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Military Working Dog Candy, retired 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron canine, is given a medal by the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. Mark Hamilton, during her and MWD Chandler’s retirement ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 9, 2017. Candy was deployed six times across the Middle East and became one of the most experienced and decorated military working dogs in the Department of Defense. From playful puppy to protecting Airmen: How the Air Force raises MWD’s
Candy is a military working dog with six deployments under her collar, and on Nov. 9, she was finally able to rest her paws when she officially retired from duty.
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Ari Valdo, 27th Special Operations Security Forces military working dog, sits beside his handler before a demonstration at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 17, 2017. Known as “Ari” to those who work with him, Ari Valdo has been protecting Cannon for just over two years. According to Staff Sgt. Paul Little, 27th SOSFS dog handler, as military canines usually maintain their home base throughout their career, he’ll likely continue his adventures at Cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)  (1) Military K-9 unit: capabilities forged by respect
The military working dog is always one rank higher than its handler.
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