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  • Hottle Family: Father, daughter share last major milestone

    Maj. Monica Hottle, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Plans and Programs Division chief, recently promoted to the rank of major with the help of her father, retired Maj. David Hottle who officiated her ceremony for the last time — with the longstanding Air Force rule being that any officer can

  • Westover chaplains receive training at AFMAO

    Chaplains from the 439th Airlift Wing Chaplain Corps at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts, received thorough training with Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, covering grief support, family care and a newly added simulated dignified transfer component .

  • AFMAO kick starts their week positively

    The resiliency team at Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations recently introduced Mondation.  Mondation, held on Mondays, which is a resiliency class designed to kickstart the week positively. It consists of three parts: motivation to inspire and energize, goal setting and affirmations to create

  • Operation Colony Glacier 2023

    Members of the recovery efforts for Operation Colony Glacier include military members from around the country, with Alaskan Command serving as the lead support agency. This mission highlights a national commitment to never leave a service member behind.

  • Charter service transports fallen service members

    Once fallen service members have been prepared and casketed, they depart Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, for their final resting place via hearse for distances typically within 350 miles, or plane, if further. One company has led the effort to this final step as part of a reverse dignified transfer

  • Tech. Sgt. Benson: Mental health matters

    Tech. Sgt. Haley Benson, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations mental health technician, has spent herdeployment dedicated to providing care, service and support to families of the fallen while striving toimprove the AFMAO resiliency team — ensuring every member of AFMAO was cared for on every

  • First Civilian Airman graduates from Staff Sgt Julio Alonso ALS

    Dillon Lackus became the first civilian Airman to graduate from the Staff Sgt. Julio Alonso Airman Leadership School at Dover Air Force Base, May 18, 2023.Lackus, a prior Marine, was one of 30 students, and the only civilian, enrolled in ALS Class 23-E. He is a mortuary clerk assigned to the Air

  • AFMAO: A new definition of service

    As we approach Memorial Day, I find myself reflecting on what led up to this point in my career and what serving at Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations means to me — now having the opportunity to support the Department of Defense’s closest mission to what this day honors.

  • Funeral professionals train in search and recovery efforts

    Two civilians from Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations recently completed the Buried Bodies and Surface Skeletons: Recovery Techniques class hosted at the Institute of Police Technology and Management in Jacksonville, Florida.