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Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: Drug dogs and bomb dogs thwart the Taliban together

By Rebecca Frankel

Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

Earlier this month a report came out over the military newswire with news that for the first time narcotic detection dogs and bomb detection dogs were patrolling together. It was part of Operation Clean Sweep in Kandahar City, where the 563rd Military Police Company joined with Afghan police officers for a mission that included coordinated "traffic control points" while compounds were searched and cleared.

The idea behind adding the drug dog to the search was, according to one of the 563rd's platoon leaders 1st Lt. Megan Conroy, to show Afghan Uniform Police "how to handle drug finds and process the offenders."

Adam Serella, the handler in the photo above, said the combination of the two kinds of detection dogs allows for increased safety; the bomb dog go through first, clear an area so the drug dog team can come in and work without worry.

Above, Sgt. Adam Serella, a narcotics patrol detector dog handler with me 3rd Infantry Division, ensures his dog, Nero, inspects every level of a compound in Kandahar City, on Oct. 3.

Spc. Tyler Meister

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Army War College axes 10 civilian profs

At a commander's call earlier this week, I am told, the new commandant of the Army War College disclosed that 10 civilian faculty members are being let go.

My PME correspondent "Alejandro" writes thusly:

"The Commandant of the Army War College, Major General Anthony A. Cucolo III, decided to reduce the personnel budget to meet this objective.  He directed that the next round of personnel cuts come directly from the Title 10 faculty -- the civilian scholars, instructors, and retired practitioners teaching the resident course.  These are the core faculty implementing the core mission of the school: educating senior leaders.

He reportedly did so in the belief that TRADOC would reject a cut to the core faculty, perhaps affecting some of the college¹s most prominent academics, thus preserve positions across the college.

His gamble failed and 10 civilian scholars, whose positions were offered up in a bureaucratic gambit, will be told this week that their appointments will not be renewed. Indeed, some may be let go sooner.