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Posted 5/4/2009   Updated 5/11/2009 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 040509

5/4/2009 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Media Representatives:

The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center Public Affairs Office (AFMAO/PA) has received confirmation of consent from the primary next of kin to authorize media coverage of their fallen military loved ones' return. A dignified transfer for Specialist Jake R. Velloza and Specialist Jeremiah P. McCleery will be conducted at Dover AFB, Del., today. 

Name: Jake R. Velloza
Hometown: Inverness, Calif.
Rank: Specialist
Service: U.S. Army
Location of death: Operation Iraqi Freedom

Name: Jeremiah P. McCleery
Hometown: Portola, Calif.
Rank: Specialist
Service: U.S. Army
Location of death: Operation Iraqi Freedom

Additional information related to this release will be provided via press release on once we have verified that all secondary next of kin have been notified. 

Media who have registered to cover the dignified transfer must send an RSVP to the AFMAO/PA organizational e-mail inbox ( by 12:45 p.m. EST with the name of the individual who will represent the outlet. Late submissions may not be considered for access to the installation.

Media will be required to sign the DoD Dignified Transfer ground rules before being authorized access to cover this event. Of note, no flash photography will be permitted. Upon conclusion of the dignified transfer, media will be escorted from the base to their vehicles.

The meeting time is expected to be about 5:25 p.m. EST. AFMAO/PA will send out a confirmation e-mail by 1:45 p.m. EST notifying media of exact meeting time and location and whether any pool coverage will be required.

Please contact the AFMAO Public Affairs office at (302) 677-2275/2187/2186, e-mail at or visit if you have additional questions about today's dignified transfer. 


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