January 16, 2013

Blow Up Facts

  • T.E.D.D. stands for Tactical Explosive Detector Dog.

  • Dogs in the T.E.D.D. program are trained to hunt for explosive devices.

  • The T.E.D.D. program is a tactical dog program created by the U.S. Army.

  • VLK runs military courses throughout the year for TEDD teams.

  • Approximately 100 VLK dogs are deployed to Afghanistan at any time.

  • Tripwire Operations Group is a company that specializes in explosive devices.

  • Ryan Morris is the CEO of TripWire Operations Group.

  • I.E.D.s, or Improvised explosive devices, are being used by insurgents in Afghanistan.

  • A "road clear" is where a dog searches for IEDs just ahead of where the army unit is travelling.

  • Scott Zimmerman is a K-9 handler from Georgia. Zimmerman is making the transition from dog handler to dog trainer.

  • Lackland Air Force Base is the hub for all of the working dogs in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

  • The average I.E.D. in Afghanistan contains around forty to fifty pounds of explosives.

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