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Kally works with his partner, Lance Cpl. Sam Enriquez, during a night training operation on Sept. 24, 2012, Okinawa, Japan. (Photo: U.S.M.C. Cpl. Aaron Diamant)

In the 1070s, nearly 2,000 United States military dogs were used worldwide, but thanks to cutbacks, that number now lingers at less than one-third what it once was. And while dogs can be an invaluable part of the military, one obvious attribute is the companionship and unwavering support they provide for our troops.

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Wilbur resting after a site search in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 30, 2013. (Photo: U.S.M.C. Sgt. Pete Thibodeau)

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A flight medic with his canine partner, Luca, during a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak in Afghanistan. (Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Needham)

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Blue resting with his crew after clearing compounds on Jan. 4, 2012 during Operation Tageer Shamal. (Photo: U.S.M.C. Cpl. Reece Lodder)

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Fanta barking at a “bad guy” on June 20 at the Osan Air Base in South Korea. (Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

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