President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware early on Sunday morning to receive the bodies of the US service members killed in the attack on Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
The two were greeted by Col. William C. McDonald, vice commander of the 89th Airlift Wing; Sara Husemann, wife of Col. Matthew S. Husemann, commander, 436th Airlift Wing; and Col. Chip W. Hollinger, commander of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base.
One Army soldier, one Navy corpsman, and 11 Marines perished in the suicide bombing on the security perimeter of Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday. ISIS-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the devastating attack, saying that it sought to disrupt evacuation efforts of Americans, Afghan allies, and third-party nationals escaping Afghanistan.
The fallen service members are Marines Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan W. Page, Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Lance Cp. Rylee J. McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Navy Hospitalman Max Soviak, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.
According to the White House, the US has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of roughly 114,400 people since Aug. 14.