SAN ANTONIO -

A national monument for military working dog teams was unveiled Monday afternoon at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base.   

The monument features four breeds that have been used most by U.S. troops:  a malinois, a Doberman pinscher, a German shepherd, and a Labrador retriever, and a 9-foot statue of a handler in uniform.

The monument was unveiled Monday afternoon in front of 500 people. They ranged from civilians, military, and retired military.

Military dogs are taught a variety of commands to serve and protect our country. 

For folks like Bart Sherwood and his dog, Colonel, it means a lot. 

"They're alert dogs that (are) also protecting everyone around them," said Sherwood with the Train a Dog/Save a Warrior program.

Sherwood is so happy military dogs are finally being recognized.

“They can smell the enemy. They know harm coming to them and it's teaching their handler to be proactive in responding to what they sense," said Sherwood.

The $2 million monument is at Lackland because it is the world's largest training center for military and security canines and their handlers.

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