28 May '12, 9pm

Military working dogs are deserving of our gratitude as well on Memorial Day

By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TX -- Army Col. David Rolfe's military career has gone to the dogs. As director of the Defense Department's Military Working Dog Program based here, Rolfe and his staff are responsible for the health and welfare of some of the most unheralded members of the fighting force: its estimated 2,300 working dogs. These dogs, along with their handlers from every military service, are deployed worldwide to support the war on terror, helping to safeguard military bases and activities and to detect bombs and other explosives before they inflict harm. With an acute sense of smell five to 10 times stronger than a human's, working dogs are able to detect minute traces of explosives or drugs and alert their handlers of their presence, Rolfe explained. But at the same time, dogs have ability to inflict fear in an aggre...

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