Is the media authorized to do a stand up?
In order to maintain the solemn dignity of the dignified transfer, stand-ups are not allowed on the installation but may be conducted outside the Main or North gates if coordinated with the with the 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office at 302-677-3370. Media members are allowed to witness and document the dignified transfer but are asked to avoid any unnecessary movement or noise. Media representatives must sign and adhere to media ground rules.
Were there ever exceptions to the previous media ban on dignified transfer coverage?
In April 1996, the media was permitted to document the arrival and transfer for the remains of Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 32 other Americans killed when their plane crashed in Croatia. President Clinton was present to receive the flag-draped transfer cases.
In October 2000 the Defense Department distributed photographs of transfer cases arriving at Dover AFB bearing the remains of military personnel killed in the bombing of the USS Cole.
In September 2001, the Department of the Air Force published a photograph of the arrival and transfer of the remains of a victim of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
When was media coverage of dignified transfers banned? Why?
News media had not been allowed to cover the arrival of the fallen at Dover AFB since January 1991. This policy was part of the Public Affairs Guidance - Operation Desert Storm Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, published by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (OASD-PA) and dated February 1991. The policy changed in 2009 and now, the primary next of kin may elect to have media coverage of their fallen loved one's dignified transfer.