Pentagon Allows Media to See Return of US War Dead

Pentagon War Dead

The 18-year ban on media coverage of the return of fallen U.S. service members ended Sunday night “with a solemn ceremony for the arrival of a flag-draped casket of an airman felled in Afghanistan.”

After receiving permission from family members, the military opened Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to the media Sunday night for the return of the body of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va.

The Obama Administration lifted the ban in late February, after Defense Secretary Robert Gates reviewed the policy.

The Lede reports that Air Force officials received consent from Sgt. Phillip Myers family to “grant members of the news media permission to be on hand.”

Sergeant Myers, a member of the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery on March 19 during an Airmen’s Call at the Royal Air Force station in Lakenheath, England — a base from which the U.S. Air Force operates — according to the Pentagon. On Sunday night, his body arrived on a flight from the Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany, where it had been flown from Afghanistan. 

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