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Military Working Dog Tedy retires from service

Tedy, a German shepherd, stands next to his handler during the Military Working Dog's retirement ceremony.

Military Working Dog (MWD) Tedy rests next to his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Schumacher, during the MWD retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Tedy protected Eielson’s Airmen and missions during 2,300 hours of patrol and explosive operations support, and also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

Military Working Dog Tedy, a German shepherd, lays down on his bed during his retirement ceremony.

Military Working Dog (MWD) Tedy rests next to his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Schumacher, during the MWD retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Tedy protected Eielson’s Airmen and missions during 2,300 hours of patrol and explosive operations support, and also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

Tedy receives a meritorious service medal from the 354th Security Forces Squadron commander during the Military Working Dog's retirement ceremony.

Military Working Dog (MWD) Tedy rests next to his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Schumacher, during the MWD retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Tedy protected Eielson’s Airmen and missions during 2,300 hours of patrol and explosive operations support, and also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

Tedy, a German shepherd, sits next to his handler during the Military Working Dog's retirement ceremony.

Military Working Dog (MWD) Tedy rests next to his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Schumacher, during the MWD retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Tedy protected Eielson’s Airmen and missions during 2,300 hours of patrol and explosive operations support, and also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

Military Working Dog Tedy's handler speaks with the wing command chief as Tedy enjoys a steak following his retirement ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Staff Sgt. Tom Schumacher, the 354th Security Forces Squadron handler for Military Working Dog (MWD) Tedy, after the MWD retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, in the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. With a career that spanned many facets of the security forces field, Lokken understood the sacrifice Tedy made during his MWD service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

Military working dog Tedy, a German shepherd, sits on his bed during his retirement ceremony.

Military Working Dog Tedy happily sits on his bed with a cache of tennis balls after his retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Tedy protected Eielson’s Airmen and missions during 2,300 hours of patrol and explosive operations support, and also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, before retiring from service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

Certificates, a U.S. flag, and a meritorious service medal presented to Military Working Dog Tedy in honor of his retirement sit on a table.

A certificate of appreciation from the president of the United States, a certificate of retirement, a certificate of appreciation from the chief master sergeant of the Air Force, a folded U.S. flag, and a meritorious service medal with the accompanying citation for Military Working Dog Tedy sit on a table during his retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Tedy was also presented with a retirement pin, a steak and lots of tennis balls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

The family who adopted military working dog Tedy, a German shepherd, do a media interview after Tedy's retirement ceremony.

Mariah Schumacher and her husband U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Schumacher, a 354th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog (MWD) handler, sit beside MWD Tedy after his retirement ceremony Aug. 28, 2020, at the Ernie Walker Theater on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, for an interview with a local reporter. Tedy was the first Military Working Dog assigned to Schumacher, and Tedy made such an impression that the Schumacher family went through the process to adopt Tedy after he retired from service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

The 354th Security Forces Squadron held a retirement ceremony for Military Working Dog Tedy in the Ernie Walker Theater at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020. Tedy served for nine years, spending seven of those years as an explosive detection and patrol certified working dog guarding the families and missions of the 354th Fighter Wing. Tedy also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of multiple operations, protecting service members serving far from home just as he did at his home base. Tedy was the first working dog assigned to 354th SFS handler Staff Sgt. Tom Schumacher after he arrived to Eielson, and Tedy made such an impression on Schumacher and his family that they applied to adopt Tedy when it came time for the working dog to retire from service. Although few could be present at Tedy's retirement due to Covid-19 precautions, those in attendance threw tennis balls for Tedy to catch at the end of the ceremony, a favorite pastime of the Eielson working dog.