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MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS TASKING AND REPORTING

Date Signed: 1/17/2003
MARADMINS Number: 024/03


R 170900Z JAN 03
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(n)
TO ML MARADMIN(n)
MARADMIN
BT
UNCLAS
MARADMIN 024/03
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC/MRC//
SUBJ/MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS TASKING AND REPORTING//
REF/A/DOC/CMC/YMD:19960415//
AMPN/THE REF IS THE MARCORCASPROCMAN, MCO P3040.4//
POC/ANN HAMMERS/GS13/MRC/-/TEL:(703) 784-9512/-/-//
POC/K. B. WARFORD/GYSGT/MRC/-/TEL:(703) 432-9524/-/-//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. ONCE A MARINE, ALWAYS A MARINE IS MUCH MORE THAN
A PHRASE TO BE SPOKEN. THE MARINE CORPS IS COMMITTED TO PAYING
FINAL TRIBUTE TO A MARINE'S SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY BY PROVIDING
MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS (MFH) UPON THE REQUEST OF THE NEXT OF KIN.
THIS MARADMIN IS BEING RELEASED TO PROVIDE CLARIFICATION ON THE HQMC
POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR MFH, TO ENSURE THE MARINE CORPS PAYS IT'S
RESPECT TO THE MARINE AND FAMILY.
2. UNDER TITLE 10 U.S.C., SECTION 1491 AND IAW DOD MEMORANDUM DATED
DECEMBER 10, 1999, THE MILITARY SERVICES ARE REQUIRED TO ASSIGN THE
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COORDINATION AND DELIVERY OF MILITARY FUNERAL
HONORS TO A SINGLE OFFICE AT THE HEADQUARTERS LEVEL. AS A RESULT,
HQMC HAS ESTABLISHED A MFH TASKING CELL WITHIN THE CASUALTY SECTION
(MRC) THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TASKING AND REPORTING TO DOD ALL
MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS. THE MFH CELL MAY BE REACHED VIA PHONE
OR FAX. A TOLL FREE NUMBER (866-826-3628) HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR
FUNERAL DIRECTORS, FAMILIES AND MARINE CORPS UNITS TO
REQUESTMILITARY
FUNERAL HONORS. THE MFH SECTION CAN BE REACHED AT THE TOLL FREE
NUMBER DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, 0730 TO 1630, EASTERN TIME,
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, OR ON WEEKENDS
AND HOLIDAYS, ALL CALLS TO THE TOLL FREE NUMBER ARE ROUTED TO THE
MFH VOICE MAIL. MESSAGES RECEIVED AFTER 1630, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
WILL BE RETURNED THE NEXT DAY. DURING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS,
MESSAGES
ARE CHECKED AT 1200 AND 1500. ALL CALLS WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED
SHORTLY THEREAFTER. MFH MAY ALSO BE REQUESTED VIA FAX AT (703)
784-9823.
REQUESTS FORWARDED TO HQMC VIA FAX NEED TO BE FOLLOWED WITH A PHONE
CALL TO VERIFY RECEIPT OF THE FAX.
3. UPON RECEIPT OF FUNERAL REQUEST INFORMATION BY THE MFH CELL, THE
HQMC, MFH SECTION ENTERS PERTINENT INFO INTO THE HQMC MFH DATABASE
AND
TASKS THE FUNERAL SUPPORT ACCORDINGLY. FUNERAL SUPPORT IS TASKED TO
