CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS PROCESSES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 UPDATE TWO:
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SUBJ/CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS PROCESSES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 UPDATE
NARR/REF A IS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM FOR TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR DOD
COMPONENTS IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE.
REF B IS ALNAV 029/20 STATE AND LOCAL SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS ON DEPARTMENT
OF THE NAVY OPERATIONS.
REF C IS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM DELEGATING FUNERAL HONORS WAIVER
AUTHORITY TO THE SERVICE SECRETARIES.
REF D IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS MEMORANDUM
FOR CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS TRAVEL GUIDANCE.
REF E IS NAVADMIN 189/20 NAVY MITIGATION MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
OUTBREAK UPDATE 6.
REF F IS NAVADMIN 151/20 CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS PROCESSES IN RESPONSE
TO COVID-19 UPDATE.
REF G IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY MEMORANDUM FOR MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS.//
RMKS/1. All other interim guidance necessary to mitigate risk to the force
due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) national emergency in accordance
with references (a) through (e) remain in place. This NAVADMIN supersedes
reference (f) and directs the rendering of military funeral honors for
Service Members and veterans in accordance with reference (g) effective
2. Bedside Travel. Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (DCNP) approval is
required to make bedside travel arrangements for all combat zone evacuations
and Very Seriously Injured and Seriously Injured (VSI/SI) cases deemed
warranted by a DoD physician and where the servicing hospital can support the
visit. Eligible travelers who self-fund travel will be reimbursed within the
authorized limits of the Joint Travel Regulations.
3. Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) Notifications and Casualty
Assistance Support. In-person CACO notification is authorized for Next of
Kin (NOK), unless the applicable Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)
Region Commander (REGCOM) directs phone notification due to the health and
safety risk in the affected location. CNIC REGCOM approval is required for
any in-person enduring CACO casualty assistance support of NOK beneficiaries.
Casualty benefit processing will be prioritized with the most critical
benefits processed first (e.g., Death Gratuity (DG), 365 days of housing
allowance (BAH 365) and Service Members Group Life Insurance (SGLI)) for
eligible beneficiaries. In areas where in- person CACO notification or
continuing contact has not been authorized by the applicable CNIC REGCOM, the
use of alternative beneficiary contact methods (e.g., phone, e-mail, express
mail) will be pursued to enable timely benefits processing.
4. Dignified Transfer (DT). Family travel to witness a DT at Dover Air Base
remains temporarily suspended until DoD travel restrictions are lifted. The
exception approval authority for family travel is DCNP and exceptions will be
considered on a case-by-case basis. To preserve the DoD medical examiner
system and mortuary operations, attendance at DTs by Service Members and
other participants, including those persons who would serve to escort the
remains, must comply with reference (a). To minimize risk of exposure, unit
member participation is highly discouraged. Additionally, the Air Force
Mortuary Affairs Operations (AFMAO) Commander or Deputy, or on-call
general/flag officer will officiate the DT, and the carry team will be
provided by AFMAO.
5. Escorting Remains of Service Members and Civilian Employees.
When remains are being transported by military air or military- contract air,
aircraft commanders will serve as the sole official escort. Exceptions to
allow others to act as an escort of remains to include transport by
commercial airline may be approved by DCNP. Exception requests must take
into consideration all receiving and originating location restrictions as
well as airline restrictions. Applicable CNIC regional casualty offices in
coordination with Navy Casualty Affairs (PERS-00C) will continue to assign a
departure escort to travel with remains to the departure airport and a
receiving escort to travel with remains from the arrival airport to the
receiving funeral home or place of final disposition, unless the CNIC REGCOM
assesses that the health and safety risk in the affected location(s)
precludes the ability of an escort to support the mission. CNIC will
normally utilize an assigned CACO to perform escort duties in order to limit
the number of people to whom the PNOK may be exposed. CNIC REGCOM approval
is required for assignment of escorts other than the CACO, or for any escort
mission requiring ground travel outside of the local area of the escort.
6. Funeral Travel. Funded family travel to funerals remains temporarily
suspended until DoD travel restrictions are lifted. The exception authority
for family travel is DCNP and exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case
basis. With the delay of funeral travel, expenses for the sheltering of
remains will continue to be covered as a primary expense and will not count
against reimbursable allowances. Eligible travelers who self-fund travel
will be reimbursed within the authorized limits of the Joint Travel
7. Present and past conflict/command memorial service travel.
Present and past conflict/command memorial service travel restrictions remain
temporarily suspended until DoD travel restriction are lifted. The exception
approval authority for family travel is DCNP and exceptions will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
8. Waiver requests for non-time critical actions should be endorsed by the
first flag officer or Senior Executive Service (SES) in the chain of command
and routed to PERS-00C who will coordinate the approval process with the
proper decision-making authority. The determination regarding CACO PNOK
notification is time-critical and should be made by the appropriate CNIC
REGCOM. In all cases where exceptions are granted, Sailors will strictly
follow all CDC restrictions and Navy guidance to include avoiding large
gatherings, maintaining social distance and wearing PPE.
9. Taking care of our wounded, our Fallen and their families remains a
sacred responsibility and we will restore the normal levels of support as
soon as the conditions allow.
10. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
11. The points of contact for Navy Casualty Affairs are CDR Jason Eaton,
PERS-00C, 901-874-6854 or via e-mail email@example.com or Mr. Al
Gorski, PERS-00C, 901-874-4559 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
points of contact for CNIC Casualty and Funeral Honors (N00K) are Ms. Nyeika
Hollien, Funeral Honors Program Manager, 202-433-6892 or via e-mail at
email@example.com and Mr. Michael Hill, Casualty Assistance
Coordinator, 202-433-4927 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//