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Bremerton-based Navy K-9 handler killed in Afghanistan

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm with 2 Comments »
May 31, 2012 5:27 pm

A Navy K-9 handler based in the Puget Sound was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced today.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Brazas, 26, was killed during a combat operation in the Panjwai District of Kandahar Province. He was assigned to the Naval Base Kitsap Security Detachment in Bremerton.

A high school friend told Brazas’ hometown TV news station in Greensboro, N.C. that the sailor had recently moved to Seattle and that he was a father. Brazas joined the Navy in 2006, Naval Base Kitsap spokesman Thomas Danaher said.

“My husband died serving his country,” his wife, Allie Brazas, said in a statement released through Naval Base Kitsap. “He loved his job.  We will all miss him and we will never forget him.  He is my hero.”

Brazas’ father told the Greensboro News-Record that the sailor was shot while trying to help a soldier get in a helicopter.

“I’m proud of him …,” father Ed Brazas told the newspaper. “Freedom is not cheap. We pay for it with the dearest blood.”

Brazas is the sixth Washington-based service member to die in Afghanistan this month. Five soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been killed in May.

Brazas’ K-9 partner, a dog named Sicario, survived the attack that killed the handler, Danaher said.

“Sorrow fills our hearts at this sad moment,” Naval Base Kitsap commander Capt. Pete Dawson said. “The news of the untimely death of Petty Officer Sean Brazas has resounded through the entire Naval Base Kitsap command.  My sincerest sympathies go forward to the entire Brazas family and friends. It is difficult indeed to find words to express our regret at the death of this splendid young man.”

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  1. So sad. What will happen to his dog? Will it still be expected to serve or will they send it home. I think it should go to his family.

  2. Adam Ashton says:

    That’s interesting. My suspicion is that will not happen because the dogs are valuable and effective tools in Afghanistan. They’ll be asked to soldier on, just like the service members who best knew Brazas. Of course I’m just speculating.

    Here’s a great book you should check out about Soldier Dogs.

    This is a world where either partner – handler or canine – can go down.

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