First Sergeant Marina Izmailov, a combat soldier in the Oketz canine unit, will appear in the President’s residence to receive a citation of excellence from President Shimon Peres on Israel’s 62nd Independence Day.

IDF (Zahal) Dog Trainer to Receive Citation of Excellence

First Sergeant Marina Izmailov and her dog Case

IDF (Zahal) Dog Trainer to Receive Citation of Excellence

First Sergeant Marina Izmailov and her dog Case

First Sgt. Izmailov will appear along with her dog, Case, who is trained to find hidden explosives. Case will also go on stage to receive his citation. The Oketz (‘Sting’) unit, founded in 1939 as part of the Haganah, incorporates both male and female handlers who train and fight with their dogs and specialize in different fields including attack, pursuit and locating explosives.