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					           CASUALTIES BATTLE DRILL
STEPS:

1. Collect all DA Forms 1156 from the battalion
   a. Emailed from the unit.
   b. Receive as much information as possible from the BDE Battle NCO or
      Battle CPT.
   c. Check our IWS for the following information:
       - number and type of casualties (friendly: KIA, WIA, DUSTWUN)
       - location grid
       - unit name
       - date and time group of incident
       - situation/ circumstances of incident (description)
       - call unit for Soldier’s standard name line

2. Ensure that the following information on the DA Form 1156 is filled out
accurately:
   a. report type (initial, supplemental, status change, prognosis of
       injured/ill)
   b. casualty type (hostile, non-hostile)
   c. casualty status (determined by medical personnel)
       - not seriously injured (NSI)
       - seriously injured (SI)
       - very seriously injured (VSI)
       - if casualty results in death use the following casualty status
               - killed in action (KIA)
               - died of wound received in action (DWRIA)
               - non-battle death (NBD)
       - if the casualty is missing use the following casualty status
               - duty status whereabouts unknown (DUSTWUN)
               - Captured
               - enter when casualty was last seen (date/time/place)
   d. category
         - military
         - retired
         - civilian
          - contractor
         - foreign national




 e. information about the soldier
       - social security number
       - name of the soldier
       - race or ethnic group
       - grade or rank of the soldier
       - branch of service the soldier is in (army, air force, marines, and navy)
       - component ( regular, national guard, or reserves)
       - the unit the soldier is in
       - individual body armor (IBA)
       - make sure to put the size
       - helmet
       - eye armor
       - make sure you put what size and what kind of helmet it was
       - type of vehicle the soldier was in
       - what position the soldier was in the vehicle

 f. Incident date and time

 g. Place of Incident and grid

 h. Inflicting Force and Weapons

  i. If the soldier was MEDEVAC’d fill in the Hospital information

  j. If the soldier dies then the following needs to be filled out:
          -death date/time
          -pronounced by
          -place of death (Medical Officer (Md))
          -remains visual id yes/no
          -identified by: rank and name
          -means used to id the body
  k. Circumstances: must cove the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why,
  and how). If the date/time of death is different from date/time the soldier
  was pronounced dead, then give explanation as to why.

  l. Ensure that an O4 or higher verifies the DA Form 1156 before pushing
  it forward.

  m. All death’s will be reviewed by MAJ Cuntz prior to submission to Cas
Ops. If MAJ Cuntz is not present then the XO, LTC Heintzelman, will
review.


3. After all information is received and verified forward all DA Forms 1156
to the following:

        Casualty Ops 50th PSB
        sipr: Bagram Casualty Operations Team
              (BAF_PSB_CASOPS@swa.arcent.army.smil.mil)
        POC: SSG Tuck/SGT Bendel/SPCNash
        phone: 318-231-2252 or 2525

        CJ1 Bridge:
        sipr: cjtf76.cj1.bridge
        phone: 231-2947

        SFC Johnson (NCOIC BCT S1)
        Sipr: Johnson, Tyrun
        Phone: 231-5343

        MAJ MURDOCH (ASST CJ1)
        Sipr: Murdoch, Ian
        Phone: 231-4101

        CPT Ruga (CJI Officer strength Mngr)
        Sipr: ruga, ramsey
        Phone: 231-3019

        Add the following for all KIA soldiers:
        MAJ Higginbotham (BCT S4)
        Sipr: Higginbotham, Michael
        Phone: 231-5022




4. Log-in all casualty reports on Casualty Log under:
     - non-hostile: if the Soldier was injured, ill, or killed while not
     engaged with the enemy
     - hostile: if the Soldier was injured, ill, or killed while engaged with
     the enemy
     - Non-TF Spartan personnel: these Soldiers that are not part of TF
     Spartan

5. Unofficially notify the Rear of the casualty report:

      - Notify the Chief (Casualty Section) Mr. Calladine
      DSN: 312-772-3927 or 312-772-3929 Cell Phone for the on call
      POC is 315-778-5748, Morale number is 312-772-3672
      tell Mr. Calladine that this is an unofficial notification of a casualty
      report: Name, rank, ssn, unit, and casualty status will be given. You
      may give further info if requested by Mr. Calladine. Tell Mr.
      Calladine that LTC Forsyth will get with him for coordination on
      official notification.

      - Notify the Rear Commander LTC Forsyth or Rear CSM 1SG
      Washington at DSN: 312-772-8193 (Morale Operator at Ft. Drum
      312-772-3672) (FAX 312-772-9158), Staff Duty 312-772-4116, tell
      LTC Forsyth/1SG Washington that this is an unofficial notification of
      a casualty report: Name, rank, ssn, unit, and casualty status will be
      given. You may give further info if requested by LTC Forsyth/1SG
      Washington. Tell LTC Forsyth/1SG Washington whether or not Mr.
      Calladine has been notified.       Make sure LTC Forsyth/1SG
      Washington is aware to contact Mr. Calladine for official notification
      procedures.

