Pentagon officials announced Monday that Retired Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, former commander of U.S. Central Command, will chair the panel tasked to review Dover Air Force Base port mortuary operations.


According to the American Forces Press Service, Abizaid replaces former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, who stepped down from the post Nov. 11 after announcing he was running for a Senate seat.


Pentagon officials announced Monday that Retired Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, former commander of U.S. Central Command, will chair the panel tasked to review Dover Air Force Base Port Mortuary operations.

The mortuary is being scrutinized after federal officials released reports earlier this month describing "gross mismanagement" that led to missing body parts of two servicemen.

According to the American Forces Press Service, Abizaid replaces former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, who stepped down from the post Nov. 11 after announcing he was running for a Senate seat.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tasked the panel with evaluating the changes made to mortuary procedures at Dover and recommend additional changes for the future.

Other members of the panel includes public health and forensic experts, former legislators and a representative of families supported by the Dover Port Mortuary.

This review comes after the Air Force Inspector General and the Office of Special Counsel completed their investigations into the charges.

Panetta has asked the panel for its report within 60 days.