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SEAL Team Six: Obama honors troops killed in helicopter crash

SEAL Team Six, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden in May, lost members Saturday when Afghan insurgents downed a NATO helicopter. President Obama paid tribute to all of the fallen Tuesday.

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President Obama salutes as he steps off Marine One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday, where he paid his respects to troops killed in Afghanistan Saturday, including members of SEAL Team Six.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

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It is as sobering a duty as any for the commander in chief: bearing witness to the return of fallen servicemembers’ remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

On Tuesday, President Obama cleared his schedule and made the 40-minute helicopter flight to Dover, where the remains of 30 servicemen – including 22 members of the elite Navy SEALs – were brought from Afghanistan. The men died Saturday when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in the Tangi Valley of eastern Afghanistan. It was the deadliest day for US forces in the 10-year war.

Mr. Obama was accompanied by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, along with other military and administration officials.

White House staff provided pool reporter David Nakamura of The Washington Post with background on the proceedings:

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