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Dover Disgrace Deepens

"Accountability" in the Dover Port Mortuary scandal has now amounted to one fine, a letter of reprimand, and a suspension without pay are all two key figures in this scandal have suffered. How have past command failures been handled by Secretary Panetta’s successor? Here’s a refresher.

Storified by · Mon, May 21 2012 21:42:22

Secretary Gates showed no hesitation in firing people when the Air Force lost track of nukes in flight over America:
Air Force investigates mistaken transport of nuclear warheads – CNNSep 5, 2007 … Six nuclear warheads on cruise missiles were mistakenly carried on a flight from North Dakota to Louisiana last week, p…
AFP: B-52 carried nuclear missiles over US by mistake: militarySep 5, 2007 … "It is absolutely inexcusable that the Air Force lost track of these five nuclear warheads, even for a short perio…
Air Force punishes 70 in accidental nuclear-weapons flightOct 19, 2007 … WASHINGTON — Air Force weapons officers assigned to secure nuclear … in which the U.S. military lost track of its nu…
Incoming, Outgoing CSAFs Reflect a Deeply Changed AFThe Air Force's outgoing chief, Gen. Norton Schwartz, had to clean up a mess left by Gen. Michael Moseley when the service lost track…
And when the scandal over substandard housing for wounded vets at Walter Reed Medical Center broke, Gates fired some more people:
Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army's Top Medical FacilityFeb 18, 2007 … The common perception of Walter Reed is of a surgical hospital that shines as the crown jewel of military medicine. Bu…
Army Secretary Harvey Resigns over Walter Reed Scandal – PBSMar 2, 2007 … Update from the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Army Secretary Harvey Resigns over Walter Reed Scandal: Army Secretary Franci…
In the cases cited above, the SECDEF’s actions were pretty quick in coming. How does Gates’ quick action in these two cases compare to Panetta’s actions in the Dover scandal?
Panetta orders review of discipline in Dover mortuary probe – The …Nov 10, 2011 … Panetta orders review of discipline in Dover mortuary probe … For the first time since the mortuary scandal erupted …
Pentagon defends handling of remains after landfill scandal – Los …Dec 8, 2011 … A case containing the remains of a soldier is transferred at Dover Air Force Base. … Last month, Defense Secretary Le…
Panetta 'comfortable' with response to Dover – Checkpoint …Dec 8, 2011 … Last month, Panetta ordered a review of operations at the Dover mortuary after investigations by the Air Force Inspecto…
The Dover AFB Scandal: One Family's Anguish | The War ReportNov 13, 2011 … Dover Air Force Base mortuary officials sawed off the arm of a slain … time through their lawyer on the mortuary sca…
Probe: USAF punished whistleblowers | Associated PressJan 31, 2012 … WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal investigators have concluded that Air Force officials at the military mortuary in Dover, Del…
And today:
Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowersThe Air Force said Monday that it had fined the former commander of the Dover Air Force Base mortuary $7000 and suspended his top deputy …
New twist to story of Dover mortuary mistakes: colonel who commanded mortuary has received another reprimand, fined $7K. Still in uniform.robert burns
Some early reactions:
Disgusting. RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6Edmond Ryan
Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers http://goo.gl/r5i0vcool girl
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6shana wilcox
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6KucingLaut
Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowersKamal Faridi
Action taken in response to Dover Air Force base mortuary #whistleblower #retaliation – WashingtonPost http://wapo.st/K6nyfJAlevas Consulting
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6Ahmanielle
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6Katy Ricalde
RT @nytjim: “@washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6”TJ Hamrick
RT @washingtonpost Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6Niels Lesniewski
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6Eric Palmer
Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers – Washington Post http://goo.gl/NF3W7Delaware_Guide
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6randomanne
Disgusting. RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6Edmond Ryan
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6VegasGreek
Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers: The Air Force said Monday that it had … http://wapo.st/KtMyuRVirgil
Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers http://wapo.st/KhoAESThe Washington Post
Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers: The Air Force said Monday that it had … http://wapo.st/KhoAESDim
RT @washingtonpost: Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers, http://wapo.st/Khpfq6Mervin Brokke
My closing thought:
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