Whatever their role, the majority of MWDs are trained at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the military’s primary canine facility. Here, “Personnel conduct operational training of MWDhandlers and supervisors and sustain the [Department of Defense]MWD program through logistical support, veterinary care, and research and development for security efforts worldwide” according to the United States Air Force.
There are a lot of lives that have a hand (or paw!) in keeping our country safe. Each and every day, roughly 2,500 military working dogs are active in service with around 700 serving overseas at any given time. Their work is hard and unconditional and for that, we salute our four-legged friends.