About 30% of Afghanistan is covered in desert. According to Wikipedia temperatures can exceed over 120 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. Guess which service was “lucky enough” to draw this assignment?
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Pond, a military working dog handler assigned to 1st Platoon, India Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Regimental Combat Team 2, works with his dog, Pablo, to search for improvised explosive devices during a security patrol near Turah Shah Ghundey, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 4, 2011. Elements of the 26th MEU deployed to Afghanistan to provide regional security in Helmand province in support of the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper/Released)
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