Engineers, dogs learning new tricks

Story and photo by Stephen Standifird
Managing editor

All engineer Soldiers train at Fort Leonard Wood, even the four-legged ones.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the Combat Engineer Mine Detection Dog Handlers Course, where combat engineers are trained side-by-side with mine detection dogs, said Sgt. 1st Class John Martin, course noncommissioned officer in charge.

The 708-hour course, which earns the engineer the additional skills identifier of K9, begins by pairing one Soldier with multiple dogs to find the right combination to make a good team, Martin said.

“(This course is) just as much teaching the engineers how to handle the dogs as it is teaching the dogs how to do the job,” Martin said.

While the origins of the Army K9 program can be traced back to World War II and again in Vietnam, the current mine detection dog…     Read More...