Military Dog Tribute

Military Dog Tribute

The committee to bring a Military Working Dog Tribute to The Highground has been formed and is having regular meetings. If you have an interest in serving on this committee, or if you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Highground at 715-743-4224 or e-mail them at The Highground Learning Center has C.D.s, books and pictures regarding Military Working Dogs.

One of the objectives of the committee working to bring the working dog tribute to The Highground is that it will honor all working dogs. Although the accepted sculpture design is a military person kneeling next to German Shepherd dog the tribute will also include an inscription (to be determined) that acknowledges the service of service dogs, police K-9 units, drug detection dogs, etc.

Luca, a military working dog, has led groups of Special Forces in Afghanistan’s Helmund provice on more than 400 missions,as the point dog searching for IEDs. On her last mission she alerted to an IED a fraction of a second too late. The bomb exploded and Luca lost one of her legs. She recently was honored with the highest award given to Military Service Dogs. Luca now lives with her handler, his wife and their two children.

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Pictured is the modern military working dog, equipped with camera, an antenna, and his own protective vest. This dog is Cairo, the Belgian Malinios who accompanied SEAL Team Six on their raid into Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden. Cairo repelled from the helicopter and was the first intruder into the compound. His handler used the camera on Cairo’s back to communicate what was ahead to the remainder of the SEAL team.

The June 2014, National Geographic magazine, has an article titled “Hero Dogs”. The article explains the training and tour of duty of Marine Corporal Jose Armenta and his German Shepherd, Zenit in Afghanistan. Several copies of this magazine will be available at the Highground Learning Center library.

This photo is of Brutus and his handler Casey Rossman of the La Crosse Police Department in La Crosse, WI. This past summer in a drug detection competition sponsored by the U.S. Police Canine Association in Duluth, MN, Sgt Rossman and Brutus were awarded first place with a perfect score of 200. The use of working dogs in assisting law enforcement, as well as the military, has increased over the past thirty years.

There are many types of Military Working dogs. These two photos are of tracker dogs. These dogs are just as their name implies, used to track to the enemy. If an Army or Marine unit wishes to reestablish contact with a fleeing enemy, a helicopter brings in a tracker dog and handler. Tracker dogs are often labs or a lab and beagle cross. These dogs were as docile as they appear in the photos (Vietnam).

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