By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
IDD detection dog Ty keeps watch while his handler Marine LCpl. Brandon Mann, a Texas native with the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion sweeps the area with a look through his automatic rifle. The pair along with other Marines and sailors was in Helmand Province assigned to a "clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder" on February 2.
Photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.