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Military Dogs To Help With Inauguration Security

C. Todd Lopez

Sgt. Malkia Litaker, who served with the 947th in 2009, and military working dog, Gerko, work together to find simulated explosives during a demonstration, Jan. 14, 2009, at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

Military working dogs will play a key role at President Obama's inauguration next week.

Col. Jesse D. Galvan, who serves as the provost marshal for Joint Task Force-National Capital Region/Military District of Washington, was quoted in an Army press release as saying his organization would help provide support to the Secret Service.

Part of that support includes military working dogs. There will be roughly 45 dog handlers on hand to support the inauguration.

The 947th Military Police Detachment out of Fort Myer, Virginia is providing about 16 of those handlers.

Galvan says:

"They will be working various venues and providing sweeps," he said, including at the children's concert the night before, on the parade grounds and at the Capitol Building.

President Obama will be sworn in for his second term on January 21 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

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