by Pam Zubeck
UPDATE: We wanted to share some photos of the Air Force Academy's dogs mentioned in this story.
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After nine years of being a good and faithful servant, Aghbar, the German shepherd working dog at the Air Force Academy, will be memorialized at 3 p.m Friday at the academy.
Aghbar was the first working dog assigned to the academy and came on board in 2002 from his training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
Friday's ceremony also will pay tribune to Odys, another military working dog, on his retirement.
His (Aghbar's) main job was the security and safety of all military and civilian employees, including cadets.
Aghbar served thousands of hours on walking patrols during his lifespan. He also deployed overseas and performed numerous Secret Service dignitary missions. He won many awards at various police dog competitions around the country, and was USAFA’s most decorated military working dog.
Aghbar retired in March 2011 and was put down on May 17 for medical reasons. He was 11 years old.
Odys, a Belgian malinois, was assigned to the Academy in August 2003, arriving from his initial technical training at Lackland AFB. He served as an explosive detection dog during his tenure here.
Odys retired in June this year for medical reasons, and will be adopted by a family living in Monument, Colo.
The Security Forces Squadron currently has seven military working dogs serving a variety of duties, including explosives and narcotics detection, psychological deterrent and public relations.In addition to German shepherds and Belgian malinois, their breeds include Dutch shepherds and German short haired pointers.
The academy has promised some photos of Aghbar, which we will post when we get them, so check back.