A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.
Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman, hoists an U.S. Army tactical explosive detection dogs into a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a joint rescue training scenario at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 21, 2013. This training was a first for both branches and prepared them for future rescue missions. Fischman is deployed from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)