SSG Summer — Military
Staff Sergeant Summer is a highly decorated 8-year-old female Labrador Retriever. Summer retired from the United States Marine Corps in March 2013 after serving several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Specialized Search Dog.
Summer put her life on the line to keep the troops safe and comfort warriors on the battlefield. While deployed, she conducted a substantial amount of routine patrols, searching and positively identifying countless weapons caches and improvised explosive devices; swept and cleared routes for the troops; and was involved in limitless fire fights with insurgents. This exposure in the war zone environment and to other traumatic events led to Summer being diagnosed with canine PTSD in December 2015.
In May 2018, Staff Sergeant Summer received the Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage for demonstrating exceptional valor and service to her country. Additionally, in July 2017, she received the PDSA Commendation Award for her unparalleled devotion and enrichment brought to the lives of all who served with her.
Summer wears her Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Ribbon on her vest every day, proudly displaying that she served with the United States Armed Forces.
Currently, Staff Sergeant Summer and Sergeant Micah Jones, USAF, Ret. are a TSA K-9 team for the Amtrak Police Department at Union Station in Washington, DC.