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Rescue Reservists teach working dogs new tricks

Citizen Airmen Reservists Maj. Mary Minshew, HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot, and a team of Citizen Airmen Reserve aircrew from the 920th Rescue Wing's 301st Rescue Squadron, train with Beta the Belgium malinois,

Citizen Airmen Reservists Maj. Mary Minshew, HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot, and a team of Citizen Airmen Reserve aircrew from the 920th Rescue Wing's 301st Rescue Squadron, train with Beta the Belgium Malinois, a 45th Space Wing Security Forces working dog. Both the 45th SW and 920th RQW are located at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida -- Beta, a military working dog with the 45th Space Wing Security Force Squadron, is trained to smell anything from money to explosives and can even recognize hostile actions. He added a new skill Jan. 23 with the help of Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing who familiarized the K9 with riding in helicopters.

Beta, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler, Senior Airman Jerry Jasmin, spent the day flying in HH-60G Pave Hawks from 301st Rescue Squadron. Beta donned all of the safety equipment that his human counterparts must wear, including safety goggles.

Riding in military aircraft is a task necessary for overseas combat operations, said Tech. Sgt. Dwight Veon, 45th Security Forces kennel master.

Military working dogs and their handlers face a variety of missions under a wide array of conditions during deployments. They are constantly on the move, one minute working at a vehicle search area, the next providing security for distinguished visitors.

Using helicopters is sometimes the most efficient way of getting from one mission assignment to the next.

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