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Joint effort supports dignified transfer of U.S. senator

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team carry the casket of Sen. John McCain at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. DoD personnel are honoring the former senator, and retired Navy Captain, by providing ceremonial support to his congressional funeral events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team carry the casket of Sen. John McCain at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. DoD personnel are honoring the senator, and retired Navy Captain, by providing ceremonial support to his congressional funeral events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team carry the casket of Sen. John McCain at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. DoD personnel are honoring the former senator, and retired Navy Captain, by providing ceremonial support to his congressional funeral events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team carry the casket of Sen. John McCain at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. DoD personnel are honoring the senator, and retired Navy Captain, by providing ceremonial support to his congressional funeral events. McCain’s family and his remains arrived at JBA onboard an 89th Airlift Wing C-32 aircraft. The 89th Airlift Wing provides global Special Air Mission airlift, logistics, aerial port and communications for the president, vice president, cabinet members, combatant commanders and other senior military and elected leaders as tasked by the White House, Air Force chief of staff and Air Mobility Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

A Joint Service Arrival Team carry the flag-draped casket of Sen. John McCain at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The former senator’s remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jalene Brooks)

A Joint Service Arrival Team carry the flag-draped casket of Sen. John McCain at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The senator’s remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jalene Brooks)

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team render a final salute after transferring the casket of Sen. John McCain from an 89th Airlift Wing C-32 aircraft to a hearse at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team render a final salute after transferring the casket of Sen. John McCain from an 89th Airlift Wing C-32 aircraft to a hearse at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. DoD personnel are honoring the senator, and retired Navy Captain, by providing ceremonial support to his congressional funeral events. The 89th Airlift Wing provides global Special Air Mission airlift, logistics, aerial port and communications for the president, vice president, cabinet members, combatant commanders and other senior military and elected leaders as tasked by the White House, Air Force chief of staff and Air Mobility Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team salute the casket of Sen. John McCain following it's arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The former senator’s remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jalene Brooks)

Members of the Joint Service Arrival Team salute the casket of Sen. John McCain following it's arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The senator’s remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jalene Brooks)

From left, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, Maj. Gen. James A. Jacobson and Col. Samuel J. Chesnut salute a hearse carrying Sen. John McCain's casket at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The former senator's remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

From left, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, Maj. Gen. James A. Jacobson and Col. Samuel J. Chesnut salute a hearse carrying Sen. John McCain's casket at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The senator's remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

The casket of Sen. John McCain arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The former senator's remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

The casket of Sen. John McCain arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The senator's remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis walks with Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain after greeting her at the steps of an 89th Airlift Wing C-32 aircraft upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The aircraft arrived with the remains of McCain and his family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis walks with Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain after greeting her at the steps of an 89th Airlift Wing C-32 aircraft upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. The aircraft arrived with the remains of McCain and his family. The senator’s remains are en route to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The 89th Airlift Wing provides global Special Air Mission airlift, logistics, aerial port and communications for the president, vice president, cabinet members, combatant commanders and other senior military and elected leaders as tasked by the White House, Air Force chief of staff and Air Mobility Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

Joint Base Andrews, Md. -- The flag-draped casket of Sen. John McCain arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 30, 2018. U.S. Department of Defense DoD personnel are honoring the former senator, and retired U.S.Navy Captain, by providing ceremonial support to his congressional funeral events. The highest honor the military and the public can give to a senator is a congressional funeral. The men and women of the Department of Defense are proud to be a part of this historical event.