On Veteran's Day, we thank the brave men, women, and dogs, retired or active duty, in all branches of the U.S. military.
In honor the brave dogs who serve and protect alongside our human soldiers, here are 15 stunning photos of dogs while deployed or in military training.
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A U.S. Army soldier and his military dog, Lucky, take a break during a cordon and search in Mosul, Iraq, June 8, 2008. The Military Working Dog team assisted with the cordon and search to find weapon caches and bomb paraphernalia.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah De Boise)
U.S. Army Sgt. Justin R. Pereira, right, and Laika 5, a military working dog trained to detect tactical explosives, provide security as Afghan border police break ground on a new checkpoint in the Spin Boldak district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 25, 2013. Pereira and Laika 5 are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Striker Brigade Combat Team.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann)
Commander of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Col. William Roy, U.S. Army, out of Jericho, Vt., pets a military working dog during an operation in Parwan province, Afghanistan, on May 11, 2010. U.S. Army soldiers of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team visited a remote village in Parwan province to conduct a key leader engagement with village elders.
(DoD photo by Sgt. Jason Brace, U.S. Army.)
Ali, a U.S. Air Force military working dog, runs to the next obstacle on a training course at Asad Air Base, Iraq, on July 25, 2010. The obstacle course provides exercise and obedience training for military dogs.
(DoD photo by Perry Aston, U.S. Air Force.)
U.S. Navy Seaman Derek Smith pets Fergina, a military working dog, before training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 21, 2014. Smith is a military working dog handler.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Dietrich)
U.S. Army Spc. Robert Dami, from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, plays fetch with his military working dog Jay at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, June 1, 2006.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katrina Beeler)
Whiskey, an explosive protection military working dog with the 48th Security Forces, relaxes between the legs of his handler U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris A. Beavers, a kennel master with the 48th Security Forces, at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, on June 24, 2008. Whiskey is being retired because of medical reasons after serving over six honorable years at Royal Air Force Lakenheath.
(DoD photo by Airman Perry Aston, U.S. Air Force.)
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Rhyan Belisle, assigned to Naval Station Norfolk Security Military Working Dogs Unit, handles military working dog Kyra during an explosives detection exercise. Military working dogs are used to apprehend suspects and to detect explosives and narcotics while searching buildings, ships and submarines.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
Washington, D.C. - Sgt. Gaige Roberts, dog handler, walks Cpl. Chesty XIV, official Marine Corps mascot, during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2014.
(Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Larry Babilya/Released)
Lance Cpl. David Hernandez, from San Francisco, fast-ropes out of an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with his military working dog, Benny, Oct. 27 at Camp Hansen. This was the first time the handlers have fast-roped out of an aircraft with their dogs. The Marines are planning to use this capability for future exercises. The Marines and dogs are with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, III MHG.
(Photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan Mains)
Patrol Base Boldak, Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Thomas Foster takes a rest with his military working dog Diamond during a patrol through Boldak, Afghanistan March 6. Foster is a member of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.
(Photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Marine)
A Marine form 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, conducts training with his improvised explosive device detection dog.
(Marine Corps Photo)
A U.S. Army soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior 2011 on March 1, 2011. Emerald Warrior is an annual two-week joint/combined tactical exercise sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command designed to leverage lessons learned from operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders.
(DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force. Released)
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Fasco, a military working dog, arrives on Gammon Parade Field on Fort Leonard Wood., Mo., to participate in a historic tandom jump with his handler from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from an altitude of 12,500 feet, Sept. 18, 2009. The jump was among several demonstrations, including jumps by the 101st Airborne Division's Screaming Eagles, during Military Police Warfighter Week.
(U.S. Army photo by Kevin Carlile)
U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Chris Lalonde, center, holds onto his military working dog, Sgt. Maj. Fasco, and jumpmaster Kirby Rodriguez, behind them, deploys his parachute while members of the 101st Airborne Division's Screaming Eagles watch them make history with the military’s first tandem airborne jump from an altitude of 12,500 feet onto Gammon Parade Field, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Sept. 18, 2009. Lalonde is assigned to Company D, 701st Military Police Battalion, and Rodriguez is assigned to the 342nd Training Squadron.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vince Vander Maarel)
All photos courtesy Dept of Defense
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