S E C R E T A R Y O F T H E A R M Y
W A S H I N G T O N
Printed on Recycled Paper
3 April 2009
MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: Army Directive 2009–02, The Army Casualty Program (Dover Media
Access and Family Travel)
a. Memorandum, Secretary of Defense, 25 March 2009, Subject: DoD Policy
Regarding Media Access to Dignified Transfers at Dover Air Force Base.
b. Army Regulation 600–8–1, The Army Casualty Program, 30 April 2007.
c. Memorandum, Director of the Army Staff, undated, Tasking for Coordination of
DoD Implementing Plan for Media Coverage of Fallen at Dover Air Force Base.
2. In reference a., the Secretary of Defense (SecDef) established new Department of
Defense policy for media access procedures and for Family member travel and
attendance at dignified transfers of remains returning from combat theaters of
operations to Dover Air Force Base, DE (DAFB). This directive changes reference b. to
implement the SecDef’s new policies for the Army.
3. The following policies and authorizations will be effective 5 April 2009 for remains
scheduled to arrive from combat theaters of operations at DAFB on or after 6 April
a. The Primary Next of Kin (PNOK), as defined in DoDI 1300.18, will make the
Family decision regarding media access to dignified transfers at DAFB. However, in
cases that involve the return of commingled or subsequent portions of remains, no
media access to the dignified transfer will be authorized. The PNOKs involved will not
be asked for a decision and no Invitational Travel Authorizations (ITAs) will be offered
for the dignified transfer of subsequent portions of remains.
b. The Casualty Notification Officer (CNO) for the PNOK will brief the option to allow
media access to the PNOK at the time of initial notification or as soon as practicable
c. Family members (PNOK plus two additional Family members of the deceased
Soldier) may travel to DAFB via ITAs to