by SSgt Sandra Welch

U.S. Soldiers with the Arizona National Guard carry the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Glen Jacob Whetten, past his grieving family during a dignified transfer ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. March19, 2010. Whetten was killed after the vehicle he was traveling in was struck by an improvised explosive device near Kandahar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sandra Welch/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


I was given the honor of photographing a soldier’s dignified transfer ceremony. Generally photographers are not allowed to take pictures during dignified transfers, however we asked the family if we could take them and they agreed.