By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
A fall postcard:
Lance Cpl. Sam Enriquez, a military working dog handler with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, and his K-9 partner Kally, take part in night operations training during the Inter-service Advanced Skills K-9 course at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground. Enriquez and 18 other military police K-9 handlers from the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps took part in the advanced pre-deployment course. Since the rigors and dangers of combat don't end when the sun sets, neither does the training the teams go through."
Rebecca Frankel, on leave from her FP desk, is currently writing a book about military working dogs, to be published by Free Press in the fall of 2013.
Photo by Cpl. Aaron Diamant
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.