The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has called for disciplinary action against three Port Mortuary supervisors at the Dover Air Force Base who retaliated against whistleblowers who disclosed wrongdoing and mismanagement when handling the remains of fallen soldiers


The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has called for disciplinary action against three Port Mortuary supervisors at the Dover Air Force Base who retaliated against whistleblowers who disclosed wrongdoing and mismanagement when handling the remains of fallen soldiers.

The independent federal investigative agency released a report last week that detailed the retaliation against four mortuary employees who came forward to expose the wrongdoing.

According to a release by the agency, one of the supervisors has since resigned from the Air Force. The Air Force has begin disciplinary procedures against the remaining two.

The mortuary’s procedures have been under scrutiny after federal investigators released reports late last year that described gross mismanagement that led to missing body parts of two servicemen.

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said the Air Force has committed to improving its internal investigation procedures and the way it remedies whistleblower retaliation claims.

“I am pleased the Air Force has agreed to take further disciplinary action and institute training to prevent whistleblower retaliation in the future,” Lerner said. “The Port Mortuary whistleblowers provided an important service to our country. They courageously stepped forward to report malfeasance and misconduct in the care of our fallen service members. Their actions have resulted in significant improvements at the Mortuary.”