Fort Rucker K-9's New Home

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

U.S. military troops and Iraqi forces continue to fight insurgents in Iraq.

On a daily basis, you hear stories of bomb attacks targeting the military and even civilians.

Here in the wiregrass, not only are troops training for possible deployment, but a new canine unit is also training for war.

They are not your average K-9's. Not even close. They're actually one of the most elite kinds of dogs, military police working dogs which are being trained like soldiers.

Fort Rucker Garrision Commader, COL Scott Larese says, "They're employed around the world, they're in Afghanistan, and Iraq they do presidential secret service missions as well as drug intervention"

And it should come as no surprise they show aggressive behavior, on duty or off. This is why Fort Rucker just opened this 3,000 sq. Ft facility for the military working dogs. It costs about $100,000 to train each dog. This new facility is complete with all the bells and whistles. Bells that include surveillance cameras, and whistles that blow controlled temperature in the dogs holding cells. Construction began late last year, which is different than what they had before

Program Director COL Marc McDougale, said, "We've got training areas pretty much that's the main focus...They train every single day"

Recently, the City of Daleville got a taste of that training, when a bomb threat was called into Daleville high school.

"Someone called in a threat, we called Fort Rucker in a very short period of time they sniffed the whole school and got the students back in class," says Daleville Mayor Wess Etheridge.

Just like any other service dog, if the canines get killed in the line of duty, they are decorated, just like their human counterparts and are given a burial with full military honors.

Tthe dogs are trained to sniff out several kinds of explosives, including detonation cords, c-four, dynamite, potassium and sodium chlorate.


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