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Military Working Dogs Retire

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Savella, military working dog (MWD) handler assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Thang Doan, commander assigned to the 18th Mission Support Group, pet MWD KitKat during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs are trained in a variety of specialties, including detection of narcotic substances and improvised explosive devices, and capturing and detaining suspects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Savella, military working dog (MWD) handler assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Thang Doan, commander assigned to the 18th Mission Support Group, pet MWD KitKat during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs are trained in a variety of specialties, including detection of narcotic substances and improvised explosive devices, and capturing and detaining suspects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force military working dog (MWD) handlers assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron stand by their MWDs during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs and their handlers must have trust and patience with one another to work together as a team and accomplish the mission safely and effectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force military working dog (MWD) handlers assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron stand by their MWDs during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs and their handlers must have trust and patience with one another to work together as a team and accomplish the mission safely and effectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force military working dog (MWD) Judi, assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, sits by her MWD handler during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Judi retired at 13 years old with 11 years of service to the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force military working dog (MWD) Judi, assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, sits by her MWD handler during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Judi retired at 13 years old with 11 years of service to the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force military working dog (MWD) handlers assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron sit by their MWDs during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs and their handlers must have trust and patience with one another to work together as a team and accomplish the mission safely and effectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force military working dog (MWD) handlers assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron sit by their MWDs during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs and their handlers must have trust and patience with one another to work together as a team and accomplish the mission safely and effectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jared Smallwood, military working dog (MWD) handler assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, attaches a leash to MWD Ayila during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs and their handlers must have trust and patience with one another to work together as a team and accomplish the mission safely and effectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jared Smallwood, military working dog (MWD) handler assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, attaches a leash to MWD Ayila during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs and their handlers must have trust and patience with one another to work together as a team and accomplish the mission safely and effectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

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