House Speaker Thom Tillis named a very special honorary sergeant-at-arms Tuesday – a retired military working dog named Britt.
Britt, a trained narcotics dog, was in the House to represent working dogs in the U.S. military. Saturday, at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, officials will unveil a new memorial to military dogs killed in action.
Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, described the dogs as "American Heroes" and touted a foundation that helps the dogs find homes after they've retired from duty.
Tillis called the dog and his handler to the well of the chamber to be recognized, pronouncing him an "honorary sergeant-at-arms," the staff officers that guard the House chamber and assist at sessions and meetings.
Tillis said he first met the dog at the Coca-Cola 600 earlier this year.
"Britt was an MP," Tillis said. "In dog years, he served 56 years – 8 years," before retiring last month.
He called the dog up to the side of the dais for a pat on the head.
"Now we know we have at least one fast sergeant-at-arms," Tillis joked.