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FORT RILEY, Kan. - Soldiers from the 630th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company hosted improvised explosive device training for Military Working Dog teams on Fort Riley.

The U.S. Army EOD technicians helped five Military Working Dog (MWD) teams from the 523rd MWD Detachment to hone their lifesaving skills.

Accompanied by their handlers, three Belgian Malinois and two German Shepherds nosed their way around the simulated battlefield, locating hidden explosive hazards.

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MaryAnn Gobbo figures she has taught more than 3,000 dogs the finer points of good behavior during her four decades with the Park Ridge Park District.

That’s a lot of Milk Bones.

Gobbo, who taught her first Park Ridge obedience class in 1974 after a decade of working with dogs in Des Plaines, retired this spring, handing her leash, so to speak, over to trainers Gloria and Bill Urquhart.

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