Biden will attend the dignified transfer of US service members killed in a drone attack

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President Joe Biden on Friday will attend the dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base of the three US Army reservists killed Sunday in a drone strike in Jordan.

He is accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General C.Q. Brown.

The White House said they would meet with the families privately before receiving the remains.

Photo: President Joe Biden attends a dignified transfer of the remains of fallen service members at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, Aug. 29, 2021, after 13 U.S. military personnel were killed in Afghanistan last week.

President Joe Biden attends the dignified transfer of the remains of fallen service members at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, Aug. 29, 2021, after 13 U.S. military personnel were killed in Afghanistan last week.

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The Pentagon announced Monday that Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Private company. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia; And a private company. Breonna Alexandria Moffitt, 23, of Savannah, Georgia, was killed in a drone attack over the weekend on the US base in Jordan near the border with Syria and Iraq.

At a press conference on Tuesday, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed that Biden had spoken with the families of those killed.

“He expressed to them how proud we all are of their service, how we mourn and grieve their loss, and made sure those families knew that not only would that service and sacrifice be honored, but that they would too.” “They will continue to get the support they need as they work through what no family wants to go through,” he said.

Photo: Sgt.  William Rivers, SPC Breonna Moffett, and SPC Kennedy Sanders.

Sgt. William Rivers, SPC Breonna Moffett, and SPC Kennedy Sanders.

US Army Reserve Command

During those phone calls, Biden gauged families’ feelings about his attendance at the dignified transfer in Dover, Kirby said.

He added, “They all supported his presence there, so the president will go to a dignified transfer on Friday.”

Deputy Press Secretary Olivia Dalton said Thursday that it is protocol for the president to ask Gold Star families for permission to attend a dignified transfer.

Photo: President Joe Biden boards Air Force One before departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Aug. 29, 2021.

President Joe Biden boards Air Force One before departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Aug. 29, 2021. Biden travels to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to attend the dignified transfer of 13 members of the U.S. military killed in Afghanistan last week.

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This will be the second time Biden has attended this somber occasion since taking office.

He last attended a dignified transfer in August 2021 to receive the remains of service members killed in the Kabul Airport bombing in Afghanistan.

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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