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Military working dog honored in memorial service

The ashes and a photograph of 319th Security Forces military working dog “Dex” is displayed during his memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Dex worked as a narcotic detector dog with 10 handlers throughout his six years on Grand Forks AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

The ashes and a photograph of 319th Security Forces military working dog “Dex” is displayed during his memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Dex worked as a narcotic detector dog with 10 handlers throughout his six years on Grand Forks AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Hannah Galvin, 319th Reconnaissance Wing honor guardsman, stands ready Dec. 20, 2019, prior to a military working dog ceremony on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The ceremony was held in memory of MWD “Dex,” who worked with the 319th Security Forces Squadron for five years as a narcotic detector dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Hannah Galvin, 319th Reconnaissance Wing honor guardsman, stands ready Dec. 20, 2019, prior to a military working dog ceremony on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The ceremony was held in memory of MWD “Dex,” who worked with the 319th Security Forces Squadron for five years as a narcotic detector dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Cody Nguyen-Gorter, 319th Reconnaissance Wing honor guardsman, presents the colors during a memorial ceremony Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The ceremony was attended by members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron in memory of one of their military working dogs, “Dex.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Cody Nguyen-Gorter, 319th Reconnaissance Wing honor guardsman, presents the colors during a memorial ceremony Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The ceremony was attended by members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron in memory of one of their military working dogs, “Dex.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Sean King, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, left, speaks during a memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The memorial service honored the life of King’s partner, military working dog, “Dex.”  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Sean King, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, left, speaks during a memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The memorial service honored the life of King’s partner, military working dog, “Dex.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron bow their heads during a memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The service honored the life of 319th Security Forces military working dog, “Dex.” Dex worked as a narcotic detector dog for five years on Grand Forks AFB, alongside local law enforcement, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron bow their heads during a memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The service honored the life of 319th Security Forces military working dog, “Dex.” Dex worked as a narcotic detector dog for five years on Grand Forks AFB, alongside local law enforcement, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron stand at attention during the presentation of colors Dec. 20, 2019, during a memorial ceremony on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The ceremony was held in memory of military working dog “Dex,” who served as a narcotic detector dog with his most recent handler, Staff Sgt. Sean King, 319th Security Forces Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron stand at attention during the presentation of colors Dec. 20, 2019, during a memorial ceremony on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The ceremony was held in memory of military working dog “Dex,” who served as a narcotic detector dog with his most recent handler, Staff Sgt. Sean King, 319th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Leaders with the 319th Reconnaissance Squadron participate in a moment of silence during a memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron were also in attendance to honor the life of one of their military working dogs, “Dex,” who served alongside his handler, Staff Sgt. Sean King. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Leaders with the 319th Reconnaissance Squadron participate in a moment of silence during a memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Members of the 319th Security Forces Squadron were also in attendance to honor the life of one of their military working dogs, “Dex,” who served alongside his handler, Staff Sgt. Sean King. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Sean King, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, left, squeezes a U.S. flag to his chest during a memorial service for his partner, “Dex,” Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. King was Dex’s most recent handler, previously working alongside nine other defenders throughout his career as a narcotic detector dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Sean King, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, left, squeezes a U.S. flag to his chest during a memorial service for his partner, “Dex,” Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. King was Dex’s most recent handler, previously working alongside nine other defenders throughout his career as a narcotic detector dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Military working dogs with the 319th Security Forces Squadron stand with Col. Heather Cook, 319th Mission Support Group commander, center left, following a military working dog memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The 319 SFS honored the life of “Dex,” a narcotic detector dog who served for five years on Grand Forks AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Military working dogs with the 319th Security Forces Squadron stand with Col. Heather Cook, 319th Mission Support Group commander, center left, following a military working dog memorial service Dec. 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The 319 SFS honored the life of “Dex,” a narcotic detector dog who served for five years on Grand Forks AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

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