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Soldiers Have ‘Luck’ On Their Side
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| Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer
Posted on 06/13/2006 4:20:04 PM PDT by SandRat
|U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Lucky sniffs for weapons and explosives while manning a traffic control point at the Sadr al Yusufiyah water treatment facility May 14, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer
|Soldiers Have Luck On Their Side
|Sgt. 1st Class Lucky is a two-year-old white lab
that specializes in locating weapons caches by scent.
|By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
|CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, June 13, 2006 — While deployed to Iraq, soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have gained assistance in the searching of vehicles and homes for weapons and explosive materials.
|"This is undoubtedly the most amazing dog that I have ever seen. He is on his game non-stop and always ready to go to work."
U.S. Army Capt. John Robertson
The soldiers rely on their training and accumulated experience and professionalism, but it never hurts to have a little luck on their side. Fortunately, they just happen to have a little Luck assigned to their battalion.
Sgt. 1st Class Lucky is a two-year-old white lab assigned to the 2nd Brigades Military Police Company that specializes in locating weapons caches by scent. He has been with the brigade for 14 months.
On a hot Iraqi day, temperatures can climb to 115 degrees or more. With the heat beating down, the tankers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, are stopping cars at a traffic control point (TCP) at the Sadr al Yusufiyah water treatment facility.
Cars are stopped and searched for any weapons or improvised-explosive device-making materials such as wire, timers or artillery shells.
Its a dangerous and tedious process. The soldiers cannot rush the searches or they might miss something and the heat makes it anything but comfortable. At times, these weathered soldiers can be seen manning TCPs for up to fourteen hours a day, with little relief.
They never know when they might have to react, as dozens of cars move through their checkpoint everyday.
|With Lucky, the job is different. The soldiers have a special helper to assist in their never-ending task. In Lucky, they have the help of one of the best bomb-sniffing dogs in the Army.
Lucky has spent the last six months working with his trainer, learning to alert him of the presence of weapons or contraband material. Upon completion of his training, Lucky was promoted to the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. The unusually high rank is to insure that he will always outrank his trainer. The handler is also required to attend the training and upon completion, the bond that is formed between dog and handler is virtually unbreakable.
This is undoubtedly the most amazing dog that I have ever seen. He is on his game non-stop and always ready to go to work, said Capt. John Robertson, commander, Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment.
Lucky was with the soldiers from May 13 to 18, conducting weapons checks, patrolling and pulling his share of guard. He still found time to be a dog though, often playing ball with the soldiers and enjoying the attention.
As soon as his trainer puts the harness on though, its all business for the pooch. With his uniform on, the work begins.
Fortunately, Lucky doesnt ask for much in return for the service that he provides. A little chow and some attention keeps him happy and content.
During his time with Company C, Lucky searched dozens of vehicles everyday and ensured that no vehicle passed without him getting a sniff. The soldiers said they felt extremely lucky to have a dog like Lucky around.
He is one of the team. We feel better with him out here, said 1st Lt. Alexander Lane, C Company executive officer.
Military Working Dogs Special
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; dogsofwar; have; iraq; luck; military; mwd; oif; on; side; soldiers; their; workingdogs
posted on 06/13/2006 4:20:07 PM PDT
To: HairOfTheDog; 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; ...
posted on 06/13/2006 4:20:47 PM PDT
(Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
posted on 06/13/2006 4:26:54 PM PDT
With a name like that, I'd expect to see a 3 legged one eyed pooch...
Only if the story was being told by "Larry the Cable Guy - Git-er-DUN!"
posted on 06/13/2006 4:41:04 PM PDT
(Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
To: SandRat; Flyer; technochick99; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; sissyjane; Severa; RMDupree; ecurbh; ..
posted on 06/13/2006 4:50:25 PM PDT
(Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
posted on 06/13/2006 5:17:43 PM PDT
(KW-ArabOpEd: Iraqis are celebrating the death of Zarqawi while Al Jazeera is holding a funeral)
OK, troops, listen up!
There's NO SUCH THING as a "White Lab". Doesn't exist.
It's obvious from the pic that this is a handsome young Yellow Lab, trending towards the pale yellow. Yellow Labs can be any color from pale wheat to fox red, but they're still "yellow". Look at his ears.
This dog also has the correct skin color - a nice black nose. Yellow Labs are really a Black Lab with the gene for a yellow coat . . . but that's another story.
posted on 06/13/2006 5:41:20 PM PDT
((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
Heck, unless this photo is distorted by my PC, he doesn't even look much "white" at all! I've seen whiter. Definitely yellow to me.
posted on 06/14/2006 7:38:30 AM PDT
by the OlLine Rebel
(Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
posted on 06/14/2006 10:04:00 AM PDT
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