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National Museum USAF to celebrate final days of Canine Warriors Exhibit with special tribute on Jan 24

Overhead view of canine wooden sculptures.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Overhead view of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Artist James Mellick stands next to one of his dog sculptures.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Artist James Mellick poses for a photograph at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton Ohio on Nov. 7, 2019. A new travelling exhibition of wooden dog sculptures featuring eight Wounded Warrior Dogs and four Canine War Dogs will be on display through Jan. 31, 2020.

Photo of a wooden dog carving.

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of a wooden dog carving.

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of a wooden dog carving.

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of a wooden dog carving.

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of a wooden dog carving.

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of a wooden dog carving.

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of a wooden dog carving.

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of a wooden dog carving.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the Canine Warriors Exhibit on temporary display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Artist James Mellick who sculpted the dogs, designed them to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

A wooden dog sculpture of former USAF military working dog Robson L096.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- A wooden dog sculpture of former USAF military working dog Robson L096, was revealed on Nov. 7, 2019 by artist James Mellick at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This sculpture titled "Waiting to Go", depicts Robson waiting for his handler, USAF TSgt. David Simpson. TSgt. Simpson took his own life in 2017 after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio --

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will celebrate the final days of the Canine Warriors Exhibit with an event titled “A Special Tribute to Man’s Best Friend,” on Jan. 24 from 6-9 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide visitors with a chance to tour the exhibit “Canine Warriors – Courage and Sacrifice, Always Beside You;” meet the exhibit artist and master craftsman James Mellick; interact with service dogs in training from 4 Paws for Ability*; learn about the impact that canines have on the nation’s defense; and find out more information about adoption opportunities in the greater Dayton area.

Visitors are also invited to enjoy a free showing of the film “Superpower Dogs” at 6 p.m. in the Air Force Museum Theatre. Narrated by Chris Evans, the film allows you to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. (Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

In addition, an obedience demonstration by the Wright-Patterson AFB kennel handlers and their K9 partners will take place at 7 p.m. in the Carney Auditorium, followed by the personal reflections of James Mellick as he discusses how the Wounded Warrior Dogs Project evolved.

Free giveaways will be available (while supplies last) including balloon dogs, dog treats and light refreshments for humans. Note: Only service dogs will be permitted at this event.

The Museum Store will also have Canine Warrior souvenirs and other merchandise for sale including Mellick’s book “Giving Form to Honor and Sacrifice,” which he will sign.

The exhibit, which will continue to be on display through Jan. 31, was designed to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs, but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during battle by their human companions and to raise awareness about their needs.

This exhibit is brought to you in part by the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.

*Federal endorsement is not implied.
                                                                            

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year more than 800,000 visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.                                           
                                                              

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386.

 

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