- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

DOVER, DEL. (AP) - An eight-member team wearing white gloves and camouflage battle fatigues carried the remains of a soldier killed overseas off a military jet in a ceremony witnessed by the media and family members .

It marked the first time media members were allowed at such a Dover Air Force Base ceremony since an 18-year ban on news coverage of returning war dead was lifted.

The remains of 30-year-old Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va., were solemnly taken off the plane on a clear, cool night in Delaware. Myers was killed April 4 near Helmand province, Afghanistan, when he was hit with an improvised explosive device.

The ceremony under the yellowish haze of airport floodlights took about 20 minutes with Myers’ wife and other family members in attendance.


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