Air Force

December 21, 2012

Military Working Dogs sniff out explosives

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs


NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Explosive detection K-9 teams from across the Las Vegas community came together with local agencies at Nellis to participate in a mass odor exercise held by the 99th Security Forces Squadron Dec. 11.

Security Forces Military Working Dog handlers and their civilian counterparts utilized several different sets of explosive material to put the MWDs through a more intense and realistic scenario.

“We’re using; Detonation Cord, Semtex, Dynamite, TNT and C-4,” said Senior Airman Luke Albrecht, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordinance disposal technician. “The dogs act much differently with the mass odor versus the normal odor security forces usually uses, and for us we get to see how the dogs respond differently, which is especially helpful for us when we’re deployed.”

This is the first year that the 99th CES provided the explosives for use during the exercise.

“Our standard scent kit isn’t nearly as much as we’re using here today. It’s a bit different than what we usually do. EOD has helped us quite a bit,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Spicher, 99th SFS MWD handler.

Utilizing more than 90 pounds of explosive material is a change of pace for the SFS working dogs and their local community counterparts.

“A lot of civilians use synthetic explosives, which is a lot different than what we’re using today,” said Spicher.

Agencies such as the Wynn Hotel and Casino use synthetic explosives to train their dogs. The Air Force Security Forces are required to use real explosives.

“We don’t get to do real odor or mass odor exercises that often, which helps us immensely by being able to use real [explosives] instead of synthetics,” said Darrin Tansill, Wynn Hotel and Casino security.

Agencies that participated in the mass odor exercise include the Wynn Hotel and Casino, the Bellagio, MGM Grand, U.S. Marshal, The Department of Aviation, and the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

This provides a different learning experience for the civilian agencies who are rarely able to receive this type of training.

“You get to meet new people in the dog world. You get to see how other handlers work and see what they do differently,” said Tansill. “It can help you learn,”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash

Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award unveiled

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer pull the shroud during the ceremonial unveiling of the Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation A...
 
 

Career Intermission Program application window

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force Career Intermission Program application window opens July 1 for eligible Airmen interested in taking one to three years off active duty for personal or professional needs. Applications must reach the Air Force Personnel Center no later than Aug. 31, with the total force selection panel scheduled...
 
 

AF begins enlisted professional military education enrollment notifications

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas—Last week, the Air Force Personnel Center initiated a phased approach to notify approximately 83,000 Airmen of the requirement to enroll in the applicable enlisted professional military education distance learning course. AFPC will notify 20,000 Airmen at the beginning of each month until all members have been notified. In July 2014,...
 

 

AFCENT commander: ISIL fears coalition airpower

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Southwest Asia — At the coalition airpower hub for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the commander and coalition partners know they are making a difference in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists. “We know from our intelligence that...
 
 

GWOT Expeditionary Medal

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for more than one of the five Department of Defense approved GWOT-EM operations may now wear a service star device on the medal and service ribbon for the second and...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Jonathan Stock

Air Force welcomes new surgeon general

U.S. Air Force photo by Jonathan Stock Staff Sgt. Ross Ediger and Zachery Ediger pin the third star on their father Lt. Gen. Mark Ediger during a promotion ceremony at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Va., June ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>