Military Working Dogs can do anything U.S. troops do. A Belgian Malinois named “Conan” accompanied the U.S. Army’s Delta Force on a raid to take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Another Malinois named “Cairo” joined U.S. Navy SEALs on their daring raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad Compound.
And then there’s The Dude, a working dog assigned to 1st Cavalry Regiment 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Like his human counterpart troops, he isn’t making headlines every day bagging terrorists. Instead, he’s doing the hard work of training, doing things by the book and abiding by the rules.
The Dude, a patrol explosives protection dog, assigned to force protection, awaits a CH-47 Chinook during a live-fire exercise at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, May 18, 2020. (U.S. Army/Spc. Andrew Garcia)