A Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team from the Sri Lanka Army was honored by the U.S.-based Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) at its 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala in Washington D.C on October 24. This is the second consecutive year the honor has been bestowed on a Sri Lankan mine detection dog team.
MLI’s annual gala honors individuals whose extraordinary efforts have improved lives in war-torn countries and highlights accomplishments of the past year that have made the world a safer place.
For their years of excellent service and the strong bond between them, MDD Yankee and her handler Lance Corporal T.K.D. Rajapaksha of the Sri Lanka Army Engineers Humanitarian Demining Unit were presented the 2017 Dog Team of the Year award by MLI’s President and Executive Director Perry F. Baltimore.