Kennel for military working dogs opens on post

Press Release

FORT BENNING, GA - Fort Benning's military working dogs will move into a new living facility following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new complex at 8:30 a.m. April 20.

The $2.6 million complex will feature 25 runs, a veterinary examination room, training areas and a 2,500-square-foot administration office.

Fort Benning's military working dogs are trained to search for explosives and narcotics.  They are also cross-trained to protect their handlers and to subdue subjects who attempt to escape.

As part of the grand opening, several military working dog teams will conduct a demonstration of their training and capabilities.

There are 13 dog handlers assigned to Fort Benning's military working dog section.  Several of the working dog teams are currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

By regulation, working dog teams conduct at least 16 hours of detection training and spend 16 hours on patrol every month.

The military working dogs currently assigned to Fort Benning are all German Shepherds.  The Department of Defense also trains several other working breeds.

All military working dogs and handlers, regardless of their branch of service, begin their careers at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas.

Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs