After being on active duty nearly a decade in the military, it is time for a special soldier to retire.

This soldier has served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan but after serving of nine years a doctor has ordered that she must retire for medical reasons.

She only goes by Mandy. “Mandy’s seen combat experience both in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Captain Joel Maxwell.

With fellow soldiers watching, she’s being honored for nine years of service with the Army Commendation Medal. “Mandy’s been there and done that,” said Maxwell during the ceremony.

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The thing is — Mandy is a 10 year old Belgian Malinois. Some may think it is silly to have a ceremony to honor a dog–but she is not just any canine. “They detect explosives and are able to find the IED’s and find them before they are detonated on our soldiers.”

Mandy, as well as other military working dogs, has saved lives overseas and stateside. “To us, the dogs are treated exactly like soldiers. Even in combat, they have the same status. If one of them is injured, we Medevac them the same as a soldier. They are basically one of us,” Maxwell explained.

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