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  • Ensuring the fallen are sent home with honor

    Upon returning from the theater of operations to the U. S., a solemn dignified transfer is conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, when a Air Force carry team transfers the remains from the aircraft to a transfer vehicle to honor those who have given their lives in service to

  • Airman's remains returned home 62 years after his death

    The remains of 17 service members were recovered by the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command and Joint Task Force team from a 1952 aircraft crash site. Among the casualties was Airman 3rd Class Howard Martin, of Elwood, Indiana, whose remains returned home to rest July 10.

  • Tacoma Airman killed in Laos 44 years ago finally home

    After having been missing for more than 44 years, the remains of Air Force Capt. Douglas D. Ferguson, who was killed when his F-4D Phantom aircraft was shot down over Laos in 1969, returned home May 1 in Lakewood, Washington.

  • AFMAO becomes Field Operating Agency

    Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations became a Field Operating Agency, May 1, at the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs, Dover Air Force Base, Del., aligning it directly under Headquarters Air Force leadership.

  • Missing Airmen from Vietnam War identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO, announced today that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full

  • Mortuary affairs sends fallen warriors home

    A solemn dignified transfer of remains is conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., from the aircraft to a transfer vehicle to honor those who have given their lives in service to America. These fallen warriors, however, have stops along the way including the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing

  • Air Force changes military funeral honors requirements

    Due to the impact sequestration has on resources, Air Force Services is adjusting requirements for military funeral honors of retirees. Air Force policy will revert to requiring a minimum of two personnel for retiree MFH details, consistent with statute and DoD policy. The Air Force historically

  • Families of fallen find caring support in family liaisons

    June 9 will mark three years since Master Sgt. Marisa Flores lost her husband, Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, when he and four other pararescuemen died from injuries received during a HH-60G Pave Hawk crash in Afghanistan. Some days are still a challenge. Every now and then, Flores said she comes across

  • Fallen Airmen honored

    Four Airmen including two Beale Airmen whose MC-12 Liberty crashed and claimed their lives near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 27 were honored during a memorial service here May 6. Hundreds of service members, civilians, family and friends gathered to remember and honor their lives.Capt. Reid

  • DOD identifies pilot killed in F-16 crash

    Department of Defense officials announced today the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Capt. James Michael Steel, 29, of Tampa, Fla., died April 3 in the crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at

  • DOD identifies Air Force casualty

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La., died March 7 as a result of a non-combat incident at an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia. He was assigned to the 307th Maintenance

  • Missing for 46 years, air commando laid to rest

    An air commando who died when his C-123 Provider flare ship was shot down over Ahn Khe, Vietnam, was laid to rest Oct. 26 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Texas.The 310th Air Commando Squadron loadmaster, Airman 1st Class Jerry Mack Wall, 24, was killed when his plane was hit by enemy fire and

  • AFPC Airman: Don't forget, they're not all home

    It wasn't the first time she had been to the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, but Staff Sgt. Danielle Harris' Sept. 21 visit was as emotionally energizing as if she'd never been there before. Annually, during the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day events, New York City

  • Chaplains provide support and comfort for families

    From the first phone call to a grieving family to get to know their lost loved one, to the carefully chosen words spoken at a graveside service, the chaplains at Arlington National Cemetery are tasked with some of the most difficult duties at the cemetery.Led by senior chaplains Air Force Col.

  • Total force effort brings people home after Libyan attack

    A C-17 Globemaster III answered the urgent call to fly 36 passengers to safety out of Libya following the attack on the U.S. consulate Sept. 12 that had resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador and three others. The aircraft was under the command and control of the 618th Air and Space Operations

  • Dignified transfer OIC honored to serve fallen

    At his home base of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Capt. Bernard Harper is the chief of the Military Personnel Section. His job there varies greatly from the range of duties he oversees as the officer in charge of dignified transfers here with Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations."The jobs are like

  • DOD identifies Air Force casualty

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Maj. Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga., died Aug. 8 from injuries suffered during a suicide bomb attack in Kunar province, Afghanistan.Gray was assigned to the 13th Air Support Operations

  • Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 5 that the remains of six servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, were recently identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.Air Force Col. Joseph Christiano of Rochester,

  • Two Airmen identified, returned home

    The remains of two servicemen, missing from World War II and the Vietnam War, have recently been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors, Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office officials announced June 29.Identified were Army Air Forces

