Time to rest those paws

Staff Sgt. George De-Hoyos, 36th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, accepts a United States Flag on behalf of Bbruiser, 36th SFS MWD, during Bbruiser’s retirement ceremony on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Nov. 22, 2019. Bbruiser served faithfully for 11 years as a narcotics detection dog and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and was coined by the 36th SFS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael S. Murphy)
Staff Sgt. George De-Hoyos, 36th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, accepts a United States Flag on behalf of Bbruiser, 36th SFS MWD, during Bbruiser’s retirement ceremony on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Nov. 22, 2019. Bbruiser served faithfully for 11 years as a narcotics detection dog and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and was coined by the 36th SFS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael S. Murphy)

Time to rest those paws

by Airman 1st Class Michael Murphy
Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

With thankful yet heavy hearts, the 36th Security Forces Squadron hosted a retirement ceremony for Bbruiser, 36th SFS Military Working Dog, on Nov. 11, 2019 at the Andersen Air Force Base theater.

Bbruiser is retiring after serving 11 years in the United States Air Force as a narcotic detection dog.

Staff Sgt. Brandon Otoole, 36th SFS MWD handler, released Bbruiser to Bbruiser’s former handler, Staff Sgt. George De-Hoyos, 36th SFS MWD handler.

Bbruiser was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, along with a coin from the 36th SFS.

Otoole says that Bbruiser's best trait was his friendly spirit. If Bbruiser saw someone that he knew or recognized, he was known for approaching them and making them pet him, even if they didn’t want to.

Bbruiser was raised in the Lackland Puppy Program, which is why he carries two b’s in his name.

Military working dogs normally retire after 10 years of service, and often are used in bolstering the safety and security of the base and work in both home station and deployed environments. MWD’s are capable of operating in any location, even the most austere environments the U.S. Air Force operates in.

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