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Military working dogs and handlers prep for missions with helicopter training

Brenda waits to board a UH-1N Huey during training with the 36th Rescue Squadron Aug. 15, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 7, 2018

Military working dogs, many of whom were flying for the first time, joined their handlers for UH-1N Huey training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., throughout the month of August.

The 92nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog section worked with the 36th Rescue Squadron to learn how to get dogs safely on and off the aircraft, flying safety measures and what to do in an emergency, according to a U.S. Air Force statement.

“The mission downrange can take numerous forms: clearing roadways, escorting distinguished visitors or even locating missing persons,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Benfer, 92nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, in the statement. “The first time a MWD team flies together shouldn’t be in a deployed location. By being proactive, we are able to safely prevent injury to aircrew, handlers and the dogs.”

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Tabita and Staff Sgt. Kyle Wentz, 92nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers, and Brenda the dog prepare to fly during huey training with the 36th Rescue Squadron Aug. 15, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. For most of the canines, the training included their first flight.
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The 36th Rescue Squadron taught 92nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers how to load and unload their canines, how to safely fly with a dog, and basic egress training in case of an emergencies.
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Canines Brenda and Lili go through Huey familiarization training with their handlers Aug. 14, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The helicopter training gave the 92nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog section an opportunity to prep for deployment missions.
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Staff Sgt. Jimmy Wilson, 92nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, runs through a detection exercise with Fanni July, 31, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
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Fanni patiently sits waiting for her handler during training July, 31, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
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