So– our unit takes its first casualty. It would be common for an event to be used as “bait”– a fight, a bombing, whatever– to draw Allied forces into an area… then, a follow-on attack would be used to create casualties when people thought the event was “over”. In this case, the locals that were coerced into helping Al-Qaeda in Iraq brought US forces to the fight, and didn’t fight very hard or for very long before surrendering. The members of 1st Platoon moved in and were initially doing things correctly, spreading the prisoners out and segregating them, searching them for weapons, etc, but before they could get to every guy, the actual hard-core devoted fighter in the group detonated his vest “off-screen”. Captain Wronick was killed by shrapnel from the vest, and Staff-Sergeant Purdue was wounded. The sniff dog, Butter, received light wounds and unintentionally served to shield his handler, Specialist Wendy Two-Feathers.
I don’t know if an asset like an explosive sniffing dog would actually be used to check freshly-captured prisoners for explosives, but I decided the 220th Military Police were the closest quick-reaction force, so they brought their dog with them since you’d bring all assets if called.
There is a way to give a dog mouth-to-mouth, but it is actually mouth-to-nose. I took a Canine First Aid course from the American Red Cross a year and a half ago; it was very instructive.
The other Military Policeman is calling in a “9-Line Medevac”, or a pre-formatted 9-point index card that has all the codes needed to call in a medical helicopter to evacuate wounded personnel. There are alpha-numeric codes for calling in how many casualties there are, whether they need stretchers or can walk on their own, and if they are US military, or civilian, or allied solider, prisoners, etc. But there’s no code for a canine casualty, so he’s a bit stumped as to what to tell the Medevac (medical evacuation) pilots. And since Military Working Dogs are assigned ranks, he resorts to pulling Butter’s rank to get the helicopter to pick him up. In reality, I believe a US Military Working Dog would be called in under the same code as any wounded US Military personnel.
And why put the medical evacuation in code? In case the enemy has found a way to listen in, and they want to know if it would be easy to come in and try to finish you off, or set an ambush for the medical helicopter.