Justin Lee is a US Marine Corps veteran, former North Carolina first responder, and is currently a partner and trainer with Backyard Canine Academy. He joined the Charlie Mike team in September 2022, to help develop and build the Charlie Mike Battle Buddy Canine Training Program.

Justin is originally from Palatka, Florida, where he spent the majority of his childhood playing sports and fishing. Justin has lived a life of service from serving his country as a Marine, to working for the City of Burlington N.C. Fire Department after his time in the Marine Corps. Justin received multiple awards for his selfless acts and valor, both as a Marine and Firefighter. He also competes in the Protection Sports Association with his dog Junior, where obedience and protection skills are tested in handler-canine teams. As a trainer, he holds a certification as an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

As a dog trainer for Charlie Mike, Justin strives to build a solid foundation and lasting relationship between the veteran and his or her future Battle Buddy. He knows first hand the value a canine companion can have in life, and believes others – especially veterans – can benefit from the experience, as well!


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