(6) Hospital information desk.
(7) Other local notifications, as required.
(8) Unit commander.
d. Notifications are also required for deceased members who were retired,
family members, and others. These notifications include:
(1) The next of kin (NOK), unless the NOK is not within the area of
(2) Casualty area commander for retired military only.
(4) Red Cross.
(5) Hospital information service.
e. Other responsibilities include the authorization for autopsy (covered in detail
later in this lesson); the safeguarding of personal effects and property; and counseling
of next of kin, including assistance with funeral arrangements.
f. As explained in SC 752, special notification must be made to the U.S. Army
Medical Command about a death of a VIP, General Officer, etc.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF CASUALTY AREA COMMANDER/MAJOR
a. General. Notification of an active duty member's death is made promptly to
the NOK in an appropriate, dignified, and understanding manner as outlined in AR
600-10. Primary responsibility rests with one of the following individuals:
(1) Casualty area commander (CAC).
(2) Major overseas commander (MOC).
(3) Senior Army representative.
b. The CAC is responsible for ensuring that the primary next of kin is notified
with a personal visit by the personal notification officer. The appointment of the
personal notification officer, the procedures used in notification, and the appointment of
the survivor assistance officer are covered in detail in another part of this lesson.