In Photos: US Military Working Dogs (MWD)

March 12, 2019

Military working dogs, along with their handlers from every military service, are deployed worldwide to support the war on terror, helping to safeguard military bases and activities and to detect bombs and other explosives before they inflict harm.


Here we enlist the top facts about the United States' Military Working Dogs.


🐶 The department of defense breeds their own dogs. The breeding facility is on Lackland Air force base in San Antonio, Texas. The same place where dog handlers are trained.


Military working dog Ingo takes down a simulated enemy threat at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

📷 photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff



Ritz, a military working dog, navigates a confidence course alongside Air Force Tech. Sgt Calvin Moore at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

📷 by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys


Air Force military working dog Vviking gets some affection from his handler at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

📷 by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier


🐶 The military working dogs bite 200-300 pounds per inch. That is one strong bite.


Marines and their military working dogs conduct controlled aggression training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.

📷 by Lance Cpl. Angelo Garavito


The US military has used working dogs since the Revolutionary War, initially as pack animals, and later, for more advanced uses, such as killing rats in the trenches during World War I.


Marines pose for a photo with military working dogs at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

📷 by Marine Corps Sgt. Allison Lotz


USAF Senior Airman Alyssa Stamps, 35th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, plays with her dog, Elvis, at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

📷 by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter


🐶 When narcotics are found, the military working dogs must appear in court. All witnesses, even the ones that bark, are required to be present. 


Marine Corps Sgt. Mark Smith and Oohio, a military working dog, board an MV-22 Osprey on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in the Philippine Sea.

📷 by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Barker


A military working dog jumps through an obstacle at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

📷 by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Seth Rosenberg


Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Gluyas plays with military working dog Alfi at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

📷 by Air Force Senior Airman Delaney Gonzales


🐶 The Marine Corps retires roughly 30 to 40 dogs a year. You can even adopt one for yourself if you are interested.


Marine Corps Cpl. Jared Royce returns from a patrol with military working dog Hugo during Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., 

📷 by Cpl. Will Perkins


Air Force Senior Airman James Terry relaxes with Tank, a military working dog, after practicing basic obedience commands at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

📷 by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Angela Cardone, a military working dog handler, conducts training with a canine partner at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

📷 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Seth Rosenberg

🐶 Military Working Dogs will usually retire with one of their handlers. The pup is usually offered up to their most recent handler and then it will be offered to their very first handler.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Victor Green and his dog, Koko, a military working dog, take a break after a improvised explosive devices detection training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. 

📷 by Staff Sgt. Lindsay Cryer


US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kristina Vargas, left, leads military working dog aggression training with Kenyan army Cpl. Junior Kimani in Nairobi, Kenya.

📷 by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy M. Ahearn


Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor W. Torrence spends a moment with Eesther, a military working dog, in the hangar bay of the USS Bonhomme Richard at sea, before departing for a training mission.

📷 by Staff Sgt. T.T. Parish


🐶 Every K-9 facility operates 365 days a year which means that all the military working dogs receive some love in every holiday season.


Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Bennett works with military working dog Kimba in a kennel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. 

📷 by Justin Connaher



Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alex Marquissee, a military working dog handler, and his dog, Gage, fast-rope from an MV-22B Osprey onto an aircraft elevator aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in the Philippine Sea.

📷 by Seaman Apprentice Jesse Marquez Magallanes


Marine Corps Sgt. Joseph Adams shouts commands at Gunner, a military working dog, as they swim at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

📷 by Cpl. Austyn Saylor


🐶 Military working dogs are considered government property. A serial number and microchip identifies the dogs and helps with accountability.


Marine Corps military working dogs rest at the feet of their handlers aboard the USS Wasp in the South China Sea.

📷 by Cpl. Bernadette Plouffe


Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Hannah Hasbargen runs Koto, a military working dog, through an obedience course at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy.

📷 by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Hoffner


Air Force military working dog Lleonard performs a controlled aggression tactic on Col. Stanley Martin during a demonstration at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar,

📷 by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson


🐶 There are four primary breeds that the Corps uses as military working dogs; German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds.


Spidey, a Marine Corps military working dog, waits with his handler during a live-fire exercise on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima in the Mediterranean Sea.

📷 by Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel C. Coxwest 


Marine Corps Cpl. Mark Smith executes routine aggression tactics with military working dog, Corado, at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.

📷 by Lance Cpl. Andrew Neumann


Military working dogs have long been recognized as "force multipliers" by military fighting forces around the world. The Romans put razor-sharp collars around their dogs, then sent them into the enemy's ranks to bite and cut their foes.


Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ashly Lester, a military working dog handler, carries her canine partner, Ttibor, during the Police Week Top Dog competition at Yokota Air Base, Japan,

📷 by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres


🐶 The military working dogs need a minimum free time of 20 hours a week. That is 80 hours a month.


Army Sgt. Astor P720, a military working dog, waits for his next command from Army Spc. Kurtis Swift during obedience training at the Panzer Local Training Area in Boeblingen, Germany.

📷 by Jason Johnston


Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Driver adjusts safety equipment for military working dog Deny during flight familiarization training at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

📷 by Air Force Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry


Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kolby James Jones, a military working dog handler, acts as a decoy for Benjo, an Air Force working dog, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

📷 by Yasuo Osakabe


🐶 There are different specialities of military working dogs;

- A patrol drug detector dog.

- An explosive detector dog.

- A specialized search dog.

- A combat tracker dog, etc.


A Marine Corps military working dog and handler participate in a demonstration of the K-9 unit at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

📷 by Lance Cpl. Sabrina Candiaflores


Army Sgt. Kara M. Yost and Rock, her military working dog, take a break after running through the obstacle course during training at Fort Meade, Md.

📷 by Sebastian “Bill” Sciotti Jr.


USAF Staff Sgt. Matthew Gluyas, a military working dog handler, balances a dog treat on Alfi’s snout at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

 by Senior Airman Delaney Gonzales


Disclaimer: The appearance of US Department of Defense (DoD) visual information on this website does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. 



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