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Ruth, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog, takes a break from her obstacle course training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.  The course provides obstacles at different heights to provide realistic scenarios MWD teams can expect while on patrol.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Ruth, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog, takes a break from her obstacle course training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. The course provides obstacles at different heights to provide realistic scenarios MWD teams can expect while on patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Cooper, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Astra search for Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013. Vehicles come from all over Afghanistan and must be searched for VBIED threats before they can enter the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Cooper, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Astra search for Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013. Vehicles come from all over Afghanistan and must be searched for VBIED threats before they can enter the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Cooper, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Astra search for Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013. Vehicles come from all over Afghanistan and must be searched for VBIED threats before they can enter the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Cooper, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Astra search for Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013. Vehicles come from all over Afghanistan and must be searched for VBIED threats before they can enter the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Military Working Dog Ruth gets praised after solving a detection problem in which she found a specific odor during training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013.  Over the past four months the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group MWD team has completed more than 200 missions “outside the wire” securing villages and roads leading to the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Military Working Dog Ruth gets praised after solving a detection problem in which she found a specific odor during training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013. Over the past four months the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group MWD team has completed more than 200 missions “outside the wire” securing villages and roads leading to the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Cooper, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Astra take a break from their Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive patrol at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013. Over the past four months, the MWD team has swept more than 15,000 vehicles, mitigating all VBIED threats to the installation.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Cooper, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Astra take a break from their Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive patrol at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 29, 2013. Over the past four months, the MWD team has swept more than 15,000 vehicles, mitigating all VBIED threats to the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Keenan, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group operations superintendent, and Military Working Dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Keenan, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group operations superintendent, and Military Working Dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Keenan, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group operations superintendent, and Military Working Dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Keenan, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group operations superintendent, and Military Working Dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Keenan, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group operations superintendent, and Military Working Dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Keenan, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group operations superintendent, and Military Working Dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Mason, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Mason, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Tech. Sgt. Adam Leslie, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog kennel master, and MWD Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)
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Tech. Sgt. Adam Leslie, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog kennel master, and MWD Ruth perform controlled aggression training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. Controlled aggression training creates scenarios in which the MWD team responds to a suspect or unidentified individual. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Ruth, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog, takes a break from her obstacle course training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.  The course provides obstacles at different heights to provide realistic scenarios MWD teams can expect while on patrol.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)
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Ruth, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog, takes a break from her obstacle course training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. The course provides obstacles at different heights to provide realistic scenarios MWD teams can expect while on patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Ruth, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog, takes a break from her obstacle course training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.  The course provides obstacles at different heights to provide realistic scenarios MWD teams can expect while on patrol.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)
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Ruth, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog, takes a break from her obstacle course training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. The course provides obstacles at different heights to provide realistic scenarios MWD teams can expect while on patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Steven Owen, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Tex conduct a night operations search at Traffic Control Points outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. TCPs provide an unpredictable security posture in which random vehicles are selected to be swept for contraband and all occupants identified and checked.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)
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Staff Sgt. Steven Owen, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Tex conduct a night operations search at Traffic Control Points outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. TCPs provide an unpredictable security posture in which random vehicles are selected to be swept for contraband and all occupants identified and checked. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Steven Owen, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Tex conduct a night operations search at Traffic Control Points outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. TCPs provide an unpredictable security posture in which random vehicles are selected to be swept for contraband and all occupants identified and checked.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)
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Staff Sgt. Steven Owen, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Tex conduct a night operations search at Traffic Control Points outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. TCPs provide an unpredictable security posture in which random vehicles are selected to be swept for contraband and all occupants identified and checked. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

Staff Sgt. Steven Owen, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Tex conduct a night operations search at Traffic Control Points outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. TCPs provide an unpredictable security posture in which random vehicles are selected to be swept for contraband and all occupants identified and checked.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)
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Staff Sgt. Steven Owen, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group Military Working Dog handler, and his dog Tex conduct a night operations search at Traffic Control Points outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. TCPs provide an unpredictable security posture in which random vehicles are selected to be swept for contraband and all occupants identified and checked. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Military Working Dogs and their handlers assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group patrol and protect Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and the surrounding area.

The handlers perform weekly controlled aggression training with their dogs and practice in a MWD obstacle course to provide realistic scenarios the team can expect to encounter while on patrol.

Over the past four months, the MWD team has swept more than 15,000 vehicles, mitigating all Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device threats to the installation and completed more than 200 missions "outside the wire" securing villages and roads leading to the airfield.