MacDill dog retires
Military working dog Eddie set to retireMACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - One of MacDill's most recognized heroes inthe Tampa Bay community Eddie, a military working dog assigned to the 6thSecurity Forces Squadron, will be retired with full ceremonial honors onApril 11, 2014. With more than five years of service at MacDill AFB, Eddie has deployed onceand conducted 15 secret service missions. Most significantly, Eddie's role in Operation Enduring Freedom resulted inhim locating two improvised explosive devices containing 10 pounds ofhomemade explosives which saved the lives of his 13 member patrol unitcomprised of U.S. allied forces. After his retirement Eddie will be reunited with his first handler, AndrewGrymes. Media interested in covering the event must emailHYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]" [email protected] by noon April 10, 2014 with the full name ofthe individuals who will represent the outlet, Driver's License Number andState of Issue. For any questions, call the Public Affairs office at (813)828-2215. Late submissions will not be considered for access to theinstallation.The meeting time will be 8:15 a.m. April 11, at the Visitor Reception Centerparking lot.
Eddie, a military working dog assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron, retired with full ceremonial honors Friday morning. With more than five years of service at MacDill AFB, Eddie has been deployed once and conducted 15 secret service missions. CLIFF MCBRIDE/STAFF
Eddie located two improvised explosive devices during his role in Operation Enduring Freedom. CLIFF MCBRIDE/STAFF
Eddie enjoys cake at the end of the ceremony. After his retirement, Eddie will be reunited with his first handler, Andrew Grymes. CLIFF MCBRIDE/STAFF