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8 Photos Of Deployment Puppies That Will Make Your Day Better
While on deployment, sometimes service members come across puppies.
It’s almost inevitable that every company and platoon position adopted at least one stray dog. The bond usually starts with a service member tossing an unwanted piece of flatbread to a stray eating trash on the side of the road. After that, the deal is sealed, and the unit has earned a mangy but adorable friend for the rest of its tour.
Lance Cpl. James R. Borzillieri, a gunner with 81 mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, plays with a puppy during his break between patrols, in Marjah, Afghanistan, May 9. Marine and Afghan soldiers went out on a 48-hour operation, where they manned checkpoints and conducted patrols around the market and residential areas in the center of the city.
In the months after the push to clear the city of Marjah in 2010, a small pack of stray dogs had the run of the battalion headquarters, and their ring leader was a cantankerous old mutt with short stubby legs and crooked teeth named Fred, who would follow around the battalion sergeant major in the hopes of getting an MRE as a treat. There were also the puppies that hung around the observation posts, where the rules against having dogs were more or less unenforceable.
These dogs often become a part of the unit’s family, so Task & Purpose took to the internet to find the best photos of puppies on deployment in honor of #nationalpuppyday.
Here are eight puppy deployment photos that are too adorable for words.
The newest recruit to join Operation Enduring Freedom
A U.S. Army Soldier from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, holds a puppy during a patrol in Waza Kwah District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, July 10, 2010.Army Photo by Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander
Huddling for warmth in Afghanistan
Six small puppies huddle together for warmth at Combat Outpost Zanbar, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Nov. 10, 2009.DoD photo
Manning an observation post
U.S. Army Spc. Ahren Blake, a combat medic from Clinton, Iowa, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, holds two puppies he found at an observation post in the Aziz Khan Kats Mountain Valley range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 15.DoD photo
Joining the military police brigade
U.S. Army Spc. David Cartwright from Martinsburg, W. Va., of the 1st Platoon, 230th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, improves community relations by engaging with local Iraqi puppies at the Iraqi Police District Headquarters in Mahawil, Iraq, on Dec. 21.DoD photo
A veteran veterinarian holding a pup
U.S. Army Spc. Tommie Collier, from San Antonio, Texas, a veterinarian specialist assigned to the 72nd Medical Detachment, holds a puppy he found behind a school in Jalrez, Afghanistan, while Kirby, a military working dog licks the puppy's face during an Afghan Medical Personnel Skills Improvement Mission, Nov. 11.DoD photo
Making friends on patrol
U.S. Army Soldiers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division are approached by a pack of playful puppies as they talk to the resident of a home in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2008.Army photo
A puppy in Peru, reporting for duty
Spc. Helen Loar, a veterinary technician embarked aboard High Speed Vessel (HSV 2) Swift, holds a puppy living at the Peruvian canine unit on Base Naval de Callao.Army photo by Spc. Jennifer Grier
A polite puppy host
A puppy and future sheep dog owned by Khalil Abrahim, a wheat and sheep farmer near Al Qayarrah, is uninterested in his master's hospitality toward American guests, offering the Soldiers chai tea outside his home near Al Qayarrah, Feb. 5.DoD photo
Army Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, who served during World War II with the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division depicted in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers,' was laid to rest on June 15th, the Army announced
Mampre, who died on May 31 at 97 years old, was the last living medic from Easy Company, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A number of soldiers assigned to his unit provided an honor guard for his funeral service.
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people, in a trial to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.
The suspects are likely to be tried in absentia, however, as the Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and is not expected to hand anyone over.
"These suspects are seen to have played an important role in the death of 298 innocent civilians", said Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke.
"Although they did not push the button themselves, we suspect them of close cooperation to get the (missile launcher) where it was, with the aim to shoot down an airplane."
Navy SEAL under investigation for allegedly manipulating (and hitting on) the widow of the Green Beret he helped kill
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.
The push finally allow troops to sue the military over medical malpractice just got a major boost in Congress
A senator has taken up the cause to negate a controversial court ruling that bars service members from suing the federal government in cases of medical malpractice by military doctors.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher officially kicked off on Tuesday with the completion of jury selection, opening statements, and witness testimony indicating that drinking alcohol on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq in 2017 seemed to be a common occurrence for members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon.
Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."