Air Force to Hold Ohio Memorial for Military Dog

Mar 23, 2012

A memorial service in southwest Ohio will honor an Air Force dog that died earlier this month after a military career, which included serving in the Iraq War and helping federal authorities with more than 500 arrests.

Nisan's (NEE'-sunz) memorial service with military honors is planned Friday afternoon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he had been assigned since 2003.

The 10-year-old German Shepherd also worked with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agencies and was credited with helping track down about 20 pounds of narcotics.

A procession by a Patriot Guard motorcycle escort, a 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps" is planned.

Military working dogs typically help identify explosives and narcotics, find insurgents and provide security for troops.

A base spokesman says memorial services for military dogs are infrequent.