Dogs have long been involved in warfare, and their use on the battlefield goes back several thousand years. They were used in various capacities by the Ancient Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks, and the Romans, and they're still used to this day as scouts, trackers, sentries, and mine detection dogs. Approximately 5,000 US military dogs served during the Vietnam War, and dogs have been in combat with US soldiers during every major conflict. In homage to these incredibly animals, Bored Panda has compiled this list of our favorite service dogs in action. Don't forget to vote for the best!

#1

A Puppy Saved From A Fire Becomes A Firefighter

A Puppy Saved From A Fire Becomes A Firefighter

Jake's Page Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Leading by example- how to move past your set-backs and shine!

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#2

Labrador Retriever Hawkeye Lays By The Casket During The Funeral Of His Owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson

Labrador Retriever Hawkeye Lays By The Casket During The Funeral Of His Owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson

Lisa Pembleton Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

These always break my heart. The compassion of animals is unmatched

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#3

Soldier With His Dog

Soldier With His Dog

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Pi... 2 years ago

I already know this is going to be one of those boredpanda lists that I am going to upvote without needing to even see it. Animals ROCK!

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#4

Army Soldier And His Military Working Dog Jump Off The Ramp Of A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter

Army Soldier And His Military Working Dog Jump Off The Ramp Of A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter

Manuel J. Martinez Report

OTTERLUVR24 2 years ago

THAT DOG IS BRAVER THAN ME!!!

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#5

Friends Till Death Do Us Part

Friends Till Death Do Us Part

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

Sums up perfectly the word " Devotion"....

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#6

By Your Side No Matter What

By Your Side No Matter What

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

WAKE UP DAD TIME TO SNIFF BOMBS

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#7

A Police Dog And Its Trainer Practise Skipping At A Police Dog Training Base

A Police Dog And Its Trainer Practise Skipping At A Police Dog Training Base

VCG Report

Pi... 2 years ago

The doggie's loving it!

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#8

Tech Sgt. Andrew Montgomery Comforts His Dog Diesel Inside An Army UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Tech Sgt. Andrew Montgomery Comforts His Dog Diesel Inside An Army UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Spc. Harley Jelis Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

ahhh.... still crying when i Watch the end of K9 With Belushi and his dog got shot and close to death...

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#9

Combat Tracker Dog Lex - Who Loves Attention - Enjoys Some Free Time With His Handler, Marine Lance Corporal, John Peeler

Combat Tracker Dog Lex - Who Loves Attention - Enjoys Some Free Time With His Handler, Marine Lance Corporal, John Peeler

Rebecca Frankel Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

All it takes is a little bit of love and encouragement to fire me up!

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#10

A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

MikeSilver Report

Mireille Diab 2 years ago

the look in his eyes is heartbreaking :(

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#11

Military Paratrooper Dog

Military Paratrooper Dog

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Pi... 2 years ago

So much discipline.... and the dog trusts his masters so much.

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#12

Military Dog In Training

Military Dog In Training

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GoodWolf 2 years ago

This dog is braver than me

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#13

Police Dogs - Small And Grown Up - Line Up With At Roskilde Cathedral Where The Murdered Danish Police Officer, Jesper Jul, Receives A State Funeral

Police Dogs - Small And Grown Up - Line Up With At Roskilde Cathedral Where The Murdered Danish Police Officer, Jesper Jul, Receives A State Funeral

Ole Jensen - Corbis Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

I am smol but I am tough

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#14

Service Dog On A Mission

Service Dog On A Mission

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Pi... 2 years ago

Love this shot!

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#15

Naresh Kaushik With His Dog Queena After A Day Of Practice

Naresh Kaushik With His Dog Queena After A Day Of Practice

Hindustan Times Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

We sure done good, didn't we.

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#16

Sleeping Together

Sleeping Together

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Pi... 2 years ago

I'm so glad doggie gets to fly first class! I'm sure he deserves it.

