Veteran military working dog makes final patrol

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Letter to the Editor

Editor:

On March 31, Military Working Dog Kevin was loaded up into a 67th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog) vehicle and, with lights and sirens, was taken for one final ride around post before saying farewell.

MWD Kevin was born Oct. 9, 2010. He began his working dog career at the K-2 Tactical Explosive Detector Dog program training facility in Derby, N.C., in December 2010. There he was certified as a TEDD and assigned to the Infantry as part of a TEDD team where he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, for a year.

Upon completion of his tour of duty as a TEDD, Kevin was procured by the U.S. Army Military Working Dog Program and was assigned to Fort Leavenworth on Feb. 19, 2014, where he was converted to a Patrol Explosive Detector Dog. Kevin entered PEDD training on May 5, 2014, and certified on Nov. 20, 2015.

MWD Kevin and his handler were assigned as a team from April 2016 to November 2019. The team served a tour from July 2017 to March 2018 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, where they provided countless force protection hours in support of the U.S. Army’s counterterrorism efforts.

MWD Kevin provided the Fort Leavenworth community with law enforcement and explosive detection support at several community events.

MWD Kevin also provided sweeps for U.S. Secret Service missions for the protection of the president and vice president of the United States and VIPs visiting Fort Leavenworth.

MWD Kevin served the unit, the installation and the Army tirelessly. He was steadfast and loyal to his handler and always completed the mission. His vigor, tenacity and presence will be greatly missed.

Capt. Angelica Gurley 67th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog)

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