If this newly-minted major rises through the next three ranks as fast as he did the last three, he’ll pin on his first star next March.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh presided over Goldie’s “commissioning” just eight months ago at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There, the 4-year-old Golden retriever is a beloved member of the therapy dog program, visiting service members undergoing rehabilitation.
On Nov. 12, the general and the dog crossed paths again, this time at the Pentagon, where Welsh promoted Goldie from second lieutenant to major.
“It’s a rather fast promotion track,” Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said. “It’s in dog years.”
Welsh, a dog-lover, wanted to honor the animals’ contributions to wounded, ill and injured service members in recognition of Warrior Care Month this November, Herritage said.
In a Facebook post afterward, Welsh wrote: “I was honored to promote Major Goldie to his new rank today. … Therapy dogs can do what few of us can—provide unconditional compassion constantly. It’s in their DNA…it’s what they were born to do. Thanks to the talented trainers and handlers who dedicate their lives to this worthy cause.”