DOD Policy Memorandum, Media Access to Dignified Transfers
Policy issued by Secretary of Defense governing media access to the dignified transfer of fallen service members at Dover Air Force Base.
Enhanced Honors for Deceased Service Members
This document includes the following: memo reaffirming OSD's commitment to fallen service member's families; memo on providing honors for deceased military members at final destination airports; operations directive for military escorts for human remains
DoD Instruction 1300.18, DoD Personnel Casualty Matters, Policies and Procedures
Establishes uniform personnel policies and procedures for reporting, recording, notifying, and assisting the next of kin whenever DoD casualties are sustained. Establishes the central DoD repository for casualty information and provides uniform official casualty terms and definitions. Establishes uniform guidelines for obtaining and maintaining emergency notification information.
Joint Publication 4-06, Mortuary Affairs in Joint Operations
This publication provides joint doctrine for mortuary affairs support in joint operations. It outlines procedures for the search, recovery, evacuation (to include tracking of human remains), tentative identification, processing, and/or temporary interment of remains. This publication addresses both the Department of Defense's mortuary affairs responsibilities in regards to civil support duties under United States Northern Command, and to the other geographic combatant commanders. It further addresses the handling of personal effects of deceased and missing personnel.