This is the first release of the photograph that I have seen involving the scandal at Lackland Air Force base Texas. With that said, it isn't as I had feared. Obviously this is a staged photo and not involving an actual casualty transport as I had feared. None the less, the conduct is atrocious and it should be dealt with by the Air Force directly and in a forceful disciplinary manner.
There should be no room in our military for individuals and especially non commissioned officers, who would either participate in or tolerate such conduct in their presence. I sincerely hope to read of direct action being taken against those involved in the near future.
Casket photo sparks investigation at Lackland
The commander of the 37th Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, has launched an investigation into a photo of 15 airmen posing with an open casket, in which another airman is posed with a noose around his neck and chains across his body.
“Da Dumpt, Da Dumpt …. Sucks 2 Be U” is written under the photo, which was emailed to Air Force Times. In the picture, tech sergeants and staff sergeants stand with junior airmen surrounding the metallic casket, similar to those used to carry war dead home to the U.S. The purpose of the photo, its inscription and its intended audience are not known. It surfaced one month after the public disclosure that the Air Force’s Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., had lost and mishandled the remains of hundreds of fallen troops.