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MWD Ronni retires

Maj. John-Paul Adrian, 4th Security Forces Squadron commander, left, and Tech. Sgt. Sergio Hernandez, 4th SFS kennel master, present Military Working Dog Ronni P835 with a 4th SFS MWD medal during Ronni’s retirement ceremony on June 11, 2019 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Maj. John-Paul Adrian, 4th Security Forces Squadron commander, left, and Tech. Sgt. Sergio Hernandez, 4th SFS kennel master, present Military Working Dog Ronni P835 with a 4th SFS MWD medal during Ronni’s retirement ceremony on June 11, 2019 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Ronni served nine years as a patrol explosive detective dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Tech. Sgt. Sergio Hernandez, 4th SFS kennel master, presents Military Working Dog Ronni P835 with a ceremonial bone during MWD Ronni’s retirement ceremony on June 11, 2019 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Tech. Sgt. Sergio Hernandez, 4th SFS kennel master, presents Military Working Dog Ronni P835 with a ceremonial bone during MWD Ronni’s retirement ceremony on June 11, 2019 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The ceremonial bone signifies Ronni’s transition from a fully certified MWD to a retired Airman and man’s best friend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Military Working Dog Ronni P835, 4th Security Forces Squadron, wears his newly presented 4th SFS MWD Medal during his retirement ceremony, June 11, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Military Working Dog Ronni P835, 4th Security Forces Squadron, wears his newly presented 4th SFS MWD Medal during his retirement ceremony, June 11, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Ronni deployed twice in his career and participated in more than 40 Secret Service missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Armstrong, 4th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, watches MWD Ronni P835’s retirement ceremony via video chat, June 11, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Armstrong, 4th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, watches MWD Ronni P835’s retirement ceremony via video chat, June 11, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Armstrong, MWD Ronni’s former dog handler, plans to take care of him during retirement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

Military Working Dogs provide additional base security through narcotics and explosive detection.

MWD Ronni P835, 4th Security Forces Squadron, retired during a ceremony, June 11, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base after nine years of service.

Ronni arrived to Seymour in July of 2011, since then he has deployed twice, had four different handlers and participated in more than 40 Secret Service missions.

The retirement ceremony included a “final ride” for Ronni, the presentation of the 4th SFS MWD medal and a ceremonial “last bite” on a bite suit.

Maj. John Paul Adrian, 4th SFS commander, spoke during the retirement

ceremony, stating Ronni still had his full tail and both of his eyes when they first met.

“MWD Ronni’s tail was removed after an accident involving another MWD,” said Tech. Sgt. Sergio Hernandez, 4th SFS kennel master.

Additionally, Ronni’s eye was surgically removed due to pain it was causing him.

“Although Ronni has only one eye and no tail, he remains in high spirits,” said Senior Airman Maegan Priestley, 4th SFS MWD handler.

“He’s a big goofball. He doesn’t act his age,” added Priestley.

Attendees had the opportunity to both pet and give dog treats to recently retired Ronni.

Retirement plans for Ronni include living with his previous handler, SSgt Nicholas Armstrong, 4th SFS MWD handler, who stated “He’s going to have a good life. He

put in nine years of his life, I’m going to try and make the rest of them the best they can be.”

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