  • Panetta believes Dover punishment appropriate

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta believes the punishment of supervisors accused of retaliating against whistleblowers at the Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base was appropriate, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.Whistleblowers at the military mortuary in Delaware, which handles

  • Fallen Airman's family accepts medal for a hero

    Karen Hollon accepted the posthumous Airman's Medal on behalf of her husband Tech. Sgt. Steven A. Hollon during a ceremony, here April 23. The award presented by Air University Commander Lt. Gen. David Fadok was received for actions including voluntary risk of life under circumstances other than

  • Defense Health Board receives Port Mortuary review findings

    The Defense Health Board has received findings and recommendations from an independent review of practices at the Dover Port Mortuary in Delaware.The review was directed in December by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today."One of the department's most

  • General explains changes to mortuary disposal process

    As soon as officials at the Air Force Port Mortuary in Dover, Del., realized cremated and incinerated service member remains were being disposed of in a landfill, they changed the process, Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones said Dec. 8.Jones, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and

  • Air Force transitions call center function to AFMAO

    The Air Force recently transitioned mortuary affairs call center responsibilities from a temporary call center in Washington D.C., to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del.Trained experts will continue to answer calls from the toll-free number 24 hours a day,

  • SECAF to review disciplinary actions in AFMAO case

    Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley reaffirmed a commitment to ensure that appropriate disciplinary action was taken in regard to the management and procedures at the Dover Air Force Base, Del., Mortuary. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked Secretary Donley on Nov. 10 to review the Air Force's

  • SECAF issues letter to all service members

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley issued a letter to all service members Nov. 8.In it, he wrote, "The mission at the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operation (AFMAO) is to provide dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and care, service and support to their families. The professionals whose

  • Air Force investigates and improves mortuary operation

    Air Force officials have completed a year-long investigation of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base, Del., the point of entry for U.S. service members who are killed or die overseas. The service implemented multiple corrective actions and took action regarding three

  • Fallen pilot laid to rest after 43 years

    Since 1977 a marker in memory of Air Force Col. Gilbert S. Palmer Jr. sat upon a hill for the pilot who went missing in action Feb. 27, 1968. Now, more than 43 years later, Palmer's remains have been returned to his family for proper burial in Arlington with full military honors. More than 30

  • Airmen missing in action from WWII identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 20 that the remains of nine servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William J. Sarsfield of

  • Medical examiners identify deceased in Chinook crash

    All 30 Americans killed in the Aug. 6 crash of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in eastern Afghanistan have been identified, officials at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System in Rockville, Md., said Aug. 12.Medical examiners also identified all eight Afghans killed in the incident, said Paul Stone, a

  • Obama, military leaders pay respects at Dover Air Force Base

    President Barack Obama and military leaders paid their respects at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Aug. 9 during the dignified transfer of remains of service members killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.Two Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft carried the remains to

  • Air Force Mortuary Affairs branch unites family of missing Airman

    Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences in life, causing family members to make major adjustments to compensate for the loss.This can be exceptionally difficult for families with loved ones missing in action who have never returned from war.Members of the Air Force Mortuary

  • Iraqi air force primed for power

    More than 30 Iraqi service members graduated from an introductory power production course taught by U.S. service members here May 2.Through the course, the instructors taught the basics of running generators, enabling the Iraqi military to safely generate their own power. The students, who come from

  • Cyberspace Airmen mourn wingman killed in Afghanistan

    Department of Defense  officials announced April 29 the death of Capt. Charles A. Ransom, a cyberspace Airman assigned to the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, at Langley Air Force Base, Va.He died April 27 at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan of wounds suffered from gunfire while

  • Iraqi air force leaders thank U.S advisers, celebrate 80th anniversary

    U.S. Air Force and Iraqi officials opened a state-of-the-art air operations center here as the Iraqi air force celebrated its 80th anniversary April 21. The grand opening of a $9 million AOC at Hawk Base here kicked off a series of festivities celebrating the anniversary of the founding of Iraq's

  • Policy permitting media access for dignified transfers two years old

    Two years ago, on April 6, 2009, the dignified transfer of a fallen service member with media in attendance took place under new policy directed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The policy, issued on March 25, 2009, sponsors family members wishing to attend and empowers the primary next of kin

  • Dover colonels perform sacred duty

    Each colonel assigned to Dover Air Force Base has a unique mission in addition to his or her primary duties as a wing, vice or group commander. There are nine O-6s assigned here who serve as dignified transfer hosts for fallen heroes returning to American soil. The title DTH is given to the colonel

