NEWS | June 6, 2012

628th SFS remembers one of their own

By Airman 1st Class Ashlee Galloway Joint Base Charleston Pulic Affairs

A military working dog was laid to rest during a Memorial Service June 6, 2012 at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Theater.

Waldo, an 11-year old German shepherd and military working dog assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron, recently died from an illness.

"The service today was nice, but it is always hard to put your best friend to rest, and Waldo was my best friend," said Staff Sgt. Brandon Edwards, 628th SFS military working dog handler. "Waldo always had a laid back attitude about him and loved to have fun, I really think he would have enjoyed this."

During his career, Waldo completed more than 2, 300 hours of searches and 425 hours of detection training. He also conducted more than 225 demonstrations for the local community and annually visited schools during Red Ribbon Week to raise drug-prevention awareness. Waldo also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom twice.

After the ceremony, Waldo's cremated remains were laid to rest near the 628th SFS dog kennels. He will never be forgotten.

Waldo arrived at JB Charleston in May 2003. After he completed training to become a fully certified drug detector/patrol dog, at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, he then arrived to Charleston, S.C.