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 Osi, a military working dog with the station Provost Marshal’s Office kennel, runs through water toward a mock aggressor aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 22. After given the command to attack, dogs like Osi will do everything in their power to get to their target. Date Photo Taken: 2/22/2012 1:29:00 PM Unit: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Photo ByLine: Pfc. Christopher D. Johns Photo VRIN: 120222-M-OB827-226                                                     Cpl. Casey Chang, 21, dog handler, Detroit, Mich., uses a whistle to give commands to Tank. Tank is a military working dog that is trained to detect military and home made explosives. Chang completed a 6-week training course in order to understand the needs and training for his dog. Date Photo Taken: 2/9/2012 8:34:00 AM Unit: Regimental Combat Team 6 Photo ByLine: Staff Sgt. Robert Storm Photo VRIN: 120209-M-EV518-1037.JPG

 2/22/2012 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Cpl. Wayne S. Williams, a military working dog handler with the station Provost Marshal's Office kennel and a New York, N.Y., native, praises his canine partner Rex aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 22. The dogs train to associate finding explosive training aids with receiving rewards, so they don't work to find the aid itself, but to get their reward.By Pfc. Christopher D. Johns


2/3/2012 By Cpl. Reece Lodder  Regimental Combat Team 5 - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Lacarra, a 20-year-old improvised explosive device detection dog handler with Combined Anti-Armor Team 2, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Long Beach, Calif., holds security in a field with his dog Coot while halted during a partnered security patrol with Afghan Border Police here, Jan. 30. In southern Garmsir district, an area with a history of tribal conflict, the growing ABP force has deepened its roots and established governance through the mentorship of the 3/3 Weapons Co. Marines. The ABP is younger and significantly smaller than the Afghan National Army and police forces, but its mission is vital as Afghan forces prepare to assume lead security responsibility in Garmsir. If the ABP didn't exist, there would be holes all along Afghanistan's southern border, said Capt. Jason Armas, 33, the commanding officer of Weapons Co., 3/3, and a native of Rye, N.Y

6/30/2008 Cpl. Ashley A. Entrikin, patrol and explosive dog handler, Military Police, I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force(FWD), bonds with her dog, Hugo, at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Entrikin and Hugo have been together for a year and make up the only military working dog team in Afghanistan that includes a female doghandler. Entrikin, originally from Rich Hill, Mo., says that she and Hugo are loyal to each other. Both of them have goofy attitudes, which makes work more fun. By Lance Cpl. Megan Sindelar I MEF


Women's History Month

Marine Sargent Grace L. Wyman practices aerial photography at the United States Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point in North Carolina. Aerial photography is one of the many important jobs taken over by women Marines to free men for combat duty.

2001 Captain Vernice Armour, USMC - earned her wings in 2001; the Department of Defense acknowledged her as the first female African American combat pilot in the military during Operation Iraqi Freedom; she completed two tours in the Persian Gulf; after leaving the Marine Corps, she became an international motivation speaker.



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