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Peterson Space Observer

21st SFS mourns the loss of a four-legged Airman

By Master Sgt. Derek Copeland | 21st Security Forces Squadron

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Guardians of the Night, “It is for you that I will unselfishly give my life and spend my nights unrested.”

Military Working Dog Rexo, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, assigned to the 21st Security Forces Squadron, passed away on May 4, 2020.

Often times the work of the incredible dogs goes unnoticed. They are on the clock 24/7 watching over us, willing to give their life in order to protect us. Rexo was no different; he worked to protect everyone on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and has participated in numerous presidential support details.

These working dogs are part of our family, often times we spend more time with them than we do our actual families, creating an everlasting bond that cannot be broken. These animals are truly incredible. They know no fear, no danger and to think they do it all for something very simple—a simple reward, whether it be a Kong, a ball or more importantly, praise from the handler.

Our working dogs are willing to sacrifice their lives in protection of our national security. They are no different than a service member. They serve alongside each and every one of us in every capacity.

Staff Sgt. Danny Cohen, 21st SFS MWD handler, worked with Rexo for two years.

My favorite time with him was during a trip to New York in support of the United States president,” Cohen said. “When I first started working with Rexo, he wasn’t very energetic and loved to always lay next to me during his downtime.”

However, he said that once Rexo knew it was time to find explosives or bad guys, that young puppy energy came roaring to life.

Rexo served honorably and he will also hold a special place in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

We hope you have all the Kongs and bad guys that you want to bite in your afterlife. We love you, buddy.

21st SFS mourns the loss of a four-legged Airman
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