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National K-9 Veterans Day: A Tribute to Incirlik’s MWD Teams

Across the Air Force, military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. In honor of National K-9 Veteran's Day, here are some photo selects from Incirlik's MWD teams.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Cerulli, 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Buck, pose for a photo in front of a UH-60 Blackhawk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 21, 2017. There are approximately 2,500 war dogs in service today, with roughly 700 serving at any given time overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

Across the Air Force, military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. In honor of National K-9 Veteran's Day, here are some photo selects from Incirlik's MWD teams.

U.S. Air Force military working dog teams assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron MWD section pose for a photo in front of a UH-60 Blackhawk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 21, 2017. Military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

Across the Air Force, military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. In honor of National K-9 Veteran's Day, here are some photo selects from Incirlik's MWD teams.

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Angel Santiago, 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog unit NCOIC, and MWD Yoda, pose for a portrait inside a UH-60 Blackhawk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 21, 2017. Over 85 percent of military working dogs used in the U.S. Air Force are selected and purchased from other countries, and are brought to the U.S. by the Military Working Dog Breeding Program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

Across the Air Force, military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. In honor of National K-9 Veteran's Day, here are some photo selects from Incirlik's MWD teams.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victoria Dunning, 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Hanna, pose for a photo in front of a UH-60 Blackhawk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 21, 2017. Service dogs and their handlers develop a good working relationship in order to protect against threats to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

Across the Air Force, military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. In honor of National K-9 Veteran's Day, here are some photo selects from Incirlik's MWD teams.

U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog Buck watches his handler from the inside of a UH-60 Blackhawk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 21, 2017. Buck’s typical duties include patrol, drug and explosives detection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

Across the Air Force, military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. In honor of National K-9 Veteran's Day, here are some photo selects from Incirlik's MWD teams.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shanaevia Joseph, 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Autumn, pose for a photo in front of a UH-60 Blackhawk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 21, 2017. Autumn was previously assigned to a U.S. Marine Corps unit, as an explosive detection dog before being transferred to Incirlik AB, and is the only Labrador retriever within Incirlik’s MWD section. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

Across the Air Force, military working dogs provide base defense against threats while on patrol, such as drug and explosives detection. In honor of National K-9 Veteran's Day, here are some photo selects from Incirlik's MWD teams.

U.S. Air Force SSgt. Stephen Holloway, 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bruno, pose for a portrait in front of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 21, 2017. Dogs have officially served in the U.S. Armed Forces since World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

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