American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has directed that the Air Force report back to him in 30 days on disciplinary action taken against employees at the Dover Port Mortuary in Delaware.
The Air Force implemented multiple corrective actions as a result of the investigation, officials said.
During a Nov. 10 news conference, Panetta said he wants special attention paid to possible management reprisals taken against those employees.
"As someone who voted for the whistleblower legislation, I directed Secretary Donley to report back to me ... to ensure that all appropriate action has been taken," Panetta said.
The defense secretary also emphasized that one of the military's most profound obligations is to treat service members' remains with dignity and respect.
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans