Members of Security Forces Squadron lined up for a final salute to Rico, Retired Air Force Tech Sergeant, Jason Spangenberg’s former partner, Rico.

The dog had served as a bomb-sniffing dog for eight years before Spangenberg adopted him.

When Rico started having trouble a few months ago, Spangenberg took him to the vet. The doctors diagnosed him with a condition called degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease of the spinal cord that makes it increasingly difficult to walk.

The official ‘last call’ radio alert said, ““To all cars, posts and patrols … to all cars, posts and patrols … stand by on all radio transmissions … standby on all radio transmissions. Standby for last call: BDOC to MWD Rico … BDOC to MWD Rico … BDOC to MWD Rico … End of watch for MWD Rico on January 24th, 2018. Rest in peace, MWD Rico.”

Rico, 436th Security Force Squadron military working dog, sits with his handler, Staff Sgt. Jason Spangenberg, 436th SFS…

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Rico had won a bronze star for assisting Spangenberg in sniffing more than 100 pounds of explosive on more than 100 combat missions in Afghanistan. The two also trained more than 300 Afghan officers on explosives.

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Together, they were called heroes with their own “War Dog Memorial’ that read, “They protected and watched over us at home and on the field of battle. We are forever grateful for their undying loyalty, devotion and faithful service. They are not forgotten.”

One of the brick says, “Special thanks to Staff Sergeant Jason Spangenberg, War Dog ‘Rico.’”

USAF SSgt. Spangenberg and War Dog Rico, Bronze Star recipients; posed for the War Dog Memorial.

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