U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Regional Command-East, Kosovo Force, travelled to Peja/Peć on March 9 to train with Mine Action Training Kosovo, a humanitarian demining school that trains students in explosive ordnance disposal and identification.
1st Lt. Taylor Firn, officer in charge of the RC-E EOD team, said both KFOR and MAT Kosovo benefited from the cross training, which tested their explosive detective dogs on their ability to identify new scents. Firn, of the 702d Ordnance Company based out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, brought four different types of explosives and hid them in vehicles, small structures and even buried them underground.
The two military working dogs assigned to RC-E have previously been exposed to different types of explosives. MAT Kosovo’s training dog, Sonny, was only familiar with one type.
Photo By Staff Sgt. Tawny Schmit | Atdhe Kuqi, a dog handler with Mine Action Training Kosovo, rewards his dog, Sonny, DVIDS