CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS PROCESSES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 UPDATE THREE:
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SUBJ/CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS PROCESSES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 UPDATE
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 195/20, CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS PROCESSES IN
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 UPDATE TWO.
REF B IS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMO ON UPDATE TO CONDITIONS-BASED APPROACH TO
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 ON PERSONNEL AND MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS.
REF C IS UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE (PERSONNEL AND READINESS (USD(PR)) FORCE
HEALTH PROTECTION GUIDANCE (FHPG) (SUPPLEMENT 20).
REF D IS USD(PR) MEMO ON CASUALTY AND MORTUARY AFFAIRS TRAVEL GUIDANCE.
REF E IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (SECNAV) MEMO ON DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
IMPLEMENTATION OF TRANSITION TO CONDITIONS-BASED APPROACH TO CORONAVIRUS
DISEASE 2019 PERSONNEL MOVEMENT AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS.
REF F IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (SECNAV) MEMO ON DELEGATION OF WAIVER APPROVAL
AUTHORITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN RESPONSE TO
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019.
REF G IS NAVADMIN 099/21, U.S. NAVY COVID-19 STANDING GUIDANCE.
REF H IS NAVADMIN 088/21, SARS-COV-2 VACCINATION AND REPORTING POLICY UPDATE.
REF I IS NAVADMIN 073/21, NAVY MITIGATION MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
OUTBREAK UPDATE 7 (CONDITIONS-BASED APPROACH TO COVID-19 PERSONNEL MOVEMENT
AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS).
REF J IS NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER DOCUMENT ASSESSING REAL
REF K IS NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER U.S. NAVY FORCE HEALTH
PROTECTION WITH CONSIDERATIONS FOR VACCINE EFFICACY.
REF L IS DODI 1300.18, PERSONNEL CASUALTY MATTERS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
REF M IS MILPERSMAN 1770-230, WOUNDED, ILL AND INJURED SAILORS: CASUALTY
REPORTING, NOTIFICATION AND BEDSIDE TRAVEL.
REF N IS MILPERSMAN 1770-270, FUNERAL TRAVEL.
REF O IS MILPERSMAN 1770-271, MEMORIAL SERVICE TRAVEL.
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN supersedes reference (a), Secretary of
Defense (SecDef) directed waiver requirements to mitigate the risk
to the force due to the coronavirus disease 2019 in line with
references (b) through (k) remain in effect. This NAVADMIN
delegates most casualty and mortuary travel waiver approval
authority to the O-6 or GS-15 level with the specific exceptions to
include high risk travel outside of U.S. and territories, travel by
unvaccinated personnel, and unit and next of kin travel to observe
dignified transfers (DT) at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), DE.
Exception requests must take into consideration all receiving and
originating location restrictions as well as airline restrictions.
Commands shall maintain a record of all travel waiver decisions and
forward denials to Navy Casualty Affairs (PERS-00C) to file in the
2. Bedside Travel. Invitational travel to the bedside of a
casualty remains temporarily suspended unless a waiver is granted.
Waivers may be approved by the first O-6 or GS-15 in the casualtys
chain of command when all stages of travel are conducted within U.S.
and territories. Waivers when any stage of travel is outside of
U.S. and territories must be approved by Deputy Chief of Naval
Personnel (DCNP). Travelers who self-fund travel will be reimbursed
within the limits of the Joint Travel Regulations.
3. Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) Notifications and
Casualty Assistance Support. CACO notification and enduring
assistance will be made in person between the hours of 0500-2359
unless an exception is approved by PERS-00C. Commander, Navy
Installations Command (CNIC) Region Commanders (REGCOM) may direct
phone notification or remote support when health or safety risks
preclude safe in-person contact.
4. DT. Family travel to witness a DT at Dover AFB remains temporarily
suspended unless a waiver is granted. Waivers must be approved by
DCNP. Unit member participation is limited to the Commander and Senior
Enlisted Advisor or substitutes designated by the casualtys command. When
authorized by the Commander, Navy District Washington (NDW), the on-call flag
officer will officiate the DT and the Navy carry team will support. When the
on-call flag officer or NDW carry team are unable to support, the Air Force
Mortuary Affairs Operations (AFMAO) Commander or Deputy will officiate the DT
and the AFMAO carry team will support.
5. Escorting Remains of Service Members and Civilian Employees. When remains
are 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 aircraft and ground
transportation within U.S. and territories may be approved by the first O-6
or GS-15 in the escorts chain of command. The proposed escort must be fully
immunized. Exceptions for escorts with travel with any stage outside of U.S.
and territories and for unimmunized escorts, must be approved by the
DCNP. The applicable CNIC REGCOM will assign a departure escort to travel
with the remains to the departure airport and a receiving escort to travel
with the 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 employment of a
6. Funeral Travel. Funded family travel to funerals remains temporarily
suspended until Department of Defense (DoD) travel restrictions are lifted
unless a waiver is granted. Waivers for funded family funeral travel may be
approved by the first O-6 or GS-15 in the decedents chain of command when all
stages of travel are conducted within U.S. and territories. Waivers when any
stage of travel is outside of U.S. and territories must be approved by DCNP.
PERS-00C is the waiver authority for all past conflict cases.
Eligible travelers who self-fund travel will be reimbursed within the limits
of the Joint Travel Regulations.
7. Command Memorial Service Travel. Command memorial service travel remains
temporarily suspended until DoD travel restrictions are lifted unless a
waiver is granted. Non-DoD personnel attending command memorial services on
a CNIC installation must have advance appropriate CNIC REGCOM
approval. Waivers for command memorial travel may be approved by the first
O-6 or GS-15 in the decedents chain of command when all stages of travel are
conducted within U.S. and territories. Waivers when any stage of travel is
outside of U.S. and territories must be approved by DCNP. Eligible travelers
who self-fund travel will be reimbursed within the limits of the Joint Travel
8. Waivers. Commands will use local approval procedures and submit approval
documentation to PERS-00C at firstname.lastname@example.org. In all cases
where waivers are granted, Sailors will strictly follow all Centers for
Disease and Prevention restrictions and Navy guidance.
9. Taking care of our wounded, our Fallen and their families remains a
sacred responsibility. Commanders are encouraged to request assistance in
determining a prospective travelers eligibility for travel benefits before
granting a waiver. Approval of bedside travel in particular should be
carefully scrutinized since law specifically limits travel to those picked by
the member themselves, typically listed on the members Record of Emergency
Data and Dependency Application. All honors details should be uniform in
appearance while performing honors, therefore, all in the honors detail must
be either masked or unmasked.
10. Points of contact for PERS-00C are LCDR Jory Morr, at (901) 874-2183 or
via e-mail email@example.com or Mr. Demond Adams, at (901) 874-
4788 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, at (202) 433-6892 or via
e-mail at email@example.com and Mr. Michael Hill, Casualty
Assistance Specialist, (202) 433-4927 or via e-mail at
11. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
12. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//