JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The military working dog that conducted thousands of safety searches is scheduled to be laid to rest at Joint Base Charleston.
Air Force spokeswoman 2nd Lt. Leah Davis says Wednesday's ceremony is to honor the 11-year-old German shepherd Waldo, who died after a short illness.
Waldo was assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron and served most of his career at the Charleston base. He was deployed twice to Afghanistan. Over his career, Waldo conducted 2,304 hours of searches and completed 425 hours of detection training, leading to safer communities.
After a ceremony, the Patriot Guard will lead a procession to the Military Working Dog cemetery on the base, where Waldo's remains will be interred. Waldo will receive full military honors, including a 21-gun salute.