President Barack Obama is preparing to honor the 30 U.S. soldiers killed Saturday after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.
Their bodies arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday morning.
Obama's unscheduled afternoon trip was kept secret to ensure the security of his helicopter flight to Delaware. Members of the media covering the trip agreed in advance not to report on it until he had landed.
The president's first stop was a private meeting with the families of the fallen.
Col. Dave Lapan told reporters a transfer ceremony would be held later Tuesday afternoon.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Adm. Mike Mullen and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will be among those in attendance, according to ABC News.
Media coverage will be restricted for the event.
The Aug. 6 attack was the deadliest for U.S. Troops since the war on terror began nearly 10 years ago.