Joint Base Andrews: Military canine Lenox helps protect the President

- You think you have an important job? This dog helps protect the President of the United States!

"So when we're on the out road - Lenox has my back - I have his back," said 11th Security Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Derek Scrivener about his trusty partner, Lenox.

Lenox, an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been at Joint Base Andrews for the last ten years and with Scrivener for the last four. Watching the two work together you can feel the bond of unspoken loyalty.

Lenox is trained in the art of hand-to-mouth combat and has been taught to hold the subject he is after until friendly forces can take over.

Lenox is one of the 32 canines assigned to the Joint Base Andrews Military Working Dog Unit, part of the 11th Security Support Squadron.

One of the jobs of the canines assigned to this unit is to protect the Commander in Chief. Each time the President gets onboard Air Force One, Derek and Lenox – or another handler - has checked for explosives. The canines also provide security to the many families that live on the base.


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