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First Published Photos of War Dead Under Pentagon's New Policy

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 10, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

Photojournalists gathered at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Sunday and recorded the ceremonial unloading of a flag-draped casket from a transport plane.

It was the first time during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that Americans have seen press coverage of such a ceremony, known in the military as a dignified transfer.

On Friday the Pentagon released the details of its new policy on media coverage of dignified transfers. The next day, Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers, 30, of Hopewell, Va., died when an improvised explosive device exploded while he was on duty in Afghanistan. His wife became the first military family member to consent to media coverage under the new policy.

Read the complete article in Photo District News.

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