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    Defenders form bonds, train with working dogs



    Story by Staff Sgt. Rion Ehrman 

    1st Combat Camera Squadron     

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.— From barking to dashing through forest to apprehend a suspect military working dogs and handlers with the 628th Security Forces Squadron use military working dogs as part of their everyday efforts to keep the base safe.

    The dogs, which are trained at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, bring a new skillset to the table with their heighten senses that help in tasks such as detecting explosives to sniffing out illegal substances.

    Security forces members are put through rigorous tests to see if they are capable of handling the dogs effectively throughout their careers.

    Staff Sgt. Sage Taylor, A military working dog handler from the 628th Security Forces Squadron, channeled her life long love of animals into her everyday duties with her military working dog.

    “I protect the base and outside agencies with my partner dog, he has skills that no human can possess and can locate odors and chase down people that I never could,” said Taylor. “weather it’s explosives or drugs I can always trust my dog to find it.”

    Taylor and her partner are always training to sharpen their skills in anticipation for the next problem they must stop.

    “MWDs play a much bigger role than most people can ever imagine, just seeing the K9 is a deterrent that could stop a crime before it even happens,” said Taylor. “Their skills are vital to the success of the military and they are irreplaceable assets.”

    Taylor says it’s a life long dream to be able to work with animals like she's always wanted to, but everything comes to an end eventually.

    “Honestly the hardest part of being a K9 handler is when you build an unbreakable bond with your dog and you either PCS or separate and you have to leave the dog behind,” said Taylor. “I love dogs also I know what an important role the MWDs play in the military and that’s something I wanted to be a part of.”



    Date Taken: 02.19.2020
    Date Posted: 02.19.2020 12:32
    Story ID: 363409
    Location: SC, US

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