12/31/2012 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Public Affairs office has received confirmation of consent from the primary next of kin to authorize media coverage of their fallen military loved one's return:
Name: Markie T. Sims
Hometown: Citra, Fla.
Service: United States Army
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan
Note: Other Fallen service members may be included as part of this dignified transfer. News media coverage is subject to approval by the surviving designated family member. Additional information related to such approval will be provided via press release on www.defense.gov/releases/ once all secondary next of kin have been notified.
We consider all returning service members as "believed to be" until they can be confirmed through finger prints, dental records and/or DNA.
Media who have registered to cover the dignified transfer must send an RSVP to AFMAO.PA@us.af.mil within eight hours after email notification with the name of the individual who will represent the organization. AFMAO/PA will send a final confirmation e-mail notifying media of meeting time and location. Media will be required to sign the DoD Dignified Transfer ground rules before being authorized access. No flash photography is permitted.
Please contact the AFMAO Public Affairs office if you have additional questions about this dignified transfer at: (302) 399-0842 or (302) 677-2275, e-mail at AFMAO.PA@us.af.mil or visit http://www.mortuary.af.mil.