Discussion in 'On Topic' started by Accord, Dec 14, 2005.
I have no words...
I remember they did a story about this on the NBC Nightly News a few months ago where the parents of a fallen soldier had to pick up the casket at a cargo hold at an airport, no dignity or anything, it's disgusting.
when we receive the fallen at dover air force base they are always in a military transport plane.
I don't see a problem with the underlying method, but there definately should be a military escort on the aircraft to accompany the fallen throughout the trip and an honor guard to receive them at the final destination. On the trip home from overseas they are on a plane that is only carrying the fallen IIRC, I don't think it would be logistically possible to have planes stateside solely to return single soldiers to their final resting place. The Air Force is simply trying to get them home to the family as soon as possible.
So im not the only one disgusted with this right!?!? Who the fuck signs off on this kind of shit?? Honor and respect for the fallen who have sacrificed themselves for this country is worth more than watever so called advantage they're going to try and quote.
im confused with your response.
anybody killed in iraq or afghanistan or anywhere in combat zone and is being buried in arlington national cemetery their bodies fly into dover air force base in delaware by military transport planes where we unload them.
local cemeteries, shipping the body home to middle of no where nebraska for a exagerrated example. just local towns, not a national cemetery. if there is a afb nearby where the person is from then they probably will do military transport but i am not sure
There was a soldier that was killed in Iraq who was recently buried here in South Florida, mabye the family gets to decide where or something ?
yeah i said:
"anybody killed in iraq or afghanistan or anywhere in combat zone and is being buried in arlington national cemetery"
not everyone killed in iraq or afghan is buried in arlington cemetery. hell most of them are not. only like 350 or so if i recall correctly who died in iraq are in arlington.
the soldier can state in his will or whatever if he wants to be buried in arlington, he isn't force to, although all are allowed to
look under Establishing Eligibility
tats just for ground burial, theres 2 other ways too
Do they still have all the ceremonies and everything for the other forms of burial?
actually, most of the time, we take HR's along with cargo. However, there are VERY strict rules for how they're handled.
They are placed at the very front of the cargo box, head first. Absolutely NOTHING is placed in front of them.
They are brought on/off by honor guard.
In case of emergency, HR's are the LAST item jettisonable, and the only time we're allowed to is to make recovery possible.
Every aircrew member is well versed in transporting HR's, and I can assure everyone that they're done with the utmost respect and dignity.
That must play hell with weight/balance sometimes.