SEATAC, Wash. — After nearly six months spent apart, two American heroes were reunited Monday inside the Delta terminal at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Technical Sgt. Adamma Bilal and his military dog Bady, a 10-year-old German shepherd, served together for a year and a half in South Korea.
Bady is an explosive detection military dog who Bilal had to leave overseas after he was reassigned to a new duty station.
"He's my best friend," Bilal said. “I couldn’t be more excited to see him. I am ready to get him home, let him run on the beach and have a good time."
On Monday — National K9 Veterans Day — the United States Air Force flew Bady from Korea to Seattle with the help of Mission K9 Rescue, a nonprofit that has assisted in reuniting more than 600 dogs and their handlers.
“It is important to honor and protect all of our military heroes, both two- and four-footed,” said Kristen Maurer, the president of Mission K9 Rescue. “Military working dogs have been a vital, life-saving part of our armed services, and they deserve our support when they can no longer work."
Bady and Bilal are now off to Florida to enjoy the dog's retirement and their friendship of a lifetime.