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Air Force chief says he takes personal responsibility for errors at Dover mortuary
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Air Force's top general told a congressional panel Thursday that he takes personal responsibility for incidents in which remains of U.S. war dead were mishandled at the Dover military mortuary in 2009.
Gen. Norton Schwartz was asked about the matter at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He said there is no uncertainty today at Dover about the standards of performance that must be met.
So far the Air Force has disciplined ' but not fired ' three supervisors at the Dover mortuary: a colonel who was in command there and two civilians. Col. Robert Edmondson has since been placed in a non-command position at the Pentagon; Trevor Dean and Quinton R. Keel were moved to other, lower-paying jobs at Dover.