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#17

U.S. NAVY Petty Officer Blake Soller And His Military Working Dog Rico Pay Tribute To The National War Dog Cemetery

U.S. NAVY Petty Officer Blake Soller And His Military Working Dog Rico Pay Tribute To The National War Dog Cemetery

United States Government Works Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Lookit that lolling tongue... aww.

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#18

A Soldier And His Explosive Sniffing Dog Salute

A Soldier And His Explosive Sniffing Dog Salute

RAUL ARBOLEDA Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

Such a totally disarming picture!

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#19

Senior Airman Tariq Russell Shakes The Paw Of His Partner

Senior Airman Tariq Russell Shakes The Paw Of His Partner

Dennis Hoffman Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Beautiful silhouette!

#20

Military Dog "Protecting" Sleeping Soldier At The Airport

Military Dog "Protecting" Sleeping Soldier At The Airport

majorchamp Report

Cat Meow 2 years ago

I am sure the sleeping soldier loved the pictures once he saw them. I know, I would love to see my dog protecting my while I slept

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#21

This Is Corporal Kiddy. She Had Just Earned Her Retirement After 12 Years With The U.S. Marines

This Is Corporal Kiddy. She Had Just Earned Her Retirement After 12 Years With The U.S. Marines

Drewtw Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Lol! Looks like he's already enjoying his retirement.

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#22

Military Dog Taking A Nap With His Fellow Soldiers

Military Dog Taking A Nap With His Fellow Soldiers

Cpl. Reece Lodder Report

MagicalUnicorn 2 years ago

awesome pyjamas :)

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#23

Soldier With Her Dog

Soldier With Her Dog

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John L Kelly 2 years ago

My Sweetie Pie to the very end.

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#24

Fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' Partner Figo Pays His Last Respects

Fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' Partner Figo Pays His Last Respects

Jonathan Palmer Report

katarina 2 years ago

and here are the tears...

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#25

My Coworker With A New Military Attack Dog

My Coworker With A New Military Attack Dog

theskett Report

Spinaap 2 years ago

MAD : Micro Attack Dog

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#26

Lucca, A Retired Us Marine Corp Dog, Has Been Awarded The PDSA Dickin Medal

Lucca, A Retired Us Marine Corp Dog, Has Been Awarded The PDSA Dickin Medal

PDSA Report

Peggy Schultz 2 years ago

He lost a front leg

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#27

Sgt. Mark Bush Gets Affectionately Licked By His Dog, Xarius

Sgt. Mark Bush Gets Affectionately Licked By His Dog, Xarius

Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

people find it disgusting but i love when my dog does that. feel the bond

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#28

My Military Working Dog Getting Ready To Bring The Heat

My Military Working Dog Getting Ready To Bring The Heat

Dreadwraught Report

Spinaap 2 years ago

"those pesky cat's will really get it this time"

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#29

Police Dog And His Handler

Police Dog And His Handler

Patrick Sjöö Report

Spinaap 2 years ago

the love is so visiable in this picture

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#30

Sergeant Bourgeois Clips Oopey’s Toenails Before A Mission In Afghanistan

Sergeant Bourgeois Clips Oopey’s Toenails Before A Mission In Afghanistan

Adam Ferguson Report

Victoria 2 years ago

This is so adorable. Pampered pup

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#31

Dog Kissing A Soldier

Dog Kissing A Soldier

Andy Masson Report

Alejandro A. Arias 2 years ago

cute

#32

Lucca Visiting A Veteran At Walter Reed

Lucca Visiting A Veteran At Walter Reed

Lucca K458 Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

Every Wounded Warrior needs companionship.

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#33

A Dog Handler Gives His Military Working Dog, Rroger, A Drink From His Own Water Source

A Dog Handler Gives His Military Working Dog, Rroger, A Drink From His Own Water Source

Cpl. Rebekka S. Heite Report

Caroline Cassano 2 years ago

Dogs are priority.

