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JB MDL members honor military working dogs at memorial service

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alec Ducsay and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Sison, 87th Security Forces military working dog handlers, enter the McGuire Chapel on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, carrying the remains of their military working dogs, Nov. 1, 2019. A memorial service was held for MWD Robby and MWD Bagira, who both served to protect Joint Base MDL as patrol explosive detector dogs.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alec Ducsay and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Sison, 87th Security Forces military working dog handlers, enter the McGuire Chapel on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, carrying the remains of their military working dogs, Nov. 1, 2019. A memorial service was held for MWD Robby and MWD Bagira, who both served to protect Joint Base MDL as patrol explosive detector dogs.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alec Ducsay, 87th Security Forces military working dog handler, exits the McGuire Chapel as a final salute is rendered in honor of his MWD Robby during a memorial ceremony on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Nov. 1, 2019. Robby was born Jan. 9, 2009 and entered the Air Force on June 24, 2011. She served her country performing as a patrol explosive detector dog in Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alec Ducsay, 87th Security Forces military working dog handler, exits the McGuire Chapel as a final salute is rendered in honor of his MWD Robby during a memorial ceremony on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Nov. 1, 2019. Robby was born Jan. 9, 2009 and entered the Air Force on June 24, 2011. She served her country performing as a patrol explosive detector dog in Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait.

An 87th Security Forces military working dog enters the McGuire Chapel on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, during a memorial ceremony Nov. 1, 2019. The ceremony honored the memory of military working dogs Robby and Bagira, who both served the U.S. as patrol explosive detector dogs.

An 87th Security Forces military working dog enters the McGuire Chapel on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, during a memorial ceremony Nov. 1, 2019. The ceremony honored the memory of military working dogs Robby and Bagira, who both served the U.S. as patrol explosive detector dogs.

A video plays to honor Robby and Bagira, 87th Security Forces military working dogs, during a memorial ceremony at the McGuire Chapel on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Nov. 1, 2019. As a patrol explosive detector dog, Robby totaled over 50,000 hours of detection time while serving at home and abroad in Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait. Bagira was also a patrol explosive dog, totaling more than 38,000 hours of detection time serving at home and abroad in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

A video plays to honor Robby and Bagira, 87th Security Forces military working dogs, during a memorial ceremony at the McGuire Chapel on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Nov. 1, 2019. As a patrol explosive detector dog, Robby totaled over 50,000 hours of detection time while serving at home and abroad in Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait. Bagira was also a patrol explosive dog, totaling more than 38,000 hours of detection time serving at home and abroad in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --

Security Forces members across the joint base gathered at the McGuire Chapel on Nov. 1 to honor two military working dogs during a memorial service.

Patrol explosive detector dogs Robby and Bagira both served more than 88,000 combined hours of detection time while serving at Joint Base MDL and abroad to countries such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

"It is an honor to see so many personnel here this morning as well as honor the life and service of these two patriots," said Lt. Col. Patrick Bass, 87th Security Forces Squadron commander. We lost a member of our family, and losing a member of your family is never easy, but we will always remember them."

Both dogs shared the same birthday but were born a year apart, with Bagira born on Jan. 9, 2008, and Robby a year later. Bagira arrived at Joint Base MDL on April 14, 2010, and Robby arrived at on April 4, 2012.

"I've never experienced a bond like this before," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Alec Ducsay, an 87th SFS military working dog handler and also Robby's handler. "I'll always remember sweet little Robby."

Both dogs passed away due to terminal illness. Robby dedicated over 10,000 training hours, searched over 21,000 items totaling more than 50,000 hours of detection time while being stationed at home and abroad in Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait. Bagira performed more than 200 demonstrations, searched over 21,000 items and served abroad in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.