It’s a dogs’ life: DM military working dog retires

Two 355th Security Forces military working dog handlers and their MWDs stand at attention during a retirement ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 28, 2022. This retirement ceremony represents the end of a 10 year career for MWD (ret.) Ootter W142. The MWD program was designed to assist security forces in defending an installation as well as detecting bombs and drugs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class William Turnbull)
A framed photo showing the career of U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (ret.) Ootter W142 sits on display during Ootter’s retirement ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 27, 2022. This retirement ceremony represents the end of a 10 year career for MWD (ret.) Ootter W142. Around 13 percent of MWDs are born and bred into the U.S. military through the Department of Defense MWD “Puppy Program”, which are raised and trained at the 341st Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class William Turnbull)
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (ret.) Ootter W142 and members of the 355th Security Forces Squadron stnad during the departure of the official party during a retirement ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 27, 2022. This retirement ceremony represents the end of a 10 year career for MWD (ret.) Ootter W142. Around 13 percent of MWDs are born and bred into the U.S. military through the Department of Defense MWD “Puppy Program”, which are raised and trained at the 341st Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class William Turnbull)
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (ret.) Ootter W142’s new owners receive a flag for Ootters dedicated service to the United States at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 27, 2022. This retirement ceremony represents the end of a 10 year career for MWD (ret.) Ootter W142. Around 13 percent of MWDs are born and bred into the U.S. military through the Department of Defense MWD “Puppy Program”, which are raised and trained at the 341st Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class William Turnbull)
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (ret.) Ootter W142 has her police collar removed and replaced with a regular dog collar signifying that she is no longer an active MWD at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 27, 2022. This retirement ceremony represents the end of a 10 year career for MWD (ret.) Ootter W142. The MWD program was designed to assist security forces in defending an installation as well as detecting bombs and drugs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class William Turnbull)
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (ret.) Ootter W142 recieves an award during her retirement ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 27, 2022. This retirement ceremony represents the end of a 10 year career for MWD (ret.) Ootter W142. The MWD program was designed to assist security forces in defending an installation as well as detecting bombs and drugs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class William Turnbull)
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (ret.) Ootter W124, 355th Security Forces Squadron MWD, sits during her retirement ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 27, 2022. This retirement ceremony represents the end of a 10 year career for MWD (ret.) Ootter W142. The MWD program was designed to assist security forces in defending an installation as well as detecting bombs and drugs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class William Turnbull)

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