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Former military trainer, retired dog reunited in San Antonio

Former Marine Aaron Stice is reunited with Kkeaton, his canine partner when he was a police officer patrolling Camp Pendleton, Calif., in San Antonio, Texas, on April 5, 2019. The dog, trained to sniff explosives and to bite on command, was medically retired recently. They had been apart for seven months.

BILLY CALZADA, THE SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS/AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 15, 2019

SAN ANTONIO — A former military dog trainer and his now-retired canine partner have been reunited in an emotional encounter in Texas.

Aaron Stice was a corporal in the Marines when he last saw the Belgian Malinois named Kkeaton in October at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Stice is now a civilian trainer at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and wanted to adopt the explosive-detecting dog that he’d worked with for several years. The nonprofit group American Humane made Tuesday’s reunion possible in San Antonio.

Kkeaton’s name has special meaning. Stice served in Afghanistan with Cpl. Keaton Coffey of Oregon, who was killed May 24, 2012. The dog was born days later in a breeding program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and was named for the late Marine.

Former Marine Aaron Stice is reunited with Kkeaton, his canine partner when he was a police officer patrolling Camp Pendleton, Calif., in San Antonio, Texas, on April 5, 2019. The dog, trained to sniff explosives and to bite on command, was medically retired recently. They had been apart for seven months.
BILLY CALZADA, THE SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS/AP

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