Staff Sgt. Brian Williams tosses a ball to military working dog Carly in the courtyard at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Williams asked his visitors if any of them brought toys for Carly to play with. Since they hadn’t, Williams solved the toy trouble by removing the tennis ball from his walker and tossing it in the air to Carly who “jumped” at the chance to play fetch with his handler. (U.S. Air Force photos/2nd Lt. Alexis McGee)
Staff Sgt. Brian Williams hugs military working dog Carly shortly after reuniting with him in the courtyard at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Carly stayed by Williams’ side for most of the visit, even jumping his front paws up onto Williams’ lap on several occasions. (U.S. Air Force photos/2nd Lt. Alexis McGee)
Staff Sgt. Brian Williams watches over his military working dog Carly. Williams and his JB MDL visitors brought Carly to his apartment at the medical center so the two could spend time together. (U.S. Air Force photos/2nd Lt. Alexis McGee)
Master-at-Arms 1 Sean Stull walks military working dog Carly across the medical center campus with MA3 Rico Loza and Staff Sgt. Brian Williams (right). All three members visited Williams at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he was injured in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photos/2nd Lt. Alexis McGee)
by 2nd Lt. Alexis McGee
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
6/29/2012 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- A team of five 87th Security Forces Squadron members traveled to Maryland to visit fellow SFS member June 22 who is undergoing medical treatment after sustaining injuries during his deployment in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Brian Williams suffered serious injuries after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on a mission outside Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan April 25.
The active-duty Air Force staff sergeant was approximately mid-way through his six-month deployment when the explosion occurred. He suffered the loss of his left leg above the knee, as well as multiple shrapnel wounds.
Williams is continuing to recover at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and continues to receive support and visits from his fellow SFS teammates. Lt. Col. Jeremy Novak, 87th SFS commander was on his fifth visit to see Williams and brought a special gift for the recovering service member. Novak affixed a set of police lights to the back of Williams' wheelchair as the Military Working Dog handler greeted his canine in the courtyard at the medical center.
Master Sgt. Anthony Jones, 87th SFS police services superintendent joined Novak for the visit to check up on their squadron's recovering Airman.
Three of Williams' fellow MWD handlers also made the journey with MWD Carly in tow. MWD Handlers Master-at-Arms Sean Stull, Staff Sgt. Allison Price and Master-at-Arms 3 Rico Loza, all 87th SFS MWD handlers, brought Carly along for the visit to give him time to spend with his best friend and partner.
Editor's note: This is a follow-up article to "Injured Airman reunites with family just 4 days after IED attack" in the May 18 edition of the "Air, Land and Sea Times." Excerpts are taken from the original May 18 article.