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President Barack Obama, in the process of saluting, participates in a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Aug. 9, for the transfer of U.S. and Afghan personnel who died in Afghanistan on Aug. 6. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is greeted by Col. Mark Camerer, the 436th Airlift Wing Commander upon his arrival at Dover Air Force Base

Washington Post: President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Tuesday to pay his respects to the 30 U.S. troops who were killed Saturday when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

…. Obama was driven to a building on the base where about 250 family members and fellow servicemen and women of the fallen had gathered. He spent approximately 70 minutes in a large community room called The Landings, meeting informally with family members, offering his condolences for their loss and his gratitude for their sacrifice and service.

Other visitors in the room with family members included Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Admiral William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command..

…. After Obama met with the families, he and other members of the official party lined up on a red carpet to watch the cases containing he remains removed from the planes in a transfer ceremony, according to a Whiter House official accompanying the president. They saluted as the cases passed, carried by members of various military service branches….

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President Obama is seen inside Marine One helicopter during his arrival on the South Lawn of the White House after visiting Dover Air Force Base to pay tribute to the 30 U.S. troops killed over the weekend in Afghanistan.




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