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Lackland AFB Training Program Prepares Military Dogs for Combat


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Military dogs are back in the spotlight after it was reported that a Navy SEAL team used a dog during the raid on Osma Bin Laden’s compound in Afghanistan.

While few are aware of it, Lackland Air Force Base is home to a substantial military dog training program, with nearly 700 dogs housed at its 400 acre training center. Increased use of IEDs by insurgents has ramped up demand for bomb sniffing dogs in the field, and although more than 350 dogs are currently deployed in Afghanistan, the Marines say they plan to double that number in the future.