforehand:
Capt. Richard Holloway ...
From I Marine Expeditionary Force:
While deployed to Afghanistan, Cpl. Joey Nunez experienced one the most dangerous events of his life. However, he is forever grateful that his companion, Vicky, was with him.
Nunez, a military working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, was wounded during a patrol. He said that having his dog by his side helped him calm down and keep the situation under control.
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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a lasting effect on San Diego's military community, including kids. A new University of San Diego study focuses on the the children of wounded service members.
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