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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Postcard from a Rocky Mountain Kennel

By Rebecca Frankel Chief Canine Correspondent This week’s mini-post comes all the way from the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs where I’ve spent the last few days traveling around with Kennel Master Chris Jakubin and his team of handlers. I owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for letting me crash their kennel and watch ...

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By Rebecca Frankel

Chief Canine Correspondent

This week’s mini-post comes all the way from the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs where I’ve spent the last few days traveling around with Kennel Master Chris Jakubin and his team of handlers. I owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for letting me crash their kennel and watch them work their dogs – Haus, Mack, Oli, Boda, and Benga. Special thanks also to the teams at Fort Carson, Buckley AFB, and the Colorado Springs Airport. It’s been an incredible week.

Above, Boda, a bomb detection and patrol dog, enjoys a much-deserved outdoor brushing from her handler Staff Sgt. Robbie Whaley after running drills at Fort Carson.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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