Sandy Banthem joined the team in 2007, earned her NASAR SARTECH II that same year and then became an Operational Flanker in 2008. In 2015 she became an Operational K-9 Handler with her Air Scent dog, Sage.
Sage is a GSD who initially started her training as an 8-week old pup, stopped training after several months and then later returned at the age of 2. In 2014 Sage became NASAR Wilderness Air Scent K-9III qualified and in 2015 earned her operational status with the team. Sage has recently begun her HRD land training with the goal of passing her NASAR Wilderness HRD Land. She loves her Frisbee reward and ice cubes.