Summer — Military
My canine partner’s name is Summer, a 7-year-old female Labrador and is considered a War Dog. She was deployed with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in March 2012. While deployed, she conducted routine patrols, searching and finding numerous weapon caches and IEDs, route clearing and was involved in several fire fights. In 2014, Summer and I became a TSA K9 team for the Amtrak Police Department, Washington DC. Since partnering up, Summer and I are responsible for the safety and security of Amtrak passengers, personnel and infrastructure. Daily, we conduct tactical train rides from Washington DC to New York City, perform sweeps and protection for VIP’s and foreign dignitaries, provide mutual aid with surrounding police departments during bomb threats and VIP arrivals as well as provided K9 sweeps for the 58th Presidential Inauguration Candlelight Dinner and Ball held at Union Station, Washington DC. We also provided coverage and security for Pope Francis’ visit to Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City in 2015 due to his itinerary being near the railroad.
Summer wears her Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Ribbon on her vest while on duty, proudly showing she participated and served with the United States Military. Together, we play a vital role in the war against terrorism every time I attach her leash and put on her vest. Thank you for your consideration for this prestigious award!