The Air Force has reprimanded for a second time a colonel accused of retaliating against workers at the Dover, Del., military mortuary who reported the mishandling of body parts of some of America's war dead.
In a written statement the Air Force said Monday that it issued a reprimand against Col. Robert Edmondson and ordered him to forfeit $7,000 in pay. Last year it reprimanded him and denied him further command assignments after an inspector general's probe found him and two others at Dover to be responsible for "gross mismanagement." He remains in uniform but the punishments are likely to curtail his career.
The Air Force also said it has suspended Trevor Dean, who had served as Edmondson's top civilian deputy at Dover, for 20 days without pay, for his role in the reprisals. A third person accused of taking inappropriate actions against the whistle-blowers, Quinton Keel, resigned before action could be taken against him.