Former CENTCOM Leader to Head Dover Port Mortuary Panel

Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander, U.S. Central Command, on Aug. 21, 2003. DoD photo by R.D. Ward.

Retired Army Gen. John Abizaid will chair the panel overseeing the Dover port mortuary, according to Pentagon officials.

Abizaid is replacing former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, who stepped down so he could run for Senate.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked Abizaid to step in. Abizaid has 34 years service in the Army and is the former commander of U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.

The Dover port mortuary review panel is charged with evaluating the efficacy of changes already made to procedures at Dover and to make recommendations for  additional changes if  required. The panel was formed after civilian whistle-blowers complained about how the remains of some fallen warriors were mishandled.

Abizaid will follow the same timeline laid out Nov. 8 for the original panel to report back within 60 days. You can read more about the review panel HERE.


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