Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Injured Airman and her bomb dog now a permanent team

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A team that trained together, deployed together and was injured by a roadside bomb together will now stay together thanks to a coordinated effort by Air Force and Congressional leaders.

Tech. Sgt. Jamie Dana may now officially adopt her military working dog, Rex, after asking top Air Force leaders for permission to do so.

“This has been a team effort between both houses of Congress and I’m just glad to see that there’s a happy ending,” said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force. “Sergeant Dana is an outstanding young Airman who has sacrificed a lot for her country and allowing her to adopt Rex was the right thing to do.”

Originally, the law prohibited the adoption because Rex was still considered useful to the military. Recognizing the need to do the right thing, Congressional leadership quickly drafted legislation, clearing the road to make the adoption possible.

“We appreciate the members of the Congressional Defense Committees whose extraordinary efforts helped make this happen,” said General Moseley.

The president recently signed the legislation and Air Force leaders expedited the process to make the adoption official yesterday.

An adoption ceremony is planned for Friday at 11:30 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. For more information, contact the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs at (719) 556-4698.
(Above courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Public Affairs – Press Release No. 040106)

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