Fort Lee to hold working dog competition

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Fort Lee, Va., will be the site of the Military Working Dog Warrior Police Challenge, a competition among 50 working dog teams from across the military and civilian law enforcement agencies.

The competition will take place at various locations on post Oct. 15 to 19 but is open to the public only on Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the post softball field at Nowak Stadium, when the teams will compete in tactical obedience, handler protection and felony traffic stop events.

“These teams are highly trained, and they have a strong bond with each other,” Staff Sgt. Robert Moore, kennel master with the 217th Military Police Detachment, Fort Lee, said in a press release. “Visitors will see the skills employed as both handler and dog work together to negotiate obstacles and protect each other from various threats.”

Other events during the week include explosive and narcotics detection, special search missions, building searches for personnel and open area scouting.

Dogs officially entered the U.S. military in 1942 to serve in the Army’s K-9 Corps, according to the press release.

During World War II, the secretary of war directed the quartermaster general to broaden the scope of the War Dog Program to include training for roving patrol messengers and sled work, in addition to fixed sentry duty.

Instruction in sentry duty was modified to meet the needs of the Army Air Forces to guard airfields, and possible uses by other agencies, the release said.

Today, the dogs have a military service record book assigned to them and they play an active role in searching for explosives and seizing the enemy anywhere military service members are stationed or deployed.

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Source: ArmyTimes

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