Eddie, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, has earned a reputation as a hero in his short years in the military.
His tour of duty included deployment to Afghanistan, where he was credited with saving an entire platoon.
In May 2012 his platoon had completed a two hour foot patrol and had stopped to rest. When they got the command to move out, Eddie’s handler, Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, stood, but Eddie stayed.
Thinking for a moment that Eddie was getting lazy, Hutto saw that Eddie had put his nose to the dirt and nudged something. It was a copper contact plate that would detonate buried explosives just 6 inches from Hutto’s foot.
Minutes later, the dog found a second device buried nearby. Had Eddie not been there, the bombs could have wiped out the entire 13-man platoon, as well as countless people in the village, Air Force officials said.
Eddie’s service also included many security sweeps around government facilities and 15 Secret Service missions as part of security for the president and vice president.
During the retirement ceremony Eddie was polite but didn’t know what to think about all the people clapping and saluting. However when he was given a special doggie cake made from bananas and peanut butter he knew exactly what to do with it.
In retirement, he will be reunited with his first handler, Andrew Grymes, where he can spend his retirement years as a household pet, sitting on the couch, playing fetch, and sleeping in the bed.