Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations

 
MORTUARY ROLES
Person Authorized to Direct Disposition (PADD)
The individual who fills this role is usually a family member and is entitled to direct the disposition of the remains. The determination is based on order of precedence as delineated below unless member designates differently on their DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data.

Summary Courts Officer (SCO)
A SCO is a commissioned officer appointed by the installation commander to handle the personal property and effects of deceased active duty personnel and other eligible individuals as specified in AFI 34-511.

Family Assistance Representative (FAR)
The FAR is a military member, appointed by the installation commander, who assists the surviving family with the array of support agencies involved
in providing assistance following the death of a member. The FAR acts as the official link between the family and the Air Force until an accident investigation board is complete or the family no longer wants  unsolicited contact.

Escort
The escort accompanies the remains from the shipping facility to final destination when the two places are not located in the same locale. The PADD requests, by name, a civilian or military "special escort" or requests the Air Force appoint a military escort.