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#34

Marine Carries His Partner Back To The Kennels After A Grueling Two-Hour Search

Marine Carries His Partner Back To The Kennels After A Grueling Two-Hour Search

Lucca K458 Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

The Buddy System still working fine...........

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#35

Policeman Trains Their Dogs At Wanbei Police Dog Training Ceter In Anhui Province

Policeman Trains Their Dogs At Wanbei Police Dog Training Ceter In Anhui Province

VCG Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Clearly, the letter was written in dog!

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#36

Kally Works With His Partner, Lance Cpl. Sam Enriquez, During A Night Training Operation

Kally Works With His Partner, Lance Cpl. Sam Enriquez, During A Night Training Operation

Cpl. Aaron Diamant Report

Amber Nicole 2 years ago

Cool pic!

#37

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, An Improvised Explosive Device Dog Handler, Jokes With Afghan Children

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, An Improvised Explosive Device Dog Handler, Jokes With Afghan Children

Cpl. Reece Lodder Report

Michelle Lynn 2 years ago

This is picture is beautiful in so many ways.

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#38

Specialized Search Dog Lucca Hanging Out With Some Of Her Friends In Iraq

Specialized Search Dog Lucca Hanging Out With Some Of Her Friends In Iraq

LuccaK458 Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

We gotcha Covered!

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#39

Labrador Retrievers Work Alongside Marines In Afghanistan To Help Sniff Out Improvised Explosive Devices And Other Explosives

Labrador Retrievers Work Alongside Marines In Afghanistan To Help Sniff Out Improvised Explosive Devices And Other Explosives

Official USMC Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

Not to worry, I've got your "6".

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#40

Playtime After Training

Playtime After Training

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Panda Man 2 years ago

Dem paws tho

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#41

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman Hoists With A U.S. Army Tactical Explosive Detection Dog

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman Hoists With A U.S. Army Tactical Explosive Detection Dog

U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos Report

Hamlets twin 2 years ago

No explosives up here

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#42

Wilbur, A U.S. Marine Corps Military Working Dog With A Marine Special Operations Team

Wilbur, A U.S. Marine Corps Military Working Dog With A Marine Special Operations Team

Sgt. Pete Thibodeau Report

Pi... 2 years ago

You can tell by that smile...he's in belly-rub heaven!

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#43

Spc. Chavez And MWD Anouska Returning From Afghanistan

Spc. Chavez And MWD Anouska Returning From Afghanistan

Task Force Spartan Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

don't leave me papa!

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#44

Military Police U.S. Marines Relaxes With Their Bomb Sniffer Dogs

Military Police U.S. Marines Relaxes With Their Bomb Sniffer Dogs

CHRISTOPHE SIMON Report

Meaghan Leonard 2 years ago

love...

#45

First Day Of Work

First Day Of Work

NNPD Bloodhounds Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Is that a bloodhound pup? He's gorgeous!

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#46

RAF Police Dog Training

RAF Police Dog Training

Defence Images Report

GoodWolf 2 years ago

Great shot!

#47

Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 8th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break From Validation Training With Iian, 8th Sfs Military Working Dog

Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 8th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break From Validation Training With Iian, 8th Sfs Military Working Dog

Senior Airman Brittany Bateman Report

Kaimanawa 2 years ago

that nose is to cute!!!

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#48

British Soldier From The Royal Army Veterinary Corp LCPL Marianne Hay And Her Arms And Explosive Search Dog, Leanna

British Soldier From The Royal Army Veterinary Corp LCPL Marianne Hay And Her Arms And Explosive Search Dog, Leanna

Marco Di Lauro Report

John L Kelly 2 years ago

We learn to catch "Zs" wherever we can!

#49

Seven-Week-Old Belgian Malinois Puppies Exercise At Lackland Air Force Base Months Before Their Training Starts

Seven-Week-Old Belgian Malinois Puppies Exercise At Lackland Air Force Base Months Before Their Training Starts

Adam Ferguson Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Dog training must be such a nice activity for the soldiers!

