The latest member to be sworn into the U.S. Navy does not walk on twos but on fours. Sully the service dog (aka: Petty Officer Sully) belonged to belated President George H.W. Bush. After Bush’s death in 2018, the dog was sent to work with veterans at Walter Reed National Military Center. Now, the dog can add military member to his growing resume.
Three months after laying next to the casket of the former President, Sully was appointed to the rank of hospital corpsman, second class. Like all members of the Navy, the dog was given a military vest representing the medical center to wear.
At a press conference streamed live on Facebook, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center spokesperson said aloud to a packed room, including Sully:
“Do you affirm – or pant – as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy that you will support, comfort, and cure warriors and their families, active duty and retired? That you embrace our staff and bear unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days? That you take this obligation freely, without any promise of treats or tummy rubs and that you will faithfully discharge the duties to provide joy, love and nurturing for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and sailors and their families?”
Watch the press conference below as Sully earns the title of official facility dog, Petty Officer Sully, U.S. Navy. We salute you, HM2 Sully!