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Air Force retires military dog wounded in Afghanistan

WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — It’s always a big deal when a Purple Heart recipient retires from active duty.

There are speeches and spectators and maybe even a certificate.

But at a retirement ceremony Friday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the guest of honor was simply happy with his chew toy.

Charlie, a hard-working German shepherd, is finally getting to relax after 10 years of sniffing out trouble as an explosives detection dog for the military. He’s heading home with his handler, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Seekell.


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