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Lawmaker wants Army officer to run Arlington cemetery

May. 29, 2013 - 08:25AM   |  
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WASHINGTON — A Virginia congressman wants an Army officer to be the person in charge of Arlington National Cemetery.

Republican Rob Wittman announced Tuesday that he has introduced legislation that would require placement of a commissioned officer in charge of Army National Cemeteries, which has Arlington National Cemetery as its centerpiece.

Although the Army operates the cemetery, it has had civilians in charge there. Outgoing director Kathryn Condon has been credited with fixing mismanagement that led to scandals at the cemetery including reports of misplaced remains.

Wittman, who has conducted oversight hearings on cemetery operations, said it makes sense in the future that the person in charge of Arlington should be subject to military discipline.

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