At dawn on October 29, at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the bodies of the three DEA special agents and 15 U.S. troops who died recently in Afghanistan were received by President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Michele Leonhart, the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. That same day, the US Embassy Kabul held a ceremony to honor the three DEA agents who lost their lives in the line of duty on October 26. The three special agents - Michael Weston, Chad Michael and Forrest Leamon -- members of the Kabul Country Office, died when the U.S. military helicopter they were on crashed while returning from a joint counter narcotics mission in Western Afghanistan. DOD has now identified the seven soldiers who also died that day. The helicopter was an MH-47 helicopter and the crash occurred in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan. The soldiers names are here.
Our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind. More photos here of the US Embassy Kabul ceremony.