Kenny, Bobby, Luther, and KC are in Yuma, Arizona this week to oversee the certification of a Tactical Explosion Detector Dogs (T.E.D.D.) class. Yuma has been the home to three different US Army bases since 1850. It was in 1943 that the Army came back to Yuma after 60-year absence to open the Yuma Test Branch and served as a training facility for simulate real life conditions in Japan. After several name changes, in 1963 the final name change and redesign remained to be the Yuma Proving Ground.
T.E.D.D. soldiers spend four weeks at VLK to begin their bomb detection training and then travel to the Yuma Proving Grounds for another five weeks. At this location, these soldiers come to Yuma to train in an environment similar to what soldiers and their dogs will face in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the end of these nine weeks, the soldiers and their dogs undergo a grueling final test to determine whether or not they become certified dog handlers overseas. Did you know more than 3,000 Yuma residents are employed by the Proving Grounds in various civilian and military positions?
With VLK’s reputation on the line, Kenny and the guys scramble to make sure every soldier is ready. While they wait to hear the results of final certification, the gang decides to blow off some steam by driving ATV’s in the local sand dunes. By the end, one of the guys painfully learns that dune buggy racing can be a dangerous activity.
Can Kenny and the gang fix the problems with the T.E.D.D. soldiers before the final test? Will the T.E.D.D. soldiers pass their final certification? Tune in to Alpha Dogs: No Man Left Behind Friday at 9P to find out!