The Air Force Casualty Services Program, in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-3002, is tasked to provide “prompt, accurate reporting, dignified and humane notification, and efficient, thorough, and compassionate assistance to the next of kin and/or those designated to receive benefits and entitlements.” In accordance with the 2014 NDAA, as codified by Public Law 113-66, Sec. 633 and AFI 36-3002 (Casualty Services), para 1.11.5 all field grade officers will be trained to perform casualty notification.
The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Casualty Team achieves this requirement by selecting and training field grade officers in accordance with the NDAA and the AFI. The duty of the casualty notification officer is to notify the next of kin with information of the incident and to show that the Air Force is genuinely concerned about its members and their families. Each notification is unique due to the circumstances surrounding the incident.