Over the weekend we heard the terrible news about the deaths of 30 U.S. service members killed in a helicopter crash Saturday in Afghanistan. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of those brave men.
While reading about this tragedy, I stumbled upon an article about other heroes of the SEAL team that you may never have head about; the dogs that accompany our troops on missions. Not to diminish the scope of this tragic loss of life, but to further your appreciation for what they do and how they depend on each other and their dogs, I thought you might appreciate reading about these military dogs.
Members of the elite U.S. Navy SEAL team includes dogs. They employ German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and some military groups use Labrador Retrievers as war dogs that accompany teams on their assignments, which can include parachute jumps or rappelling. Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by SEa, Air and Land (thus the acronym).
The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human’s, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive material and hostile or hiding humans.
The Toronto Sun website has a great story on their blog that tells about these hero dogs. Get the whole story here.