#50

U.S. Army Specialist Justin Coletti Of Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Combat Tracker Team Resting With Dasty, A Belgian Malinois At An Airfield

U.S. Army Specialist Justin Coletti Of Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Combat Tracker Team Resting With Dasty, A Belgian Malinois At An Airfield

ROMEO GACAD Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Max!

#51

Cpl. Amy-Jane Harrop, A Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break In The Shade With Her Dog, Troy, In Afghanistan

Cpl. Amy-Jane Harrop, A Military Working Dog Handler, Takes A Break In The Shade With Her Dog, Troy, In Afghanistan

BritishArmy Report

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#52

Staff Sgt. Philip Mendoza Pets His Military Working Dog, Rico, Wearing "Doggles," During Training Aboard A Helicopter

Staff Sgt. Philip Mendoza Pets His Military Working Dog, Rico, Wearing "Doggles," During Training Aboard A Helicopter

U.S. Air Force Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

I love his doggles!

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#53

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Click Shares A moment With His Dog Windy While Waiting To Resume A Security Patrol

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Click Shares A moment With His Dog Windy While Waiting To Resume A Security Patrol

Cpl. Reece Lodder Report

Amber Nicole 2 years ago

sweet kisses!

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#54

German Sheppard Dog Named Benjo

German Sheppard Dog Named Benjo

warriorgirl3.wordpress.com Report

Brianna Bastian 2 years ago

Look what i found for you dad

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#55

Sgt. Kevin Reese And His Military Working Dog Grek Wait At A Safe House Before Conducting An Assault Against Insurgents In Buhriz, Iraq

Sgt. Kevin Reese And His Military Working Dog Grek Wait At A Safe House Before Conducting An Assault Against Insurgents In Buhriz, Iraq

Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall Report

Brianna Bastian 2 years ago

this one, this one is mine, no touchy if you like your limbs

#56

A Member Of The German Lutfwaffe Gets A Lick From Candy, A 15-Week Old German Shepherd Who Will Be Trained To Detect Explosives

A Member Of The German Lutfwaffe Gets A Lick From Candy, A 15-Week Old German Shepherd Who Will Be Trained To Detect Explosives

Sean Gallup Report

Brianna Bastian 2 years ago

She is huge!!!

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#57

A Belarussian Military Dog Rides A Platform

A Belarussian Military Dog Rides A Platform

Viktor Drachev Report

Pi... 2 years ago

He must have done something super heroic!

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#58

Soldier And His Service Dog

Soldier And His Service Dog

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Kjorn 2 years ago

soldier would do anyting for their service dog

#59

Meet Xxcalliber! Few Month Old Military Working Pup

Meet Xxcalliber! Few Month Old Military Working Pup

Vega71 Report

GoodWolf 2 years ago

Those ears! 😍

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#60

A Marine Embraces His Military Working Dog

A Marine Embraces His Military Working Dog

Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young Report

Cat Meow 2 years ago

It looks like doggy is in for a kiss... that's definitely what I'd be doing

#61

A Belarusian Military Instructor Trains Her Dog In A Frontier Guards' Cynology Centre Near Minsk

A Belarusian Military Instructor Trains Her Dog In A Frontier Guards' Cynology Centre Near Minsk

Vasily Fedosenko Report

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#62

U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Arriaga Of The Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Unit, Sleeping With Zzarr, A 6-Year Old Dutch Shepherd

U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Arriaga Of The Us Forces Afghanistan K-9 Unit, Sleeping With Zzarr, A 6-Year Old Dutch Shepherd

ROMEO GACAD Report

#63

Senior Airman Gregory Darby, A Military Working Dog Handler, Shares A Quiet Moment With His Dog Mack

Senior Airman Gregory Darby, A Military Working Dog Handler, Shares A Quiet Moment With His Dog Mack

