It is the gravest job to fall on any American president and is the primary time Biden has attended a “dignified transfer” since taking workplace seven months in the past.
The President and first woman Jill Biden will meet with the households of those killed, in accordance to the White House, prior to the transfer at midday ET.
The 13 service members have been killed throughout a terrorist assault outdoors the Kabul airport gates on Thursday as they assisted in an enormous airlift mission to evacuate American residents and susceptible Afghans from the nation.
Eleven have been Marines, one was an Army soldier and one was a Navy corpsman. The youngest have been 20 years outdated and the oldest was 31. They got here from Massachusetts, California, Nebraska, Indiana, Texas, Missouri, Wyoming, Ohio and Tennessee.
They have been the primary US troops killed in hostile motion in Afghanistan since February 2020, when two troopers have been killed in fight in Nangarhar province. Then-President Donald Trump attended the dignified transfer when their stays returned to Dover.
Biden, in a press release on Saturday, referred to as the slain troops “heroes who made the final word sacrifice in service of our highest American beliefs and whereas saving the lives of others.”
“Their bravery and selflessness has enabled greater than 117,000 folks at threat to attain security to date,” he mentioned, referring to the variety of folks airlifted from Kabul. “May God shield our troops and all those standing watch in these harmful days.”
The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, accountable for the return of stays from army theaters abroad, specifies that the transfer just isn’t a “ceremony” however reasonably “a solemn motion of the transfer case by a carry staff composed of army personnel from the fallen member’s respective service.”
Biden will watch from the bottom tarmac because the flag-draped instances are carried from a army cargo airplane in which they have been flown in a single day to US soil. Each case is carried individually from the airplane and positioned right into a car. The transfer happens in virtually full silence.
Typically, the president is accompanied by senior army leaders, who stand alongside because the case is carried down the ramp of the cargo airplane, throughout a stretch of tarmac and into the car. Families of those killed watch the transfer from a delegated part reverse the place the President will stand.
While Sunday’s dignified transfer might be Biden’s first as commander in chief, he participated in at least one different occasion of this sort as vp. He was available at Dover Air Force Base in November 2016 for the dignified transfer of a soldier who was killed by a suicide bomb at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Gen. Mark Milley, who at the time was serving because the Army chief of employees, additionally attended.
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