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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center bid farewell to Army Maj. Annie Fox, a Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever, during a special retirement ceremony March 17 at WRNMMC’s National Intrepid Center of Excellence.
A special part of the establishment dog program for eight years, Annie Fox is named in honor of the late Army Nurse 1st Lt. Annie G. Fox, the first woman to be awarded the Purple Heart for combat. Lt. Fox was awarded the Purple Heart for “outstanding performance of duty, meritorious acts of extraordinary loyalty, and essential service” during the attack on Hickam Field, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. At that time, the award of the Purple Heart did not require the recipient to be injured in battle. As for the canine Annie Fox, then Army General of the Army Jimmie Keenan, Chief of the Army Nurse Corps, commanded the dog as an Army First Lieutenant in front of the historic WRNMMC Tower on 15 October 2015. Keenan, went on to note that the canines in WRNMMC’s Facility Dog Program bring comfort, support, hope, and “unconditional love” to injured, ill, and injured patients, as well as WRNMMC and Naval Support Activity personnel. Bethesda.
The facility’s canine team chaplain, Brother David Schlatter, said Annie Fox had left her mark at WRNMMC. He added that the dogs in the medical center’s Facility Dog Program bring “a certain excitement and joy to our days here.” As the dog heads to Michigan with its owner, Judy. Schlatter said the love and joy Annie Fox brought to WRNMMC will not end. “That legacy continues,” he said.
Amy O’Connor, Project Manager at WRNMMC’s Deputy Chief of Staff, shared letters from those who met and were touched by Annie Fox at the medical center. One person wrote
“Annie was the first settlement dog I met. She was brought to my room the day after I was released from intensive care after my brain surgery. She was so calm and loving. I instantly fell in love with her. During my therapy and recovery at the Brain Fitness Center, she was always there to greet me with her amazing little smile. I took my granddaughter to therapy one afternoon and she met Annie. Annie gave him one of those famous smiles.
Another person wrote: “Shift. Annie Fox gave gifts of love without asking for anything in return, and what’s so special about her and Judy’s work with her is that the stories and memories of being cared for at a time of vulnerability in their lives came from a place in the “open” heart of the “nicest” girl!!!”