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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.— Staff Sgt. Vaughn Rivard, a dog handler, and Gina, a military working dog from the 21st Security Forces Squadron salute a fallen MWD May 14, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The Memorial display for MWD’s includes a dog kennel that has a leather leash, a chain and a food and water dish inside with the ashes of the fallen MWD on top. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew J Bertain)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.— Tech. Sgt. Joshua Fehringer, the 21st Security Forces Squadron kennel master closes the kennel door in honor of Geza, a fallen Military Working Dog May 14, 2019, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The memorial display for MWDs included a dog kennel with a leather leash, a choke chain and a food and water dish inside, with the ashes of the fallen MWD on top. The empty kennel symbolized the ultimate sacrifice of giving your life for your country, and the leash and choke chain are to remind us that the MWD is no longer bound to this world and may roam free. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew J Bertain)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.— Elezabeth Kroll, spouse of Tech Sgt. John Kroll, and now retired military working dog Nadja pose for a picture after the Kroll family officially adopted Nadja May 14, 2019, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. John was Nadja’s first handler and said he was excited to finally take her home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.— Staff Sgt. Vaughn Rivard, a dog handler, and Gina, a military working dog from the 21st Security Forces Squadron salute a fallen MWD May 14, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The Memorial display for MWD’s includes a dog kennel that has a leather leash, a chain and a food and water dish inside with the ashes of the fallen MWD on top. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew J Bertain)
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