  • Teams search for missing Americans in China

    Cooperative efforts between the United States and China for accounting of Americans missing from the Korean War broadened last month with the arrival of a specially trained archeological team in Guangdong province.The group from the U.S. Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command

  • RAF Alconbury Airman dies in Southwest Asia

    An Airman assigned to the 423rd Security Forces Squadron here died while deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation New Dawn.Airman 1st Class Christoffer Johnson, 20, died Feb. 17 due to a non-combat related incident."Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this

  • DOD officials identify Air Force casualty

    Department of Defense officials announced Feb. 18 the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation New Dawn. Airman 1st Class Corey C. Owens, 26, of San Antonio, Texas, died Feb. 17 due to a non-combat related incident at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. He was assigned to the 47th Security Forces

  • Defense officials identify Air Force casualty

    Department of Defense officials announced Jan. 27 the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom . Tech. Sgt. Leslie D. Williams, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, died Jan. 25 due to a non-combat related incident at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Maintenance

  • Photo Essay: Missing Airmen laid to rest

    Honor Guard members from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the funeral ceremony for Col. James Dennany and Maj. Robert Tucci Jan. 14, 2011, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. More than 41 years ago, Colonel Dennany and Major Tucci were escorting an AC-130 gunship on a night strike

  • Fallen Airman honored

    Servicemembers turned out in force to honor a fallen Airman from Dalzell, S.C., at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 18. Staff Sergeant Andrew Bubacz, a 23-year-old Airman assigned to the 97th Communications Squadron at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., died Nov. 12 while deployed as part of a provincial

  • Fisher House, Meditation Pavilion for families of fallen dedicated

    A serene, stone-front home along a private road is now a place of comfort for family members awaiting the dignified transfer of their loved ones.During a pre-Veterans Day ceremony here Nov. 10, family members of the fallen joined military officials and TV personality Montel Williams, himself a

  • Fisher House to be dedicated at Dover Air Force Base

    Air Force leaders, elected officials and distinguished guests are scheduled to dedicate the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Nov. 10. The Fisher House for Families of the Fallen is a unique facility among the Fisher House Foundation's 49 other Fisher Houses

  • Motorcycle group supports military funerals

    As the U.S. Supreme Court contemplates whether protestors outside military funerals are protected under First Amendment free-speech rights, a motorcycle group that travels the country attending those funerals as a show of support and respect rides on, undeterred by the political fray.About 200,000

  • Fifth Airman lost from Afghanistan helicopter incident

    Department of Defense officials have announced the loss of a fifth Airman from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter which crashed in southeastern Afghanistan June 9.Capt. David Wisniewski, 31, an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilot assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron here passed away at the National Naval

  • 4 Airmen die in helicopter crash

    Department of Defense officials announced June 9 the deaths of four Airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.They died June 9, near Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan, in a helicopter crash. Killed were:--Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, assigned to the

  • Air Force awarded top honors for excellence in public relations

    The U.S. Air Force received top honors June 3 at the Public Relations Society of America's annual Silver Anvil Awards Ceremony at the Equitable Tower in New York City. This is the first time the Air Force has received the PRSA's most esteemed, "Best of Silver Anvil" Award, recognized as the civilian

  • Air Force senior leaders break ground for special Fisher House at Dover

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation chairman, participated in a special groundbreaking ceremony May 1 for a Fisher House on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Although this is the 53rd Fisher House to be built,

  • Fisher House groundbreaking ceremony set May 1

    The groundbreaking ceremony for the Fisher House and Meditation Pavilion for the Families of the Fallen at the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center is scheduled for May 1here.AFMAO members will direct the Fisher House as it provides free on-base lodging for families who come here to witness

  • Air Force pilot MIA from Vietnam War is identified

    The Department of Defense announced March 16 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Air Force Maj. Curtis Daniel Miller of Palacios, Texas, will be buried on March 29

  • Seymour Johnson officials honor fallen Airman

    base officials paid respect to the dignified transfer of a fallen Airman Jan. 25 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Tech. Sgt. Adam Ginett, a Knightdale, N.C., native, died Jan. 19 near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds incurred from an improvised explosive device.He was assigned to the 31st