5. Ensure that Brigade/Battalions prepare Letters of Condolence and
Sympathy IAW AR 600-8-1, chapter 8, for:
        - Categories:
        - KIA
        - DUSTWUN
        - MIA
        - Letters of Sympathy will be written within 7 days after death or
          after submitting the initial casualty report. The first field-grade
          commander in the chain of command prepares and sends the
          official letter of sympathy.
             - Don’t send or date the letter until PNOK has been notified
             - If the PNOK are separated or divorced, prepare and send
               individual letters to each PNOK.
                 - Both Brigade and Battalion S1 will check the Soldier’s DD
                    Form 93 (Record of Emergency Data) to verify NOK
                    names, addresses, whether NOK is still alive, and whether
                    or not the Soldier wants them to be notified or not; prior
                   to mailing all letters of sympathy and condolence.
             -The preparing commander will coordinate with the
               appropriate Brigade S1 and/or CAC (or deployed G1 when so
             designated by the contingency CAC concerned) to ensure that
             all aspects of the letter are proper and correct before sending it.
             -The Brigade Condolence Letter is located on SSG
             Harden’s SIPR computer in the “CASUALTIES” folder
                  -A standard draft of the condolence letter will be
             forwarded on electrons to SP6 for any changes/signature
             with the Soldiers name date.
                  -SFC Johnson will go to the IO in BAF to pick up a copy
             of Ramp Ceremony CD and forward it to the TF Spartan
             S1 in Salerno.
                 -Once the SP6 signs the condolence letter, a copy of the
             Ramp Ceremony CD and Letter will be sent to the families
             of the deceased
            - Do not send Letter of Condolence until at least 24 hours after
              mailing the letter of sympathy
                  -The next higher level of command prepares letters of
                   condolence.
                  - The preparing commander will coordinate with the
                    appropriate Brigade S1 and/or CAC (or deployed G1
                     when so designated by the contingency CAC concerned)
                    to ensure that all aspects of the letter are proper and
                    correct before sending it.

6. Ensure that the Battalions prepare the following:
      - awards (ie…Bronze Star Medals or higher) Must be filled out as a
normal award, there are no shortcuts.
      - badges (ie…Combat Infantry Badge/Combat Medics Badge/Combat
        Action Badge)
      - Eligibility for posthumous promotions is as follows: (AR 600-8-19,
         paragraph 1-22)
            - Soldiers must have been officially recommended for promotion
              prior to death
            - Soldier was unable to accept promotion because of death that:
                     was not due to misconduct
                     did not occur while on unauthorized absence
            -Battalion S1 must prepare a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty)
             and submit through Brigade S1
      - GCMDL (good conduct medal): a deceased first-term enlisted
        Active Component Soldier may be awarded the GCMDL regardless
        of the time spent on active duty, provided the death occurred in the
        line of duty.
       - 15-6 Investigation will be completed on all hostile-casualties.
         All valour awards will be turned in with a completed 15-6.

7. UNIT REPS: The Battalions may send one per deceased, in the grade of
at least E6 from the theatre. This soldier is the Commands representative at
the funeral. It can come from the Rear-D. From Theatre they travel and fly
TDY to FT Drum through Dover with the remains and attend the funeral. It
may be a week or more before the Funeral so they remain with the Rear D at
FT Drum. The follow on orders from FT Drum to the funeral will be cut
through the CAC. Upon completion, the soldier redeploys to theatre through
the Rear-D. You must ensure that the 1610’s for unit reps state that they are
traveling as a “Unit Representative”. This will facilitate their movement to
the funeral.

8. CLOSEOUT THE REPORT
CLOSEOUT 1156 with name of MD that pronounced SM as a casualty and
the Date Time Group that the remains were flown out of theatre. Send this
to CASOPS and to the bridge at CJ1 when the remains fly out of BAF.

9. Prepare information for GOMO.
The unit must prepare a short personal synopsis on each deceased and send
to the BDE S1 and after approval from CJ1 LTC Coulson the synopsis is
forwarded to GOMO. Each narrative is personal about the deceased
highlighting the individual attributes of the SM and their contributions to the
unit and how they will be fondly remembered. “What you would say at a
memorial service.” Nothing derogative should be covered in it.

10. Continue to track all casualties and their duty status


REGULATIONS/FORMS:

CJTF-76 PAMPHLET 1-40
AR 600-8-1 = ARMY CASUALTY OPERATIONS / ASSISTANCE / INSURANCE
AR 638-2 = CARE AND DISPOSTION OF PERSONAL EFFECTS (PE)DA PAM 638-2
AR 600-8-19 = PROMOTIONS
AR 600-8-22 = AWARDS
DD FM 1076 = RECORD OF PERSONAL EFFECTS OF DECEASED PERSONNEL
DA FM 4160 = PATIENT’S PERSONAL EFFECTS AND CLOTHING RECORD
DA FM 7406 = SUMMARY COURT MARTIAL OFFICER CHECKLIST
DA FM 1156 = CASUALTY FEEDER REPORT


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