U.S. Military Needs Help Transporting War Dead
April 19, 2007 2:56pm CST
The U.S. military is looking for air charter transportation services to help transport human remains of armed service members who die in combat. On March 20, the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., released a pre-solicitation announcement looking for air transportation service "to transport escorts, and human remains of armed service members who die in a combat theather of operations or who die of wounds or injuries sustained in a combat theater of operations."Missions normally originate from the mortuary facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del., but in some intances may originate from other locations. Flight coverage includes the Continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and other North American countries. The charter service must be able to perform four simultaneous missions per day, with each aircraft capable of transporting two casketed humans remains in air trays, and two escorts and luggage. The contractor must be able to perform an estimated 70 movements per month. The military would like to start using the air charter service in August.