Lackland AFB Community
MWD retires after 10 years of service
Story by Anna Morelock on 02/25/2019
WIESBADEN, Germany The U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden military police community wished one of their own good luck and farewell during a retirement ceremony Feb. 22 at the Taunus Theater.
Eleven-year-old Beny, a military working dog with the 525th Military Working Dog Detachment, lay on stage at the feet of his soon-to-be owner as his career achievements were highlighted for the crowd 3,000 hours of random anti-terrorism measures; 150 health and welfare searches; and more than 100 customs patrols.
Since his graduation from dog training school at Lackland Air Force Base in 2009, Beny served the Baumholder and Wiesbaden military communities and traveled across the U.S. Army Europe footprint in his role as a drug-detection dog. He taught 10 different handlers, and his last, Sgt. Ryan Borjas, said he definitely learned from the 90-pound German shepherd.
It was great to be partners with Beny for almost two years, Borjas said, and he said he is happy to see him heading to a good home where he’ll receive plenty of attention in retirement.
Beny was retired due to a degenerative medical condition and will become the only dog in the house of another MWD handler, Sgt. Mathew Dobson, and his wife.
While Beny carried the rank of staff sergeant one higher than that of his handler Dobson said in the dog world, Beny is definitely a command sergeant major.
“He’s a really sweet boy,” Dobson said, “and he needs a good home, so we decided to adopt him so he can have his last few happy years.”