Report: Dover Mortuary Needs Training, Oversight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An independent panel says the military has improved operations at its mortuary in Delaware after being harshly criticized last year for mishandling body parts of fallen troops.

But the group's report says more improvements are needed, including better training of staff and more oversight.

The report to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was released Tuesday by the Pentagon.

Panetta ordered the review last November, after an investigation found "gross mismanagement" at the facility that is run by the Air Force.

The Dover mortuary is entrusted to receive and care for America's war dead, the first stop on U.S. soil for remains of the fallen coming home from the wars overseas.

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