Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations

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Long-time MIA pilot's remains found, laid to rest December 17, 2013 — Exactly 45 years after an Air Force pilot disappeared over Laos, his family finally had their chance to say their goodbyes in a repatriation ceremony at the Air Force Memorial here Dec. 13.Following the ceremony, Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr.'s family accompanied his flag-draped coffin to Arlington National Cemetery for burial."A wise man once MORE

Airman missing from Vietnam War accounted for December 16, 2013 — The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO, announced that the remains of an Airman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. of New Haven, Conn., was buried Dec. 13, at Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 13, MORE

Fighter pilot receives hero's burial December 16, 2013 — Major Troy Gilbert's former wife and their five children placed roses behind a small box beside his grave. Ginger Gilbert Ravella then knelt down, kissed her finger and placed it gently on the box after the Dec. 11 ceremony that partially fulfilled the family's quest to bring their fallen hero to his final resting place at Arlington National MORE

Airman now has 'clear vision of the cost of war' December 3, 2013 — "Sadness and reverence, pride and honor -- I have never been so proud and distressed by my service all at the same time."These were the gut-wrenching emotions that Senior Airman Laura Beckley, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations broadcaster, experienced as she performed her first historical documentation of a fallen soldier dignified MORE

Fisher House for Families of the Fallen hosts more than 2,750 family members November 21, 2013 — It's been more than three years since the Fisher House Foundation gifted the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The house is designed to provide a place for families to stay when they travel to Dover to witness a dignified transfer of their loved one. More than 2,750 family members have stayed in the Fisher House MORE

Additional remains of Air Force pilot found November 20, 2013 — Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19.Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq Nov. 27, 2006, while engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations. Partial remains were recovered and MORE

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