  • New facility fulfills needs for families of the fallen

    The staff of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center has been providing dignity, honor and respect for fallen warriors, and care, service and support for their families since the unit was activated on Jan. 6, 2009. So it was only appropriate that a new facility that will carry that family

  • Moody community pay respect to fallen warrior

    Members of Moody Air Force Base came together Dec. 3 to pay their respects to a fallen Army Soldier during a fallen warrior ceremony as he was transferred from the base to Harrington Funeral Home located in Valdosta, Ga. Army Staff Sgt. Briand Williams, originally from Sparks, Ga., which is located

  • Elmendorf Honor Guard participates in funeral of H1N1 victim

    The Elmendorf Honor Guard served in the memorial service of an Air Force member at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Oct. 15. Staff Sgt. Shawn J. Rankin, who hailed from nearby Anchorage, died Oct. 4 from complications related to the H1N1 virus at his off-base residence in Glendale, Ariz. 

  • Hundreds show for fallen Marine's return home

    About a thousand people lined Harmon Drive from the 12th Flying Training Wing headquarters to the main gate here the morning of July 26 to honor fallen Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Lara as a motorcade bringing his body home passed. The 20-year-old from New Braunfels, Texas, was on his second tour

  • Charleston officials provide dignified transfer training for Army chaplains

    More than 170 Army chaplain candidates gathered on the flightline here July 14 to receive training in the honors given to fallen servicemembers during dignified transfers of human remains. Last August, officials at the Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, S.C., began coordinating with

  • Remains of 7 troops killed in Afghanistan return home

    The remains of seven American troops killed July 6 during combat operations in Afghanistan returned to their nation during a dignified transfer July 8 here. Twenty-six family members from every region of the country stood on the tarmac witnessing their loved one's return. Subdued voices of the carry

  • Iraqi senior engineers visit Langley

    Langley Air Force Base officials opened their gates to five Iraqi military members and one Iraqi contractor June 10 as a part of the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq Iraqi Security Forces Senior Engineer Symposium. The Iraqi Security Forces Senior Engineer Symposium showcased how the

  • Tactical comm Airmen keep military ops online, on target

    Performing missions within the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan requires the U.S. military to maintain an open line of communication at all times, especially when convoys take people outside the wire. For one Airman in particular, the role of tactical communications means knowing a variety of

  • Iraqi air force builds ISR foundation with help from Airmen

    The Iraqi air force is taking shape under the watchful guidance and support of Airmen. A team of air advisors from the Coalition Air Force Training Team, part of Multinational Security Transition Command - Iraq, has introduced current intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technology to the

  • Charleston Airmen fly honorable mission

    Charleston Air Force Base C-17 Globemaster III aircrews flew the most precious of cargo April 7 -- the remains of a fallen hero. Army Spc. Israel Candelaria Mejias of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment in Task Force 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Brigade Combat Team from

  • Uniforms for the fallen are always perfect

    An Airman irons the long sleeved shirt, giving it sharp military creases. A Soldier and a Marine spend hours building ribbon racks, making sure every ribbon is correct and that the devices are equally polished and bright. A Sailor looks over the jacket, pants and shirt, ensuring all excess strings

  • Airmen in personal effects office take small items to heart

    Watches, coins, photos, dog tags and necklaces. To many, these are just items carried or worn by military members, even when serving in places like Iraq or Afghanistan. For families of the fallen, these simple items may be cherished keepsakes that serve as reminders of their son or daughter who paid

  • Dignified transfer

    An Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center carry team transfers the remains of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Myers, of Hopewell, Va., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., April 5. Sergeant Myers died April 4 near Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive

  • Airman killed in Afghanistan identified

    Department of Defense officials announced April 5 the identity of an Airman killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Myers, 30, of Hopewell, Va., died April 4 near Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned

  • Airmen cover the fallen with American flags for families

    For some, it means red, white and blue. It means 13 stripes for the original colonies and 50 stars for the states. For the families of the fallen, the American flag means so much more. Because of this, two Airmen assigned to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center here take their mission

  • Airman killed in Southern Afghanistan

    An Airman assigned to the 755th Air Expeditionary Group in Kandahar was killed by an improvised explosive device in Southern Afghanistan April 4. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.Comment on this story   (comments may be published on Air Force Link) View

  • Gates signs policy for dignified transfer operations

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has approved a policy change that, under strictly delineated conditions, allows media filming of dignified transfer operations of fallen servicemembers' remains at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The new policy is slated to be implemented April 6, Pentagon spokesman