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)
            
              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)
            
              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)
            
              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)
            
              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)
            
              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)
            
              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)