An official photo of military working dog Ooyvey of the 8th Security Forces Squadron is displayed at a memorial ceremony on Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
An official photo of military working dog Ooyvey of the 8th Security Forces Squadron is displayed at a memorial ceremony on Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

‘She kept us safe’: Airmen remember fallen security forces dog in South Korea

by Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing gathered Wednesday at the base theater to mark the passing of a comrade who gave eight years of service to the U.S. Air Force and to South Korea.

Ooyvey, a 9-year-old military working dog, died June 6, succumbing quickly to liver disease and surrounded at the end by her human friends, said Tech. Sgt. John Whisman, the 8th Security Forces Squadron kennel master.

“While we all fought to save her life, we never had the chance to truly say goodbye and say thank you for her selfless service to this country,” said Whisman.

Ooyvey was unlike most other working dogs, he said. Born Dec. 11, 2009, and raised as a foster puppy in San Antonio, she entered service at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on July 18, 2011.

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