As we take time to honor our veterans, we may also remember those who serve on four legs. Just in time for Veterans Day, a group of veteran K-9 handlers has found the original records on two Army dogs buried on land now owned by the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland.
Falko and Rinnie were both Sentry Dogs. That means they protected the bases where they were stationed, alerting their handlers to anything out of the ordinary.
Phil Carroll, a Service retiree and now the president of the Vietnam Security Police Association, served with an Air Force Sentry Dog named Tina. As he says, “On our posts guarding the perimeter of the bases with their millions of dollars worth of combat aircraft, sleeping aircrews, late-working flight crews and support staff, Tina and I were a perfect team. I trusted her without reservation to tell me if anyone or anything approached in the night – she trusted me to keep her safe and healthy, and to understand and react appropriately to her alerts."