Pooch sniffs out things that could go bang

By Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentSeptember 12, 2013

U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is urged through a practice course by his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is urged through a practice course by his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) VIEW ORIGINAL
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, puts his nose to work during a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Coma's handler is Spc. Alex Serna, of Fort Wayne, Ind., of Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, puts his nose to work during a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Coma's handler is Spc. Alex Serna, of Fort Wayne, Ind., of Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) VIEW ORIGINAL
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is run through a practice course by his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is run through a practice course by his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) VIEW ORIGINAL
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, checks out a truck at the encouragement of his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, checks out a truck at the encouragement of his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) VIEW ORIGINAL
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, waits for his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, to throw his toy during a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. Serna and Coma take time to play during training exercises as a reward for Coma's success and good behavior. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, waits for his handler, Spc. Alex Serna, to throw his toy during a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. Serna and Coma take time to play during training exercises as a reward for Coma's success and good behavior. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) VIEW ORIGINAL
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, pauses while holding one of his toys during a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, pauses while holding one of his toys during a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) VIEW ORIGINAL
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, gets love from his handler, Spc. Alex Serna (left), and another Soldier after completing a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna, who is from Fort Wayne, Ind., is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. Serna and Coma take time to play during training exercises as a reward for Coma's success and good behavior. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Coma, a tactical explosive detector dog assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, gets love from his handler, Spc. Alex Serna (left), and another Soldier after completing a practice exercise at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2013. Serna, who is from Fort Wayne, Ind., is with Company A, 2nd Bn. Coma, a German shepherd, is trained to detect the scents various explosive components emit and alert his handler. Serna and Coma take time to play during training exercises as a reward for Coma's success and good behavior. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) VIEW ORIGINAL