AFMAO hosts open house

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  • By Christin Michaud
  • AFMAO Public Affairs
Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations hosted an open house at the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs, Dover Air Force Base, Del., Oct. 22.

The open house, the first of its kind since the policy allowing media coverage of dignified transfers, was open exclusively to Department of Defense identification card holders or those with access to the base.

The open house included a mission brief by Col. John M. Devillier, AFMAO commander, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the nation's fallen are cared for.

"AFMAO's mission of taking care of the fallen and their families is not our mission alone; it is also the mission of Team Dover," said Devillier. "While many on Team Dover touch this mission, few understand the scope of our operation and our worldwide commitment. By opening our doors, we're hoping to facilitate a deeper appreciation of a mission that is historically intertwined with Dover AFB."

Guests also toured the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, the Meditation Pavilion and the Campus for Families of the Fallen.

Tammy Edwards, a utility management analyst with the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron, was impressed with the compassion and professionalism the mortuary team provides to the fallen and their families. She said it was obvious it wasn't just another job or bullet for these people.

"They care and have great pride in taking care of our families and their departed loved ones," said Edwards. "It warmed my heart to hear each person in their area of expertise take such care and pride in what they provide in each aspect of the dignified transfer of our fallen to their final resting place."

Edwards said she was overwhelmed by the kindness of the local community and the USO who have provided comfort and necessities to the fallen.

"It made me proud to be a part of Dover AFB and the care, compassion, comfort and camaraderie provided to our fallen Heroes and their families," she said.

AFMAO plans to host another open house in the spring to allow more of Team Dover to learn about the mortuary mission.