The SOF K9 Memorial held it's first Memorial Day Service at the ASOM. Three additional K9 heroes were honored since the dedication in July 2013: Flex, Shadow and Jany.
We honored the handlers who were killed alongside their MPC by placing their full size flag next to their dog's flag.
- Sergeant Aaron J. Blasio and his MPC Hunter, KIA on May 29, 2011
- Master at Arms Petty Officer First Class John Douangdara and his MPC Bart, KIA on August 6, 2011
- Marine Corporal David Sonka and his MPC Flex, KIA May 4, 2013
- MPC Bohdi, was wounded when his handler Sergeant First Class Ronald "Aaron" Grider was killed on September 18, 2010. Bohdi made a full recovery and returned to the fight... a little over one year later Bohdi was KIA on January 24, 2012. We now honor them as a team for their sacrifice.
Once again, a great turn-out for the Memorial. THANK YOU for your support!
ASOM director, Paul Galloway and SGM (R) Chuck Yerry, President SOF K9 Memorial placed the Memorial wreath
A wreath was placed in honor of the fallen
Flags were placed to represent each fallen K9
A handler looks for his dog's flag
The additional pavers unveiled by SGM (R) Yerry, president and MSG Laura Miller, VP
Fayetteville Animal Protection Society president Debra Williams receiving a "Thank You" print for their support in providing the initial 59 pavers