Even though she is in her golden years, one military working dog assigned to the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron is at the top of her game when it comes to keeping the base safe and secure.
Meet Lindsey, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga. She can be found attached to the hip of her handler and best friend, Tech. Sgt. Steven Boleware, 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Boleware is also deployed from Moody AFB, and is a native of Columbia, Miss.
So, what does Lindsey do at this particular undisclosed location in Southwest Asia?
“Just like security forces Airmen, she is responsible for defending the base,” Boleware said. “We search for drugs, explosives and anything that appears to be out of the ordinary.”
Together, Boleware and Lindsey start their day early in the morning.
“I pick her up at the kennels and I take her to breakfast with me,” he said. “Then we start our shift, which is usually well before the sun comes up.”
Boleware and Lindsey spend most of their day inspecting vehicles.
“Searching vehicles is fun for Lindsey because she considers it a game,” he said. “She knows if she finds something, she’s going to get a huge reward.”
After spending a few hours searching vehicles, Boleware and Lindsey are released for lunch and spend the rest of their day conducting random antiterrorism inspections.
“It’s important that we show our presence around the base,” he said. “It acts as a deterrent because a lot of people are afraid of dogs. So, if the ‘bad guys’ know dogs are always around, they may think twice before doing something harmful.”
Lindsey is a great military working dog with a ton of experience, Boleware said.
“This is Lindsey’s third or fourth deployment so far,” he said. “And, when she’s not deployed, she’s back at home training for her next deployment. She definitely knows what she is doing.”
Although Lindsey is older than most of her peers, most people wouldn’t even know it, Boleware said.
“When she’s out-and-about, she has the energy level of a puppy,” he said. “And, she loves to play — especially if it involves a ball.”
Boleware said Lindsey is his ideal partner because of her temperament.
“I think we get along so well because our personalities are the same,” he said. “We are both laid-back and easy-going. She absolutely loves people, and I love dogs. In fact, if she had it her way, she’d be friends with everyone on this base.”
From sunrise to sunset, Lindsey and Boleware spend every moment together protecting and defending the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. They do so to keep every Airman here safe and out of harm’s way.