Staff Sgt Stan Parker Report

Issabelle Torticc 2 years ago

That tonge tho

#64

A Military Working Dog Plays With Staff Sgt. Stephanie Pecovsky

A Military Working Dog Plays With Staff Sgt. Stephanie Pecovsky

Perry Aston Report

GoodWolf 2 years ago

She has nice teeth 👍

#65

Dogs Are Being Trained For Special Operations In Turkey, Nevsehir

Dogs Are Being Trained For Special Operations In Turkey, Nevsehir

Anadolu Agency , Anadolu Agency Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Lol... it just looks like everyone's just having a grand ol' time... including the trainers!

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#66

Luca, A Military Working Dog With 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Luca, A Military Working Dog With 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Sgt. Michael Needham Report

#67

Rangers From Headquarters And Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, And A Multi-Purpose Canine Pause During A Nighttime Combat Mission In Afghanistan

Rangers From Headquarters And Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, And A Multi-Purpose Canine Pause During A Nighttime Combat Mission In Afghanistan

U.S. Army Photo Report

Brianna Bastian 2 years ago

A great photo with or without the dog

#68

Sgt. John Barton Pets His Platoon's Pet Dog Ray-Ray

Sgt. John Barton Pets His Platoon's Pet Dog Ray-Ray

Chris Hondros Report

Pi... 2 years ago

Gorgeous brindle coat! What breed pooch is he?

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#69

In Afghanistan A Helicopter Transports An Ied-Detecting Belgian Malinois Named Oopey, Sitting Next To His Handler

In Afghanistan A Helicopter Transports An Ied-Detecting Belgian Malinois Named Oopey, Sitting Next To His Handler

Adam Ferguson Report

#70

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cody Whitis A Military Working Dog Handler And His Dog Gracie Rest At Forward Operating Base Geronimo Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cody Whitis A Military Working Dog Handler And His Dog Gracie Rest At Forward Operating Base Geronimo Afghanistan

Sgt. Earnest Barnes Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

"I did not get enough pets today"

#71

U.S. Army Sgt. Bethzabe Delgado, Right, Prepares A Dog To Receive An Iv During A Subject Matter Expert Exchange For Military And Police Dog Handlers In Tumaco, Colombia

U.S. Army Sgt. Bethzabe Delgado, Right, Prepares A Dog To Receive An Iv During A Subject Matter Expert Exchange For Military And Police Dog Handlers In Tumaco, Colombia

United States Government Work Report

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#72

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson, 3rd Infantry Division Military Working Dog Handler, Practices Placement Training With Her Dog, Chrach

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson, 3rd Infantry Division Military Working Dog Handler, Practices Placement Training With Her Dog, Chrach

U.S. Air Force Report

Pi... 2 years ago

How do u pronounce the doggie's name? Like..Crash!?

#73

U.S. Air Force Working Dog

U.S. Air Force Working Dog

Alex Kirk Amen Report

#74

A U.S. Navy Seal Military Working Dog While On A Training Exercise

A U.S. Navy Seal Military Working Dog While On A Training Exercise

United States Navy SEALs Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

nice view

#75

Bassie Practices Rappelling From A Roof And Leaping Through A Window To Confront An Enemy, Reducing The Risk To The Men Who Follow

Bassie Practices Rappelling From A Roof And Leaping Through A Window To Confront An Enemy, Reducing The Risk To The Men Who Follow

Adam Ferguson Report

#76

Erica Mcrell, 7th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Trainer, With Her Colleague

Erica Mcrell, 7th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Trainer, With Her Colleague

hookelenews Report

#77

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl Tyler Hoffman And His Military Working Dog, Khaki, Perform A Routine Security Halt In A Field During A Patrol In Marjah, Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl Tyler Hoffman And His Military Working Dog, Khaki, Perform A Routine Security Halt In A Field During A Patrol In Marjah, Afghanistan

Sgt Albert J. Carls