President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, to honor two U.S. Army pilots killed in Afghanistan this week when their helicopter crashed.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, 33, from Tarrant, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., 25, from Keaau, Hawaii, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, when their helicopter crashed while providing security for troops on the ground in Logar Province, Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle (Department of Defense)

Both Knadle and Fuchigami are Bronze Star Medal recipients and both deployed to Afghanistan in October.

The incident is under investigation.

President Trump traveled to Dover with First Lady Melania Trump, Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, White House aides, and actor Jon Voight who Trump awarded the National Medal of the Arts.

After meeting with the pilots’ family members, President Trump stood silently and saluted as the men’s remains were carried by a group of service members and transferred into a waiting van.

Both soldiers were assigned to a unit from Fort Hood, Texas, where they served as Apache helicopter pilots.

In recent months, Trump has depicted emotional scenes of grieving families at Dover as he has defended his decision to pull American troops out of northeast Syria.

They “scream, like I’ve never seen anything before,” Trump recounted last month. “They’ll break through military barriers. They’ll run to the coffin and jump on top of the coffin. Crying mothers and wives. Crying desperately.”

This marked Trump’s third visit to Dover to honor the returning remains of service members, also known as a “dignified transfer” and what President Trump has called the “most unpleasant thing I do,” ABC News reported.

In 2017, President Trump traveled to Dover after Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed during a counterterrorism operation in Yemen. In January, he visited to pay tribute to four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria.

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