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Infantryman from Orting hunts for bombs in Afghanistan with a canine by his side

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Aug. 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm with 2 Comments »
August 16, 2012 2:54 pm
Orting's Pfc. John Casey is searching for buried mines in Afghanistan as part of a canine team out of Fort Riley, Kan. Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Morales

Here’s a fun story from an Army writer about Orting’s Pfc. John Casey, a member of mine-detecting canine team fighting in Afghanistan this summer.

Casey and his four-legged partner are searching for buried bombs in Paktika and Ghazni provinces with a unit out of Fort Riley, Kan. He likened his work to hunting with a dog.

“They both have a desire to work; that’s their sole purpose. Yeah, they’ll go out and play with you, but you can tell it’s a completely different dog. When you’re going out bird hunting or to find a bomb, they just know it’s time to go to work and ‘dad’ doesn’t want me to play right now,” he said.

Aside from the hunt, Casey also likes the chance to relax with a dog in his downtime. His assignment is called a Tactical Explosive Dog Detector team.

“There’s nothing like it,” he said. “You can blow something up, shoot any gun, but at the end of the day you can’t play with a dog out here unless you’re a handler.”


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  1. Do the dogs get to come home or are they left behind?

  2. Adam_Ashton says:

    Hi There, Most of what I know about military working dogs comes from this book: Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage.

    From the book, the military views canines as equipment. In past wars, the dogs were left in the country of the conflict. Today, the dogs come home but they don’t necessarily stay with any one handler, and they might remain in Afghanistan longer than the team that brought them.

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