President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will attend the dignified transfer for the U.S. service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, the White House announced Sunday morning.
The Biden’s will first meet with the families of the fallen service members and plan to spend several hours at Dover Air Force Base. This is Biden’s first dignified transfer as president, though he attended at least one during his time as vice president.
A suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. service members and injured more than a dozen others outside the Kabul airport on Thursday, as swarms of people waited in the hopes of evacuation from the Taliban-led country. At least 169 Afghans died in the attack as well, according to reports. ISIS-K claimed responsibility in the hours following.
Some of the service members who died were just babies when the invasion in Afghanistan began. Others had not yet even been born. Biden called them “heroes” after the attack and vowed revenge for those responsible. They’re returning to the U.S. in a flag-draped “transfer case.”
“The lives we lost today were lives given in the service of liberty, the service of security and the service of others and in the service of America,” Biden said Thursday evening. “Like their fellow brothers and sisters in arms who have died defending our vision and our values in the struggle against terrorism, of the fallen this day – they are part of a great noble company of American heroes. To those who carried out this attack as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
The Pentagon announced a successful airstrike against an “ISIS-K planner” just one day later.
“The airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. I can confirm, as more information has come in, that two high profile ISIS targets were killed and one was wounded. And we know of zero civilian casualties,” Army Maj. General William “Hank” Taylor said Saturday.
A dignified transfer is a “solemn movement of the transfer case by a carry team composed of military personnel from the fallen member’s respective service,” according to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations. All of the U.S. service members that died from the attack were between the ages of 20 and 31.
Their names are listed below:
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20
Marine Corps. Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 2o
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20
Marine Corps. Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22
Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23
Marnie Corps. Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31