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Military K-9 injured in Afghanistan receives hero’s send-off in Germany

Rocky, a military working dog, waits for a command during his farewell event at Pulaski Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Rocky was treated at Dog Center Europe in Kaiserslautern for injuries he sustained while on patrol in Afghanistan, and will be heading back to Fort Hood, Texas, next week.

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By MICHAEL B. KELLER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 17, 2016

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Military working dog Rocky is heading back to Fort Hood, Texas, next week after being injured by an improvised explosive device last year and receiving more than 4,000 hours of surgery, medical care and physical therapy at Dog Center Europe.

Rocky and his handler, Army Spec. Andrew Brown, were searching for IEDs while on patrol in Afghanistan when Rocky identified a device. While walking away, a secondary device exploded and injured them both.

In honor of his journey home, Public Health Command Europe hosted a farewell event at Pulaski Park featuring a fire truck display from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department, demonstrations by the 100th Military Working Dog Detachmentm, and by Rocky himself showing some of the skills he has used during his physical therapy.

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Master Sgt. Christa Quam, 86th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, shakes Rocky's paw during his farewell event at Pulaski Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Rocky received treatment at Dog Center Europe in Kaiserslautern, and is headed back to Fort Hood, Texas, next week.
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