MWD Carlos is a 5 year old Dutch Shepherd who has been there and done that. Carlos has deployed four times in his short life and has had the honor of leaving a lasting impression on many people during multiple support missions. His second deployment to Baghdad, Iraq is where he stepped up and saved hundreds of lives. His contributions to the War on Terrorism read like a fictional novel.
Carlos contributed critical explosive detection to 100 downtown raids with the 506th RCT/101st ABN. During these missions Carlos was credited with multiple solo finds consisting of rifles, EFP devices, RPG’s, IED’s, and in one raid, over 700 anti-personnel mines. In this one find Carlos saved countless US personnel and civilians. These finds along with his relentless display of bravery during a 45 minute firefight to rescue an American convoy solidify his presence as a “true” working dog. During this rescue Carlos endured continued direct and indirect fire making sweep after sweep to clear a safe route to retrograde. For his actions Carlos was made an honorary member of the 506th RCT and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
Carlos will be greatly missed by his handler.
SSgt Geoffrey Welsh