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Defense Health Board Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review subcommittee releases report


Recommends organizational and operational changes

28 Feb 2012
WASHINGTON --  The subcommittee tasked to review operations at the Dover Port Mortuary completed their review and published an 86 page report.

The report was released by the Department of Defense today.

Retired Gen. John P. Abizad chaired the Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review Subcommittee that addressed and made recommendations concerning policies, procedures, and oversight.

The executive summary of the report states, “The subcommittee did not focus its review on disciplinary or retaliatory personnel actions that followed these investigations, which were the subject of another review.”

Instead the report indicates that the subcommittee conducted its work based on several procedural and substantive principles and adopted a comprehensive and long-term approach to addressing the systemic issues underlying the findings cited by previous investigations rather than focusing only on the most recent events.

Among the recommendations are giving the Commander of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations (AFMAO) Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) authority, placing the AFMAO on the list of centrally selected Air Force Commands, and providing the commander with special training to deal with the unique nature of the mission.

 Other recommendations are that the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the Secretary of the Army, should create a command position in the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

The report also recommends that the Secretary of the Army, as Executive Agent, should establish minimum standards of manning, training, and tour length of Service liaison teams at the AFMAO.

The report includes six recommendations regarding Command, Oversight, and Policy; four addressing Operations and Workflow for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES); and ten addressing Operations and Workflow at the AFMAO.

New Jersey Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) who brought many of the allegations of wrong doing to light based on a complaint received from a constituent released a statement about the latest report.

“When I learned last summer that the unclaimed remains of American soldiers had been incinerated, mixed with

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White House responds to Dover Sub-Committee Mortuary Report

Feb. 28, 2012 (9:40 p.m. EST)

WASHINGTON --  Reporters questioned Jay Carney about the Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review Subcommittee report released today indicating that improprieties included mishandling of 9/11 remains.

But the White House Press Secretary could not verify if President Barack Obama had been briefed on the findings.

Though he could not respond to questions during his daily afternoon press briefing, Carney released a statement at 8:30 p.m. this evening.

The statement read, “We are deeply concerned about reports that in 2001, some unidentified portions of remains from the 9/11 attacks were disposed of in a landfill, and about the unacceptable handling of remains at Dover. The President has

Read more: White House responds to Dover Sub-Committee Mortuary Report

Legal complaint against Project Faith by engineer; HELP Center in limbo

There is a legal complaint against Project FAITH, Inc., Project FAITH Phase Two Development, LLC, and Angelwood II Management, Inc., that was filed last September 2011 with the King George Circuit Court by engineer and surveyor J.L Howeth, P.C., for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

Froncé Wardlaw is listed as the registered agent for all three entities named in the

Read more: Legal complaint against Project Faith by engineer; HELP Center in limbo

KGHS makes AP honor roll list

King George High School received recognition last week from the Virginia Department of Education for increasing student participation and achievement for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

The announcement on Feb. 8 cited King George as one of eight Virginia school divisions, among the 367 districts recognized nationwide, by the College Board for simultaneously increasing

Read more: KGHS makes AP honor roll list

February for the Heart!

“February for the Heart is the saying for the month at King George High School (KGHS)! Through the month of February, students and staff will be showing their support of the American Heart Association through fundraising and sweet activities! The KGHS Leadership Council, a group of students made up of all the club, class, and organization presidents and their advisors on campus, put this month’s activities in action to promote the American Heart Association and support staff and family members who have been affected by heart disease, attacks, and other ailments. A goal of $1300 has been set for the month’s fundraising efforts. That is less than a

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