On September 7, 2015 the command's Multi-Purpose Canine kennel was renamed in honor of Cpl. David Sonka.
"Sonka, a multi-purpose canine handler attached to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion. Sonka, 23, and Staff Sgt. Eric Christian, 39, were killed May 4, 2013, in Farah province, Afghanistan, in an insider attack when an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on the Marines. Sonka's working dog, Flex, was also killed in the attack, reportedly in an attempt to save the Marines."
(quote from MarineCorpsTimes )
The life-size bronze statue of a Special Operations K9 depicts an alert multi-purpose canine, just like Cpl. Sonka's K9 partner Flex, who is ready to jump into action.
|New life-size bronze statue of a Special Operations K9 graces the entrance. Photo by Glenn Beine.|
The dedication ceremony was featured in the news and media.
Article from K9 Cop Magazine:
|K-9 Cop Magazine|
Military dogs have a special place in my heart. Every statue I create depicts bravery, loyalty and spirit of these four-legged heroes. It was my honor to create this bronze statue.
|Bronze statue of a Marines Special Operations Command K9 by Lena Toritch. Photo courtesy of Combat Canines|