Afghan war’s end quiets chaplain’s litany of funeral prayers


              Gurneys line the walls near the autopsy suite and dental and fingerprinting stations as Director of Forensic Pathology Investigations for Armed Forces Medical Examiner System U.S. Navy, Comdr. Bryan J. Platt walks through the facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Friday, July 9, 2021. The facility is where the remains of deceased service members are processed and autopsies are performed to determine the cause and manner of death. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Sgt. 1st Class Nicole McMinamin, Army Liaison, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, straightens a ribbon rack on a dress uniform in the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The uniform shop is where dress uniforms are prepared so a slain service member can be dressed perfectly one last time. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Senior Chaplain David Sparks pauses during an interview in the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The facility is where dress uniforms are prepared so a slain service member can be dressed perfectly one last time. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Senior Chaplain David Sparks looks at a C-5M Super Galaxy transport plane on the flightline at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The aircraft is one of those used for the dignified transfer of remains, conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base to honor those who have died while serving in a military theater of operations. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Senior Chaplain David Sparks pauses for a quiet moment at Dover Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. Dover Fisher House provides short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover Air Force base to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Chief Hospital Corpsman, United States Fleet Marine Forces, Jessica Zugzda places a neckerchief over the head of a mannequin to display a sample of a dress Navy uniform in the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Friday, July 9, 2021. The uniform shop is where dress uniforms are prepared so a slain service member can be dressed perfectly one last time. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Director of Forensic Pathology Investigations for Armed Forces Medical Examiner System U.S. Navy, Comdr. Bryan J. Platt works with 92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist, U.S. Army, Specialist Junisiah Clemen, during a training session in the autopsy suite at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Friday, July 9, 2021. The facility is where the remains of deceased service members are processed and autopsies are performed to determine the cause and manner of death. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Chief Hospital Corpsman, United States Fleet Marine Forces, Jessica Zugzda prepares a dress Navy uniform in the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Friday, July 9, 2021. The uniform shop is where dress uniforms are prepared so a slain service member can be dressed perfectly one last time. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Senior Chaplain David Sparks pauses for a quiet moment at Dover Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. Dover Fisher House provides short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover Air Force base to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              A crew member walks through an empty cargo hold of a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft on the flightline at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The C-5M Super Galaxy is one of the aircraft used for dignified transfer of remains, conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base to honor those who have died while serving in a military theater of operations. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Senior Chaplain David Sparks arrives at Dover Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. Dover Fisher House provides short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover Air Force base to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Senior Chaplain David Sparks stands in the children's room during a tour of Dover Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. Dover Fisher House provides short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover Air Force base to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              A child's chalk drawing reads "Welcome to the kid's room RIP" at Dover Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. Dover Fisher House provides short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover Air Force base to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              A walk-in cooler stands near the loading dock at Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The facility is where the remains of deceased service members are processed and autopsies are performed to determine the cause and manner of death. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Senior Chaplain David Sparks reads one of the prayers he has saved during an interview in the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The first line reads "Oh Lord, as we gather here to remember and pay tribute to this sailor who stood up for freedom, served his comrades with honor." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              A gate surrounds the Joint Personal Effects Depot on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The depot is where the personal effects of deceased service members are processed as part of dignified transfers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Military uniform guides are stacked in the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The uniform shop is where dress uniforms are prepared so a slain service member can be dressed perfectly one last time. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              A C-5M Super Galaxy transport plane sits on the flightline at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The aircraft is one of those used in dignified transfer of remains, conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base to honor those who have died while serving in a military theater of operations. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Army Capt. Geoffrey C. Mattoon stands among examples deceased service members belongings at the Joint Personal Effects Depot on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. The depot is where the personal effects of deceased service members are processed as part of the dignified transfer. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Tech Sgt. Ashley Harrell, joined by Senior Airman Myguerson Sainvilus, left, and Senior Airman lyana Green right, opens the doors of Dover Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Monday, June 21, 2021. Dover Fisher House provides short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover Air Force base to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)