Just a dog and his family, almost, after being a hero
By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on August 23, 2013 1:46 PM
Staff Sgt. Ben Seekell
News-Argus file photo
Charlie, a military working dog, was retired by the Air Force this morning during a ceremony on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The dog partnered with Staff Sgt. Ben Seekell, a 4th Fighter Wing Security Forces airman who stepped on an improvised explosive device during his tour in Afghanistan. Both Charlie and the airman were injured in the blast -- and both received the Purple Heart.
To Staff Sgt. Ben Seekell, he is more than just a dog. He is a confidant -- a partner. He's family -- a bond forged in Afghanistan when the two were nearly killed while on patrol not far from...
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