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.
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
Huddling for warmth in Afghanistan
Manning an observation post
Joining the military police brigade
A veteran veterinarian holding a pup
Making friends on patrol
A puppy in Peru, reporting for duty
A polite puppy host
Sarah Sicard is a staff writer with Task & Purpose.
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James Clark is a staff writer for Task & Purpose. He is a former Marine combat correspondent and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan. You can reach him via email at [email protected]
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