Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs handler Spc. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, exercises with his dog Howard in Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Photo submitted)
Spc. Alexander Reimer, a 2008 FLHS graduate, is serving in Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. To detect explosive devices, the team uses specially trained tactical explosive detection dogs.
The dogs accompany foot patrols, infantrymen from the brigade who have also been given specialized training in working with the dogs.
Because of their value, most infantry battalions deploying to war zones have the highly trained detector dogs on the front lines alongside the troops.
The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, with their dogs trained to detect explosive devices. Debora Reimer, Spc. Alexander Reimer’s mother, said the tennis balls were donated for the dogs. “I know I sent a dozen, thinking he would share with everyone else. I guess I didn’t need to do that.” (Photo submitted)