Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lassie 2.0 - Marine Bomb Sniffing Dogs

From War on Terror News:

Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay

03.15.2011 Story by Cpl. Colby Brown MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — With noses to the ground and tails in the air in a combat zone, Marine bomb sniffing dogs bring yet another asset to the table in the fight against improvised explosive devices.

These canine Marines are enlisted into the Corps for the purpose of attaching to a platoon and clearing an area of IED threats before a patrol passes through. For 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, having these military working dogs increases their confidence in the ability to deter the IED threat while on patrols during their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

“The fact that these dogs are smelling odors of explosives [from their training only weeks ago] makes me confident that they can find threats when we get to Afghanistan,” said 2nd Lt. Joshua Castillo, platoon commander, 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, native of San Antonio.

Cpl. Jazz, a yellow Labrador with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, is already a veteran of Afghanistan. She, like all of her fellow bomb-sniffers, can smell several different types of odors connected to IEDs. She goes on patrols, raids and assaults whenever her platoon does. She is an essential member of the platoon...

More at War on Terror News here.

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