By , Anna Hopkins
Published January 19, 2019
President Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware this morning to receive the bodies of four Americans slain in a suicide bombing in Syria on Wednesday.
U.S. Central Command said in a statement after the blast that two U.S. servicemembers, one Department of Defense civilian and one contractor had died, and another three Americans were injured. Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, confirmed the fatalities and said that they were killed while on a routine patrol of the Northern city of Manbij, Syria.
On Friday, three of the four Americans slain were identified. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York and Defense Department civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri were all named as victims of the suicide blast.
The fourth was identified on Saturday as 27-year-old Ghadir Taher, an Arabic translator from East Point, Georgia. It is believed 16 people died in total.
Heading to the Air Force base Saturday morning, President Trump said he was going to meet with the families, something he said "might be the toughest thing I have to do as President."
The Islamic State took credit for the terror attack, saying that one of its members carried out a suicide mission and detonated his explosive vest. The attack comes just a few days after President Trump announced via Twitter on Sunday his plans to hit ISIS hard before beginning a "long overdue" removal of troops from Syria.
“Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack [ISIS] again from existing nearby base if it reforms,” he wrote.
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer is survived by his wife, four children and parents. He joined the army in 2005 and served six overseas combat tours, USA Today reports.
Shannon M. Kent, a chief crypotologic technician, is also survived by her spouse and two children. She enlisted in the Navy in 2003, following in the law enforcement footsteps of her father, who was the third-highest ranking officer in the New York State Police.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered that flags state-wide were lowered to half mast in honor of Kent, according to New York Daily News.
"We owe her our eternal gratitude for her selfless dedication and sacrifice," Cuomo said, according to the Navy Times.
Scott A. Wirtz, 42, had a large extended family in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He has been a member of the U.S. Navy for eight years, where he worked as a Navy SEAL.
He received countless accolades for outstanding military achievement, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon, Pistol Expert Medal, and, with the intelligence agency, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism, the St. Louis Dispatch reports.
Following the deadly attack on Wednesday, Vice President Pence issued a statement on behalf of himself and President Trump
"President Trump and I condemn the terrorist attack in Syria that claimed American lives and our hearts are with the loved ones of the fallen. We honor their memory and we will never forget their service and sacrifice," the statement read.
"Thanks to the courage of our Armed Forces, we have crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities. As we begin to bring our troops home, the American people can be assured, for the sake of our soldiers, their families, and our nation, we will never allow the remnants of ISIS to reestablish their evil and murderous caliphate – not now, not ever," it continued.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan also issues a response to the deadly attack on Wednesday.
"Allow me to extend on behalf of the Department of Defense our thoughts and prayers to the families and team members of those killed and wounded during today’s attack in Manbij," Shanahan said. "Our fight against terrorism is ongoing and we will remain vigilant and committed to its destruction."
"Today is a stark reminder of the dangerous missions our men and women in uniform perform on our behalf each and every day," he said.
Fox News' Kathleen Joyce contributed to this article