Tampa-based military dog retires with honors

Security Forces Squadron flight chief Matthew Weaver salutes Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, a military working dog trainer and Eddie, a Belgian Malinois during a ceremony at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Fla., Friday, April 11, 2014. In 2012, Eddie found two improvised explosive devices containing 10 pounds of homemade explosives in Afghanistan. It saved Hutto's life and the lives of his 13-member patrol unit. Eddie retired and received fully military honors during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
Security Forces Squadron flight chief Matthew Weaver salutes Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, a military working dog trainer and Eddie, a Belgian Malinois during a ceremony at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Fla., Friday, April 11, 2014. In 2012, Eddie found two improvised explosive devices containing 10 pounds of homemade explosives in Afghanistan. It saved Hutto's life and the lives of his 13-member patrol unit. Eddie retired and received fully military honors during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A bomb-sniffing dog credited with saving a military patrol in Afghanistan is retiring with full military honors.

Military officials say that in 2012, a Belgian Malinois named Eddie found two improvised explosive devices containing 10 pounds of homemade explosives. It saved the lives of his 13-member patrol unit, which was made up of U.S. allied forces.

The retirement ceremony was held Friday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and a few dozen soldiers turned out to cheer Eddie on.

Eddie is assigned to MacDill’s 6th Security Forces Squadron and has served for about five years. In retirement, he will be reunited with his first handler, Andrew Grymes.

 

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