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    Left, 1st Sgt. Dean Bissey, first sergeant for Company C "Dustoff", 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade hooks the hoist harness to Staff Sgt. Michael Hile and his military working dog "Rronnie" from 554th Military Police Company July 15 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (US Army photo by Spc. Aubree Rundle) www.army.mil

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    1. goodads 88 months ago | reply

      There's a dog that got his bone! Great shots.

    2. pschie 84 months ago | reply

      Great shot! These dogs are incredible

    3. raze_165 78 months ago | reply

      Is he going swimming?

    4. Golden Striker 77 months ago | reply

      I heard it was recently prohibited by the military to decorate a military service animal. I think that's bullshit. It isn't done often, and on top of that, I don't see why the valiant, determined actions of animals in the military-especially those that have saved the lives of human soldiers- should not only be rewarded, but serve to inspire us all to similar acts of bravery and courage under duress. Dogs do have character, some of them more so than others. If anything, why not create a decoration just for animals?

    5. Jan's_Photos 77 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!!! Kudos to them all!

    6. s.eyre 77 months ago | reply

      Ah! This is the image on the Dog In Goggles Pog! I love that pog.

    7. Craig Hall Photography 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Military Working Dogs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. Wardog72 67 months ago | reply

      Rronnie is a Belgain Malinois from the Department of Defense's Miltary Working Dog Breeding Program. A mal with two identical first letters in their name comes from the breeding program. TSA also has a breeding program for labradors and uses the same naming scheme...

    9. booledozer 64 months ago | reply

      I don't see anyone above noting that Rronnie gets his or her own set of cool goggles. Presumably Rronnie needed the same eye protection as Sergeant Hile because the rotors stirs up a lot of grit.

      A couple of years ago I read a sad article about an explosive specialist and her dog. She was injured. She was told her dog was killed. After her wounds were healed she wasn't completely fit, and was reassigned to Washington. She learned her dog wasn't killed, had recovered, and was serving as a bomb detection dog on the front lines.

      She made a request for her dog to be brought back to the States to continue working with her. IIRC, her doctors said the dog's presense would aid in her continued recovery.

      Her request was turned down -- unless she was willing to pay down the DoD's remaining investment in the dog -- about $50,000. Alternatively, when the dog was scheduled for retirement, in five years, she could apply to adopt it at that time.

      That seemed so petty. Surely the DoD needs bomb-sniffing dog teams in Washington too?

    10. booledozer 64 months ago | reply

      I uploaded this image here -- commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Rronnie
      Note the additional four photos of Rronnie and Sergeant Hile from April 2009 -- two years after these photos, showing the pair continue to work together...

      Thanks!

    11. Army_mp00 63 months ago | reply

      Rronnie and myself were together from October 2006 till july of 2009, Sadly I left the dog program but still miss it very much and I hope to be reunited with my partner again soon. Thanks for the support. SSG Hile

    12. Juliett-Foxtrott 62 months ago | reply

      I know Baghram.... very well... all the best to the US guys...

    13. skellen23 62 months ago | reply

      Air Assualt Dog? Now I really feel like a National Guard leg grunt..nice shades pup

    14. Redbone619 59 months ago | reply

      <> Too bad the Golden Striker isn't in a position to undo that colossal ignorance, for so surely it is. Another example of how the wrong people are in charge to so heartlessly dismiss and diminish the largely unsung roles these dogs have in that titanic wasteful conflict. Maybe some of these pencil-chewing paper-pushers got their flabby asses caught in a situation where a dog's presence helped saved their snouts, they'd oink a different tune. It's far past time for that bloated whale of a Pentagon to stop regarding these dogs as expendable equipment and do the right thing - both in duly recognizing their contributions and allowing servicemembers to bring them back home instead of needlessly destroying them like some written-off Humvee. May the Force be with 'em all.

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    16. Nancydhu 56 months ago | reply

      2 hero's with their k-9 hero!
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    17. DestinWS 55 months ago | reply

      God Bless America

    18. sundero 51 months ago | reply

      How cool is this?! Love our troops and their K-9s!

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