Medics Lead a Dog’s Life

Story by Sgt. Gerald Wilson

ZABUL, Afghanistan- Medics from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment received some paws on training Thursday, Aug. 8 at Forward Operating Base Lagman from some very unusual instruction. The troopers received a class on how to administer basic first aid to the working dogs that help provide security for soldiers around the FOB.

Working dogs are used around the FOBs to detect explosives and other contraband that someone may try to sneak onto the post. Dogs are used to search vehicles and parcels coming onto the FOB since they are able to find things that could be overlooked by the human eye. This service is run by a civilian security firm that employs several highly trained professionals who have many years of experience working in a variety of canine units. Canine units are a critical part of stemming the traffic of explosives and illegal drugs, not only on posts, but in and around the province. These four-legged heroes provide a vital service in the ongoing mission to bring security to the people of Afghanistan.

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