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A dog may be man’s best friend, but he is also their most loyal protector, and on Thursday, the military had a ceremony to celebrate one of their own.
Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 9:42 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A dog may be man’s best friend, but he is also their most loyal protector, and on Thursday, the military had a ceremony to celebrate one of their own.

Retirement is a time-honored tradition within the military, which extends to their military working dog unit and a canine named Lord.

Military members gather at F.E. Warren’s theater to honor this special dog.

” Every single time we get to retire a military service dog, it is a special event. We treat them because they are service members, just like we are. We treat them with the same dignity and respect that we do our own service members and that includes that retirement ceremony,” said Maj. Keil Luber, Commander-90th Security Forces Squadron.

This military working dog has pledged 75 percent of his life or 9 years to the air force. Upholding his patriotic duty of protecting our freedoms and keeping service members and the public safe.

“Lord has served his country faithfully. We’re going to give him a very happy retirement, with lots of treats and lots of belly rubs. And make up for all those years of hard living that he’s had as a military member,” said Bill Barrington, Director of Logistics, 20th Air Force.

Specializing in bomb detection and surveillance, Lord has worked on several secret service missions within the U.S. and protected the President and Vice President of the United States.

This canine was finally able to put up his leash and wave a paw goodbye, to his fellow dogs and military members, in a retirement ceremony to honor his service.

“He’s now officially retired. He will be able to enjoy nice juicy steaks. Lots of attention and the couch of life,” said Security Sergent Trey Perkins, Teacher and Supervisor of the Security Canine Forces.

His new family joined him as he set off into his well-earned retirement sunset.

“We’re so proud to be his forever family. Our military working dogs are such a critical component to our mission. The entire team of defenders who help handle the dogs and the dogs themselves they perform a critical mission for our nation. We’re so proud to have somebody like lord as part of our family now,” said Col. Cathy Barrington, Commander 90th Missile Wing.

Today’s ceremony shows that dogs continue to be man’s best friend, not only in the military and the workforce but in life.

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