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Air Force disciplining 2 supervisors in retaliation against 4 who exposed mishandled remains
DOVER, Del. (AP) ' The Air Force is disciplining two supervisors after an investigation into retaliation against workers who blew the whistle on the mishandling of remains at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary in Delaware.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel released a report Friday that says three officials retaliated against four employees who sought to expose wrongdoing, and it calls for disciplinary action against those supervisors.
Former mortuary division director Quinton Keel has resigned from the Air Force. The Air Force has begun disciplinary procedures against Col. Robert Edmondson, who commanded the mortuary at the time, and Trevor Dean.
Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner says the Air Force has committed to improving investigation procedures and how it addresses retaliation claims.
She says the whistleblowers' actions have resulted in significant improvements at the mortuary.