In photos: Ohio native, K-9 sidekick help change fight in Afghanistan
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers on today's modern battlefield have tools that we all know well. We often think of rifles, hand grenades and up-armored vehicles – but what about dogs? Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the Fort Riley, Kan., based 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry division, also known as the "Dragons," are changing the game when it comes to finding roadside bombs in their area of operations.
Mentor, Ohio, native Spc. Christopher Lightner is a military dog handler deployed with the "Dragon" Brigade. With his loyal sidekick Senna at his side, Lightner patrols eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province to detect one of the biggest threat to U.S. troops here – the improvised explosive device.
Lightner and Senna are part of a Tactical Explosive Detector Dog team, and when they are not out saving lives, they are training for it.
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