by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
7/1/2013 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The
catch phrase "man's best friend" takes a whole new meaning when it's
applied to one dog in particular: MacDill Air Force Base military
working dog Eddie.
Recently, MWD Eddie and his handler at the time, Staff Sgt. Shannon
Hutto, 6th Security Forces Squadron K-9 trainer, have been getting
national recognition for their heroic acts while deployed to Afghanistan
in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Hutto described Eddie as "a loyal dog that he owes his life to." Hutto means it literally.
While conducting a foot patrol in a hostile village in Afghanistan, MWD
Eddie sniffed out a pressure plate explosive just inches from where
Hutto was about to place his next step. In doing so Eddie likely saved
the lives of all 13 members of his troop battalion and a few innocent
Shortly after, without skipping a beat, Eddie continued searching for
other explosives on the highly traveled footbridge used by coalition
forces and local villagers, uncovering another explosive device. Eddie's
valiant efforts likely saved many lives.