COLUMBIA — The 13th annual National Adopt a Serviceman awards banquet, which honors Missouri service members, also honored a military dog with the Exercise Tiger Foundation's first "Combat Canine Award."
The idea to honor a canine was inspired by the recent death of Bart, a Navy SEAL dog who died when a helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan.
Susan Haines, director of the foundation, told the Columbia Daily Tribune that Filo, a 6-year-old German shepherd, has guarded the U.S. president and B-52 bombers and has prevented explosives from getting on a military base.
Filo's handler, Air Force Staff Sgt. Alex Holloway, said he was surprised when he first heard Filo would receive the award. But he said Filo deserves it because he works hard and is repaid only in love.