Fido Fest

Military working dogs and their handlers from security forces units across Air Combat Command recently gathered at Langley AFB, Va., for the first-ever MWD training seminar. The 633rd Security Forces Squadron hosted the five-day event. Activities include learning about dog psychology and behavior, decoy training, and discovering ways of improving dog performance. “These dogs are safeguards on the front lines, at the gates finding bombs and drugs, supporting our sister services outside the wire,” said SSgt. Gary Cheney, a 633rd SFS military working dog handler. The June 28-July 2 seminar also offered younger dog handlers the chance to learn from more experienced kennel masters and handlers. “I asked a lot of questions, trying to pull as much information as possible because it’s so rare to be around that much experience,” said SrA. Jonathan Bourgeois, a handler with the 633rd SFS. (Langley report by A1C Jason J. Brown)