The base mortuary affairs officer is appointed by the installation commander in accordance with AFI34-242, Mortuary Affairs Program. The base mortuary affairs officer is the base FSS commander, director, or deputy who administers and executes the program for the installation commander.
All deaths involving Active Duty Air Force members will be reported to the Mortuary Officer by the local authorities, base hospital, base command post, security police, commanders, or whoever first learns of death.
The Mortuary Officer is responsible for the administration and operation of all activities related to the Mortuary Affairs program. These include: briefing the PADD of mortuary entitlements, search and recovery of remains of personnel from accidents or disasters, benefits related to funeral home arrangements including burial or cremation, transportation of remains to the final resting place, disposition of personal property of active duty members, escorts, summary court officers (SCO) for active duty members, honors, and paperwork associated with these activities.