Coffee — Military

Charity Partner: SD Gunner Fund
Location: Waynesville, Missouri

My name is Coffee and from the age of two until just before my twelfth birthday I trained and served in the United States Army as a Specialized Search Dog.  In April of 2006, I was paired with my one and only partner whom I would spend the next 10 years with traveling where ever we were needed.  I started my military service in Lackland Airforce Base where both my partner and I learned to become a team and understand our responsibilities to one another.  My first duty station was Fort Eustis, Virginia where we worked rigorously to prepare for our first trip to Afghanistan in 2007.  That deployment to Afghanistan taught me that my role was bigger than just finding bombs.  Every night after working I would just sit around with all the Soldiers and let them pet me and play fetch.  I wasn’t only their guardian but I was also their friend and a reminder for many of home.  Both my partner and I spent two more tours in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 and 2013 to 2014.  I never forgot the role I played beyond finding explosives and watching out for the Soldiers who I unselfishly chose to protect.  No matter how long a mission was or how tired I may have been I always found time to enjoy play time with those who needed it.  While I have had the privilege of supporting countless secret service missions, sweeps for numerous VIP’s, and executing frequent law enforcement call outs.  The time spent with my partner and the Soldiers will always be my fondest memories

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