by Airman 1st Class Ashlee Galloway
Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
6/8/2012 - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) -- A military working dog was laid to rest during a memorial service June 6 at the Joint Base Charleston Air Base Theater here.
Waldo, an 11-year-old German shepherd and military working dog assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron, recently died from an illness.
"The service today was nice, but it is always hard to put your best friend to rest, and Waldo was my best friend," said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Edwards, a 628th SFS military working dog handler. "Waldo always had a laid back attitude about him and loved to have fun. I really think he would have enjoyed this."
Waldo arrived here in May 2003 after he completed training to become a fully certified drug detector and patrol dog at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas.
During his career, Waldo completed more than 2, 300 hours of searches and 425 hours of detection training. He also conducted more than 225 demonstrations for the local community and annually visited schools during Red Ribbon Week to raise drug awareness. Waldo also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom twice.
After the ceremony, Waldo's cremated remains were laid to rest near the 628th SFS dog kennels.