Wright-Patterson AFB to celebrate National K9 Veterans Day

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – March 13 is National K9 Veterans Day, designated to observe the service and sacrifices of American military working dogs throughout history.

Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, plans to honor the commemoration by visiting the 88th Security Forces Squadron to hand out treats for the K9s here at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“The dogs play a very important role to the unit by providing explosive and narcotics detection for all of Wright-Patterson,” said Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, an 88 SFS handler. “We also provide a psychological deterrent by doing walking patrols that help prevent crime from happening on base.”

At Wright-Patterson AFB, there are six military working dogs in the kennels run by Master Sgt. William Riney, kennel master at 88 SFS.

Military Working Dog Flex looks up at his handler
Image: U.S. Air Force. Wright-Patterson AFB

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Source: U.S. Air Force