Elliott and Luna: A Coast Guard explosive detection team

Elliott and Luna: A Coast Guard explosive detection team
An evaluator watches as Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Elliott Felix and his canine partner, Luna, work together during an annual re-certification test administered by Transportation Security Administration personnel at a warehouse in Seattle, Sept. 19, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi. by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi Her partner walks beside her,...

Coast Guard K-9 Hoist Training

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Sirius stood on the bow of the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat with her tail tucked between her legs and quaking in her custom-made harness. Her soft, velvety ears were pinned back and she looked up at canine handler Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Hartman as he stroked her head and murmured reassurances to her. As Sirius struggled to find her sea legs, Hartman clipped a line to the black...

A Dog Defense

Petty Officer Christopher Hartman and his partner EvyStory by Petty Officer Melissa Leake In the aftermath of 9/11, the rules of standard military engagement have changed. So, too, have the plausible responses to armed aggressors, who depend on improvised explosives to pursue the war on terror. The need for a multi-layered bomb detection system to protect the American public and maritime transportation...