Gotta love these photos of Howard the Pit Bull working hard for Uncle Sam in Afghanistan. And I hope this is a sign that the Army is reevaluating their ban of Pit Bulls on Army Bases. If Howard can risk his life for America as an Explosive Detection Dog than his brothers and sisters deserve a proud place next to their human Army families at U.S. Military Bases.

The Dog Files would like to thank SPC. Alexander Reimer, and his TEDD dog Howard for their incredible service and sacrifice to this country. We also like to thank the photographer, Andrew A. Nelles for these great photos.

Kenn Bell
Dog Files Creator

(Above). TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard pause for a moment during a foot patrol in Zharay District, Kandahar Province.

TEDD teams (Tactical Explosive Detector Dog Team) are sent into the field to accompany foot patrols where they are effective in detecting potential IED threats. Unlike traditional Military Working Dog teams, which the Army has used in the past, TEDD teams are unique in that their handlers are regular infantrymen from the brigade who have been given specialized training in working with the dogs.

(Above). TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer and his dog Howard fly in a helicopter on their way to link up with a platoon in Zharay District, Kandahar Province.

(Above). TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer and his dog Howard stop for a drink during a foot patrol in Zharay District, Kandahar Province.

(Above). SPC. Alexander Reimer and his dog Howard search a van in Zharay District, Kandahar Province.

(Above). SPC. Alexander Reimer exercises with his dog Howard at FOB Pasab in Zharay District, Kandahar Province.

(Above). SPC. Alexander Reimer and Howard rest while waiting for a convoy at FOB Howz-E-Madad in Zharay District, Kandahar Province.

All Photos ©2013 Andrew A. Nelles/ZUMA Press