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A Military Working Dog Handler (01:37)

Cpl. Christopher Vogt works as a canine handler and trains his dog, Kepie, to help protect the president of the United States.

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Cpl. Christopher Vogt works as a canine handler and trains his dog, Kepie, to help protect the president of the United States.

Vogt is stationed at Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, Va., with Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1). Vogt and Kepie travel ahead of the president, and before the president arrives at a location, Vogt and Kepie work together to prepare the area and maintain security.

All military working dogs are trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and they serve between 10 to 12 years. When it is time for them to retire, they can be adopted either by their handlers or a civilian family.

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