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									BY ORDER OF THE COMMANDER                                         AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 31-202
(USAFE)                                                 UNITED STATES AIR FORCES IN EUROPE
                                                                                Supplement 1
                                                                                         14 JUNE 2006


                                                             MILITARY WORKING DOG PROGRAM


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OPR: HQ USAFE/A7SOS                                                    Certified by: HQ USAFE/A7SD
                                                                               (Col David W. Martinez)
Supersedes AFI31-202_USAFESUP1,                                                              Pages: 5
           1 November 1996

Supplement AFI 31-202, 1 August 1999, is supplemented as follows: This supplement explains proce-
dures in support of the Military Working Dog (MWD) program. This instruction does not apply to the US
Air Force Reserve or to the Air National Guard. It does not apply to Air Force Reserve Command
(AFRC) and Air National Guard (ANG) units. The mailing address for Headquarters United States Air
Forces Europe/Security Forces Operations Security (HQ USAFE/A7SOS) is: Unit 3050 Box 135, APO
AE 09094-0135. The Plain Language Address (PLA) for HQ USAFE/A7SOS is: HQ USAFE RAM-
STEIN AB GE//A7SOS//. Ensure that all records created as a result of processes prescribed in this publi-
cation are maintained in accordance with AFMAN 37-123, Management of Records and disposed of in
accordance with the Air Force Records Disposition Schedule (RDS) located at: https://

This document is substantially revised and must be completely reviewed. Extensive changes in poli-
cies and procedures required a complete revision of this publication.
1.7.1. (Added) Kennel masters ensure the Unit Manning Document reflects the required number of per-
sonnel. They must also provide kennel support personnel detailed written instructions for all routine and
emergency duties. Provide bilingual instructions for local national personnel.
2.2. MWD Authorizations, Regulations, and Dispositions. Upon ordering an MWD, forward the order
requisition number to HQ USAFE/A7SOS.
2.2.1. (Added) Units in the United Kingdom only, order replacements when a MWD reaches 9 years of
age, regardless of the medical condition.
2                                                                   AFI31-202_USAFE 14 JUNE 2006 (Added) MWDs should be used every day their assigned handlers are working. Make an entry on
the reverse of AF Form 321, Military Working Dog Training and Utilization Record, or AF Form 323,
Military Working Dog Training and Utilization Record for Drug/Explosive Detector Dogs, explaining
periods of non-use. Use a separate sheet of paper as a continuation sheet for the AF Form 323. AF Form
321 is not required for small breed detector dogs. (Added) Route AF Form 324, Military Working Dog Program Status Report, through HQ
USAFE/A7SOS, to arrive no later than 10 January and 10 July each year or whenever there is a change to
the MWD data, i.e. deployment category, handler status, certification, MWD losses/gains, Kennel Man-
ager (KM)/Trainer change, etc. Units will also provide the deployment status of each MWD (unre-
stricted, limited, non-deployable) as determined by the kennel master and servicing veterinarian.
2.6.3. Do not leave dogs unattended in vehicles. Exceptions: If the mission requires it and there is no
other alternative or if directed by competent authority (Flight Chief, Flight Leader, etc.). In these situa-
tions, the dog must be left in a marked MWD vehicle. Additionally, the handler must set the parking
brake, leave the engine running, set the thermostat for the appropriate climate and ensure the fan is on
high, secure the vehicle, and have a means (spare key) to immediately access the vehicle if the dog should
become distressed.
2.6.7. Ensure crates used for shipping purposes are in accordance with local customs procedures for
transport. Coordinate with the customs section of all countries the MWD will transit.
2.6.8. Handlers are also required to escort and take care of MWDs moved on commercial aircraft. The
United Kingdom has implemented a system that lifts its automatic 6-month quarantine, provided pre-con-
ditions are met. The system is called PETS (not an acronym). Prior to transporting MWDs to the United
Kingdom, contact the PETS help-line at 0181-330-6835 to ensure all conditions have been met.
3.3.1. (Added) The “one-handler, one-dog” rule is the norm when assigning and matching dog teams;
however, there are exceptions to this rule. When a handler is on temporary duty (TDY) or on leave, it is
the kennel master’s responsibility to ensure the dog is regularly exercised and groomed and that profi-
ciency training is conducted. Also, during an emergency situation (bomb threat, etc.), the kennel master
or trainer may utilize another handler’s dog. The decision to do so rests on the kennel master/trainer’s
experience, knowledge of the dog and of the situation, and tempered with sound judgment. Also, during
personnel shortages, a qualified handler may work more than one dog.
4.1.1. Annotate temporary waivers for the obstacle course on the AF Form 321. Annotate permanent
waivers in the medical records.
4.2.1. Forward request to train and certify dogs to HQ USAFE/A7SOS.
4.2.2. Forward certification letter to HQ USAFE/A7SOS.
5.2. Explosive Training Air Acquisition, Turn-In and Storage. Headquarters Air Force Security
Forces Center (HQ AFSFC) approves all requests to train with odors or substances other than those in the
Canine Explosives Scent Kit.
6.2.2. Coordinate requests with HQ USAFE/A7SOS. (Added) Do not use DEA Form 222, U.S. Official Order Form Schedules I + II. Post a copy of
the primary and alternate custodian appointment letter, as well as the letter authorizing personnel to pos-
sess narcotic training aids.
6.5. Drug Training Aid Weight Checks. The alternate drug custodian may also weigh training aids.
AFI31-202_USAFE 14 JUNE 2006                                                                               3

