MAY 12 1997
DoD has established a DNA Specimen Repository associated with AFDIL. The Coast
Guard will change from DDPRs to DNA methods to catalogue Coast Guard members
(active and reserve) and identify their remains in case of death due to extreme trauma.
Commandant (G-WKH) shall ensure the following responsibilities outlined in the
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
(AFIP) and the Coast Guard are performed:
Officially request the AFIP to conduct a complete medical investigation of death
(forensic autopsy) under such circumstances as the Coast Guard has authority.
Obtain the necessary authorizations for such procedures from the county, state, local
authorities, and next-of-kin.
Obtain release of remains to the AFIP from the custody of state and local authorities
for medical investigation pursuant to this agreement by whatsoever legal means are
deemed necessary by the Coast Guard. Secure any additional permits and
cooperation necessary for the conduct of medical investigation services.
Instruct Coast Guard members at the scene of death to assist the AFIP staff with
local travel arrangements and to provide access to the scene of death.
Obtain special mission aircraft when necessary to expedite the medical investigation
Assign a Coast Guard employee to attend and assist at the medico-legal
investigation of death. Receive and retain evidentiary material (physical evidence)
other than that pertaining to the medical-legal postmortem examination and to escort
the body in order to maintain the proper chain of custody.
Perform DNA sample collections in accordance with instructions provided by the
DNA Specimen Repository.
Commandant (G-WPM) shall perform the following responsibilities outlined in the MOA:
Coordinate training visits by Director, DNA Repository to the three accession sites.
Superintendent, U. S. Coast Guard Academy and Commanding Officers of Training
Center Cape May and Reserve Training Center Yorktown shall request initial start-
up training from the DNA repository via G-WPM-1 at 202-267-1908 The Director,
DNA Repository is funded to provide this training to all accession sites.