THE CLOSET UNIT TO THE LOCATION OF THE INTERMENT, UNLESS OTHER
AGREEMENTS
ARE IN PLACE. THESE AGREEMENTS NEED TO BE APPROVED BY ALL AFFECTED
UNITS AND FORWARDED TO HQMC (MRC). UNITS TASKED BY HQMC (MRC),
WILL
BE PROVIDED A FAX WITH THE PERTINENT INFO. A CONFIRMATION PHONE
CALL
WILL THEN BE MADE TO ENSURE THE FAX HAS BEEN RECEIVED.
4. IN THE EVENT A MARINE CORPS UNIT IS CONTACTED DIRECTLY BY A
FUNERAL DIRECTOR OR NOK, PROVIDE THE FUNERAL HONORS AND INFORM THE
FUNERAL DIRECTOR OF THE PROCEDURES OUTLINED ABOVE IRT THE USMC MFH
TOLL FREE NUMBER. IF THE MFH CANNOT BE SUPPORTED, THE MARINE CORPS
UNIT RECEIVING THE REQUEST WILL COORDINATE WITH ANOTHER UNIT THAT
CAN
SUPPORT THE REQUEST. MARINE CORPS UNITS WILL PROVIDE FUNERAL HONORS
IAW CHAPTER 4 OF THE REF, WITH OR WITHOUT COORDINATION FROM HQMC,
MFH SECTION.
5. ALL MARINE CORPS UNIT MFH POC'S ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT HQMC,
MFH SECTION TO ENSURE THAT CURRENT PHONE NUMBERS ARE ON FILE AT
HQMC, MFH SECTION, NLT 31 JANUARY 2003. THIS WILL HELP TO ENSURE
THAT FUNERAL HONORS TASKINGS ARE RECIEVED AND FUNERAL HONORS ARE
RENDERED.
6. ALL MARINE CORPS UNITS MUST REPORT ALL MFH CONDUCTED TO HQMC MFH
SECTION USING THE MFH REPORT FORM FOUND ON THE HQMC, M&RA WEBSITE
(WWW.MANPOWER.USMC.MIL), SELECT THE LINK FOR FUNERAL HONORS. THIS
FORM WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE UNIT PERFORMING THE HONORS AND
SUBMITTED TO HQMC (MRC) WITHIN 72 HOURS AFTER COMPLETION OF FUNERAL
HONORS VIA FAX (703) 784-9823, DSN
278-9823 OR EMAIL TO MFHREPORTS@MANPOWER.USMC.MIL. ALL MARINE CORPS
UNITS ARE REQUIRED TO VERIFY THE NUMBER OF FUNERAL HONORS INDICATED
IN THE DOD DATABASE FOR ACCURACY, TO ENSURE EACH UNIT RECEIVES
PROPER CREDIT FOR FUNERAL HONORS RENDERED. FUNERAL HONORS MAY BE
VERIFIED AT THE DOD WEBSITE
WWW.DMDC.OSD.MIL/FHDB/OWA/FHDB_MAIN.LOGIN, THE USER ID IS
MR5106 AND THE PASSWORD IS USMC1775. MARINE CORPS UNITS ARE NOT
AUTHORIZED TO CHANGE THE PASSWORD. UPON LOGGING IN THERE ARE TWO
OPTIONS AVAILABLE
A. OPTION 1: GO INTO REPORTS AND SELECT FHDB SYSTEM REPORTS.
THEN SELECT TRANSACTION SUMMARY (THIS WILL INDICATE THE NUMBER OF
FUNERAL HONORS PERFORMED BY UNIT), ENTER THE START AND END DATES
DESIRED, SELECT FUNERALS, AND THEN SELECT GO. TO SEE A BREAKDOWN
OF FUNERAL HONORS COMPLETED BY MONTH, CLICK ON THE RUC AND MCC (UIC)
FOR YOUR UNIT.
B. OPTION 2: GO INTO DATA COLLECTION AND SELECT FUNERAL DATA
SEARCH. HERE YOU MAY VIEW FUNERAL HONORS COMPLETED MONTHLY BY UNIT
OR BY SSN. TO VIEW BY UNIT, INDICATE THE MONTH TO BE CHECKED AND
YOUR UNIT'S RUC AND MCC (UIC).
7. THOSE OF US WHO ARE CURRENTLY HONORED TO WEAR THE UNIFORM MUST
CONTINUE THE LONG LINE OF OUR PREDECESSORS IN UPHOLDING THE
INTEGRITY
OF THESE WORDS. OUR SUPPORT OF FUNERAL HONORS FOR OUR MARINES WILL
SPEAK LOUDER THAN ANY WORDS.
//



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