Military Working Dogs deploy with their best friends, their Security Forces dog handler. An aspect of deployment that is difficult for service members when leaving behind friends and family, but it is a unique opportunity for the canines and their handlers.
“We get to deploy with our best friend,” said Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Hanus, a 379th Expeditionary Security Forces dog handler, deployed with his K-9 companion, Beni, from Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
Hanus and Beni are one of 13 working dog teams here who support the 379th ESFS’s mission to maintain security and vigilance throughout the wing, and to ensure no threats enter the base by searching each vehicle prior to entry. The dogs also serve as a psychological deterrent and are trained to attack perpetrators on command.
“The job we do is instrumental in keeping the base secure,” Hanus said. “A good relationship between a military dog and handler is critical to executing the mission.”
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