6.5.2. Forward final report to HQ USAFE/A7SOS.
6.7.6. (Added) Do not transport drug-training aids across international borders.
6.11. (Added) Training with Additional Substances. Coordinate request packages through the Security
Forces Division (HQ USAFE/A7S). Each package must include specific documentation supporting the
need for the additional substance (Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Threat Analysis, etc.). If
approved, all requirements of this chapter apply, including procurement of the new substance from the
Naval Criminal Investigative Service Regional Forensic Laboratory.
7.1.5. (Added) The use of electronic training collars (shock collars) is prohibited. This equipment, in any
form, will not be used on any military working dog for any reason.
8.4. Air Base Defense and Contingency Operations. For further information on the use of MWDs in
Air Base Defense operations, refer to AFMAN 31-219, USAF Military Working Dog (MWD) Program.
8.8.4. Never use Explosive Detector Dog teams to confirm or clear suspicious objects or packages. If an
item is suspicious, initiate installation specific measures. Only Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) per-
sonnel are trained, equipped, and certified to render and declare an object safe. Do not re-enter the area with the dog for the purpose of pinpointing or to further investigate an
object. EOD must determine if the package or object is safe. (Added) Provide procedures for obtaining non-duty hour medical care in kennel support
instructions. For unmanned kennel facilities, ensure written procedures are available to the desk sergeant
or on-call handler. (Added) Upon death or euthanasia of a MWD, send copies of DD Form 1743, Military Dog
Death Certificate, and DD Form 1834, Military Working Dog Service Record, to Status Control (341TRS/
TTLM), 1239 Knight St, Lackland AFB TX 78236-5631. Forward an information copy of the DD Form
1743 to HQ USAFE/A7SOS.
10.2. Detector Dog Operations. Pursuant to Section 372 of Title 10 United States Code (USC), Use of
Military Equipment and Facilities, the Secretary of Defense may make available equipment at any fed-
eral, state, or local Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) for law enforcement purposes. Upon request, a
MWD (viewed by the Department of Defense as a piece of equipment) may be loaned to law enforcement
officials. If a MWD is loaned to a LEA, its military handler must be provided to work the MWD as they
always work as a team.
10.2.2. Team rotations for extended support are done on a “fair-share” basis. (Added) When tasked to support the Secret Service or Department of State, the tasked unit will
contact the agent in charge with the team’s travel itinerary, passport information, and other pertinent data.
An international driver’s license is recommended when tasked with Secret Service or Department of State
support. Complete MWD Tasking Database as soon as possible after tasking notification and forward to
MWD Program Manager (HQ USAFE/A7SOS) via e-mail. The database will be used to complete TDY
orders. Notify home-base kennel master upon arrival at TDY location. Provide emergency contact
10.2.12. Funding for State Department support is not directly accessible. Ensure handler possesses a
government credit card with a sufficient line of credit to secure hotel room and rental vehicle.
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10.2.15. (Added) After-action reports are only required when significant events occur during the mission.
Handlers can submit optional reports to recognize positive or negative aspects of the mission.
10.4. (Added) Forms Adopted. DEA Form 222, U.S. Official Order Form Schedules I + II, DD Form
1734, Death Certificate of Military Dog, and DD Form 1834, Military Working Dog Service Record.
AFI31-202_USAFE 14 JUNE 2006                                                             5

                                           Attachment 1


Title 10 USC, Use of Military Equipment and Facilities
AFMAN 31-219, USAF Military Working Dog (MWD) Program
AFI 37-123, Management of Records

Abbreviations and Acronyms
EOD—Explosive Ordnance Disposal
LEA—Law Enforcement Agency
PETS—United Kingdom Dog Quarantine System (not an acronym)
USAFE—United States Air Forces in Europe

                                             DANNY K. GARDNER, Brigadier General, USAF
                                             Director Mission Support

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