Army and Air Force Train to Treat Working Dogs in CBRN Environments

first published on April 16, 2019 by

Service members from the U.S. Army and Air Force work together in training to learn the steps to decontaminate a military working dog.

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Military Working Dogs are one of the strongest assets that can be brought to the ground during search and rescue operations, counter-narcotics operations, and counter-IED operations. Service members who have worked with a working dog know that the animal is not only just a tool to accomplish the mission, but a special member of the team that means a lot to everyone. To increase the effectiveness of these working dogs, the Army and Air Force are coming together to conduct and adapt new systems of training that will allow the dogs a more diverse set of capabilities, while still keeping the animal safe.

Enter CBRN work. CBRN is an acronym that stands for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear. Working in this type of environment is one of the most dangerous things that any service member can do. On top of all of the normal risks that come with operating in a conflict zone, CBRN taints the very environment and often makes the air itself a deadly adversary for service members to contend with. Operations in these types of environments are rare, but when required it will be important for our military working dogs to still be able to get in and out of these situations just as safely as our human service members.

In the video below, members of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force work together to train in the decontamination process of military working dogs. The dogs are outfitted with special CBRN equipment, and then trained to go through the process of decontamination. The dogs aren’t the only ones being trained though, their human counter-parts are also learning the process of decontamination so they can assist in the process of keeping their four-legged team members fully operational while working in these dangerously contaminated areas.

The video below comes to us courtesy of the United States Army and Spc. Arielle Lugtu.


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