Stars and Stripes stripes.com 28 Dec, 2020 15:45 am

Army K9 and handler honored for discovering IED cache in Syria

Army K9 and handler honored for discovering IED cache in Syria
An Army canine earned rare military honors this month after discovering a cache of explosives in Syria while deployed as part of the U.S.-led mission to defeat the Islamic State.

Army K9 and handler honored for discovering IED cache in Syria Fritz, a military working dog, and his handler Sgt.5-year-old military working dog who joined the kennels at Fort Carson, Colo.Lewis Frederick, military working dog program manager for Operation Inherent Resolve.It’s the first “known” time a working dog and handler have made such a find since 2018, he said.

“Military Working Dog Fritz’s unique abilities were vital to the accomplishment of the security and force protection mission.The pair were on patrol with a route clearance company and civil affairs team in late November when civilians notified them of “enemy remnants of war” in an open field, Frederick said in a written response to questions from Stars and Stripes.

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