Meet Captain the Cat: An Air Force Unit's Beloved Mascot and Mouse Fighter

  • Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, poses for a photo at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. Captain is described as calm, independent and a morale booster for the Honor Guardsmen. She greets them when they return from difficult duty. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
    Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, poses for a photo at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. Captain is described as calm, independent and a morale booster for the Honor Guardsmen. She greets them when they return from difficult duty. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
  • Captain the Cat comforts an Honor Guardsman at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Video screengrab
    Captain the Cat comforts an Honor Guardsman at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Video screengrab
  • Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, smells an Honor Guardsman’s hat at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. She is Barksdale’s first Honor Guard mascot. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
    Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, smells an Honor Guardsman’s hat at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. She is Barksdale’s first Honor Guard mascot. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
  • Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, poses for her official photo at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
    Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, poses for her official photo at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
  • Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, naps in a chair at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 5, 2017. Captain goes home with the NCO-in-charge, Tech Sgt. Brandon Henry, on the weekends and stays at Hoban Hall during the week. When guardsmen return from details late at night, she is the only one there to welcome them back. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
    Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, naps in a chair at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 5, 2017. Captain goes home with the NCO-in-charge, Tech Sgt. Brandon Henry, on the weekends and stays at Hoban Hall during the week. When guardsmen return from details late at night, she is the only one there to welcome them back. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
  • Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, brushes against her toy at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. She protetcs Hoban Hall from mice and helps Honor Guard airmen cope with difficult details. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)
    Barksdale’s Honor Guard mascot, Captain the Cat, brushes against her toy at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Oct. 5, 2017. She protetcs Hoban Hall from mice and helps Honor Guard airmen cope with difficult details. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Meet Captain the cat. Captain is the mascot and official mouser of the Honor Guard at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

The gray-and-white cat was recruited from a local animal shelter for her hunting skills after rodents took up winter residence at the base's Hoban Hall.

"We found out quickly that she was good at her job," Air Force Master Sgt. Brandon Henry said in a Department of Defense video.

The friendly feline quickly joined the ranks as master mouser and emotional support animal for Barksdale Honor Guardsmen, who have the somber and stressful job of providing military funeral honors for service members and veterans who have served in the Air Force.

When airmen return from a detail late at night, Captain is there to console them.

"Captain's always there to meet and greet," Henry said.

In addition to her mice-chasing and pet-therapy duties, Captain boosts morale.

"Captain is a really good cat, and I don't even like cats," Senior Airman Trey McClain, 2nd Medical Group diagnostic imaging technician and Honor Guard Airman, said in a 2017 2nd Bomb Wing news release. "I tried to hate her, but it was impossible. She is here for everybody, and we enjoy seeing her around."

"There's something about that cat," Henry said.

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