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2 MWDs retire and find homes with their handlers

A K-9 Unit dog collar sirs on display during a retirement ceremony for Densy and Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy and Ares served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A K-9 Unit dog collar sirs on display during a retirement ceremony for Densy and Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy and Ares served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Maj. Devin Sproston, 81st Security Forces Squadron commander, presents a retirement certificate to Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st SFS charlie flight flight chief, on behalf of Densy, 81st SFS military working dog, during Densy’s retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Martin adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Maj. Devin Sproston, 81st Security Forces Squadron commander, presents a retirement certificate to Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st SFS charlie flight flight chief, on behalf of Densy, 81st SFS military working dog, during Densy’s retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Martin adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Maj. Devin Sproston, 81st Security Forces Squadron commander, presents a retirement certificate to Staff Sgt. Jordan Leiter, 81st SFS military working dog handler, on behalf of Ares, 81st SFS military working dog, during Ares’s retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He served more than eight years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Leiter adopted Ares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Maj. Devin Sproston, 81st Security Forces Squadron commander, presents a retirement certificate to Staff Sgt. Jordan Leiter, 81st SFS military working dog handler, on behalf of Ares, 81st SFS military working dog, during Ares’s retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He served more than eight years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Leiter adopted Ares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A shadowbox for Densy, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, sits on display during his retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. She served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st SFS charlie flight flight chief, adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A shadowbox for Densy, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, sits on display during his retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. She served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st SFS charlie flight flight chief, adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A shadowbox for Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, sits on display during his retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He served more than eight years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Staff Sgt. Jordan Leiter, 81st SFS military working dog handler, adopted Ares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A shadowbox for Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, sits on display during his retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He served more than eight years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Staff Sgt. Jordan Leiter, 81st SFS military working dog handler, adopted Ares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Retirement certificates and dog collars sit on display during a retirement ceremony for Densy and Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy and Ares served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Retirement certificates and dog collars sit on display during a retirement ceremony for Densy and Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy and Ares served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Densy, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, chews on a toy during his retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy served more than nine years in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Densy, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, chews on a toy during his retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy served more than nine years in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Jordan Leiter, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, escorts Ares, 81st SFS military working dog, back to their seats during Ares’ retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Ares served more than eight years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Leiter adopted Ares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Jordan Leiter, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, escorts Ares, 81st SFS military working dog, back to their seats during Ares’ retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Ares served more than eight years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Leiter adopted Ares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks to Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st Security Forces Squadron charlie flight flight chief, and Densy, 81st SFS military working dog, during Densy’s retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Martin adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks to Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st Security Forces Squadron charlie flight flight chief, and Densy, 81st SFS military working dog, during Densy’s retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Densy served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Martin adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron drink a toast from dog food bowls to Densy and Ares, 81st SFS military working dogs, during their retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. They served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron drink a toast from dog food bowls to Densy and Ares, 81st SFS military working dogs, during their retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. They served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Densy and Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, bite onto bite sleeves, worn by Staff Sgt. William Herron, 81st SFS military working dog handler, during their retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. They served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Densy and Ares, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, bite onto bite sleeves, worn by Staff Sgt. William Herron, 81st SFS military working dog handler, during their retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. They served more than 17 years combined in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Densy, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, walks with a bite sleeve in her mouth during her retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. She served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st SFS charlie flight flight chief, adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Densy, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, walks with a bite sleeve in her mouth during her retirement ceremony at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. She served more than nine years in the Air Force. After serving together for two years, to include one deployment, Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st SFS charlie flight flight chief, adopted Densy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The 81st Security Forces Squadron held a retirement ceremony for Densy and Ares, two military working dogs, at the Keesler Medical Center Don Wylie Auditorium Dec. 2, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

Normally retirees receive a pin to commemorate their time spent in the military. This ceremony concluded in the presentation of the official retirement collars and a dog bowl toast from the dog handlers to their wingmen.

Densy, a Belgian Malinois, was accepted into military service in April 2007 and served for more than nine years. She spent the last two years, including one deployment, with her handler and now owner, Tech. Sgt. James Martin III, 81st SFS charlie flight chief.

According to Martin, Densy had helped him get through several tough situations when they were deployed and he is excited to give such a close friend a home.

“After a long career, Densy’s time working has come to an end,” said Martin. “To that we say thank you for all you have done, my family and I love you.”

Ares, a German Shepard, got into military service in September 2007 and served more than eight years. Ares spent the last two years with Staff Sgt. Jordan Leiter, 81st SFS K-9 handler, now owner, to included one deployment.  

“I'm very fortunate to have had the opportunity to take Ares on my first deployment and I was proud to have him by my side,” said Leiter. “Now that his retirement is here, bringing him home is going to be fun and exciting and hopefully we can repay Ares by being that loving family and giving him a spot on our couch.”

MWDs and their handlers work together, both on assignment at their home station and while deployed, where their jobs could have them facing life or death situations. Due to this, the bond between handler and dog must be strong.

“There are fewer relationships stronger than a MWD and their handler,” said Maj. Devin Sproston, 81st SFS commander. “Densy and Ares have served the U.S. and Keesler for nearly their whole lives. Both, at around the age of 84 dog years, will make the transition from the kennel to the couches of their wingmen.”