Skip to comments.Gates Signs Policy Change for Dignified Transfer Operations at Dover (Vultures photo caskets)
Posted on 04/01/2009 5:21:58 PM PDT by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, April 1, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has approved a policy change that, under strictly delineated conditions, allows media filming of dignified transfer operations of fallen servicemembers remains at Dover Air Force Base, Del.
The new policy is slated to be implemented April 6, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters today. If immediate family members consent to media coverage, Whitman said, reporters would be provided the basic information on the servicemember and the expected time of arrival of the flight bearing the remains.
The core of the policy, Whitman said, is built around the desires of the family members, and it will be the families that decide whether or not media have access to any of these dignified transfers.
Dovers Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs is the Defense Departments largest joint-service mortuary facility, and the only one in the continental United States. Dover also is the U.S. militarys largest air terminal. Media photography or filming of dignified transfers at Dover was prohibited under the previous policy.
In a March 25 memorandum that outlines procedures for the new policy, Gates wrote hed determined on Feb. 27 that the [Defense Department] policy governing media access to the dignified transfer of fallen servicemembers at Dover Air Force Base would be modified to allow media access, when approved by the immediate families of the individual fallen.
Gates announced last month that he would change the policy that had prohibited news organizations from filming dignified transfer operations at Dover.
We are committed to seeing that Americas fallen heroes are received back to their loved ones and their country with the honor, respect and recognition that they and their families have earned, Gates said at a March 18 news conference.
Media with family consent to cover dignified transfer operations at Dover will be required to conduct themselves in a respectful, quiet manner so as not to disturb the solemnity of the occasion, Whitman said. That concern, he added, also requires filming and photography using only ambient light and sound.
So, if its 2 oclock in the morning, you get lighting that is 2 oclock in the morning-type lighting; if it is raining, its raining, Whitman said. We are not changing the dignified transfer process to accommodate media. What we are doing is accommodating the media to cover the existing dignified transfer process.
Media with family approval to cover Dover dignified transfers would be placed in an area behind the families, Whitman said, noting that the families arent to be filmed or interviewed as they observe transfer operations. Families that agree to be interviewed by media after the transfer operations could do so, Whitman said, but only in a specified area away from the tarmac.
Whitman pointed out that the remains of fallen servicemembers are transported to Dover around the clock in an expeditious manner. When the new policy takes effect, he said, the Dover Air Force Base public affairs office will post to its Web site that a dignified transfer approved for media coverage by the fallen servicemembers family is to take place, along with the time and some other particulars. The media, Whitman continued, also may opt to subscribe to an e-mail notification system that would provide similar information.
The military will take photographs of dignified transfer operations to provide to families that approve media coverage, Whitman said.
Robert M. Gates
Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael J. Basla
I feel sad. My nephew is certain to be deployed for a third tour (he’s done two in Iraq)...this may backfire when the casualties mount.
My prayer is that they are allowed to fight to win.
Disrespectful. Traitorous. A RESPECTFUL photo of our brave fallen could be in good taste, under the right conditions.
That is NOT why the press wants these photos.
The silver lining is that the State Run Media is suffering just like all the other industries taken over by the Socialists. In other words, welcome to mediocrity boys.
A fair share in a dismal outcome isn’t very fair. Given what you intend to do with the pictures of our fallen, let me suggest that YOU - the State Run Media - deserve everything that you will get from getting everything that you want.
Didn't like Gates before he was appointed, when he was appointed or anytime since his original appointment.
60 Minutes, Nightline, MSNBC and CNN would never keep a score card with our dead and maybe President Bush's face on it.
We will never see the anti-military or the flaming f'ing liberals use our dead as propaganda.
Cause I've only got friends over in the sandbox now. All my family has made it back safe and sound. But I sure might find a nice 34 inch Louisville bat to remind the photographers and propagandist that I don't want my family or friends to be made into a prop for a liberal hit piece.
this is cr#p. I'd love to be alone with the first douche bag that was disrespectful of our men.
My absolute loathing for these pathetic parasites is unbound.
calling them vultures is an insult to the species. Ghoul is more like it.