Face of Defense: Handler Adopts Working Dog in Declining Health

With a grey-speckled snout and upright shoulders, Beci, a military working dog assigned to the 49th Security Forces Squadron here, trots across the platform.

His coat glistens, each strand of fur illuminated by the set of fluorescent lights beaming from above.

Of medium build and height, his frame is neither menacing nor fear-inducing. Nonetheless, he is striking.

Atop the stage, he appears strong, dignified and full of heart as he is recognized, not for one good deed alone, but the sum total of his life’s dutiful service.

Beci retired March 16 after nine years of faithful service to the Air Force.

In tribute to his time on station, Beci was gifted a certificate of retirement and a homemade peanut butter cake, which he promptly devoured.

Beci arrived here in 2011 to serve as a patrol certified, explosive ordnance detection dog.

Retired Life

His age, coupled with several health issues, led to a decline in Beci’s performance this past year.

“Beci has a progressive condition that is just wearing him down,” said Senior Airman Chase Feeney, a military working dog handler with the 49th Security Forces Squadron. “He has arthritis in his hips and issues with his eyesight. His hearing is also starting to go and our dogs have to be able to hear their handler’s commands. It does not hinder him from being a good dog or pet. However, it is in the best interest of the mission at large that…

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