US Army K9 and handler honored for discovering IED cache in Syria

An Army canine earned rare military honors this month after discovering a cache of explosives in Syria while deployed as part of the U.S.-led mission to defeat the Islamic State.

Fritz, a 4.5-year-old military working dog who joined the kennels at Fort Carson, Colo., in September 2018, was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with “C” device for the achievement under combat conditions, military photos showed.

His handler, Sgt. Michael A. Ramirez with the 1st Brigade Combat team, 25th Infantry Division, who joined the Army K9 program in 2014, earned the same award, said Staff Sgt. Lewis Frederick, military working dog program manager for Operation Inherent Resolve.


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Source: Stars and Stripes