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Air Force lauds bomb detector dog upon retirement

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force is honoring explosives detection dog Charlie at the German shepherd’s retirement after 10 years of military service.

Fourth Fighter Wing Commander Col. Jeannie Leavitt says Charlie’s retirement celebration is scheduled for Friday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Leavitt praises Charlie for going where no service member could in order to provide a safe and secure environment during military operations.

Charlie is the recipient of a Purple Heart certificate for the shrapnel wounds he sustained during his service in Afghanistan in 2011.

The canine hero is being adopted by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Seekell, his handler with the 4th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron,

Seekell lost a leg during the 2011 incident in which Charlie was injured.

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