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News | June 9, 2022

Four-legged major brings joy to Brooke Army Medical Center

By Jason W. Edwards

Brooke Army Medical Center commissioned a new, four-legged staff member with a penchant for spreading joy to the rank of United States Army major during a ceremony June 6.

Budd, a Labrador retriever, will serve as BAMC’s new facility dog. During his commissioning, U.S. Army Col. Kimberlie Biever, acting BAMC commander, administered the oath of office charging Budd with the duty to “comfort and cheer others.”

“As a major in the BAMC Facility Dog Program, you must set the example for facility dogs to emulate,” Biever said. “Your conduct and professionalism both with and without treats shall be above reproach with no barking or jumping without orders to do so. You are responsible for the smiles of humans … You will bring joy and comfort to all that need you.”

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