The Army Reserve continues to honor veterans and their families who have served the Nation by ensuring their burial sites are maintained to standards befitting their status as national shrines.
The 88th RSC oversees the fulfillment of that commitment with the physical inspection of seven burial sites located throughout the northwest region.
Col. Kurt Wagner, 88th RSC Director of Public Works, leads the command's cemetery inspection program and said we have a sacred obligation to maintain these sites.
"This country has always treated our graveyards as sacred ground," said Wagner. "This is a part of our history-and after more than 200 years in some cases, we are still maintaining those Soldiers' grave sites."
Out of all the burial sites overseen by Department of the Army, some are located in private cemeteries which were used to re-inter those originally laid to rest in Army cemeteries.
To ensure the cemeteries kept in agreement, local Army Post commanders would visit and inspect the sites annually. Many of the posts no longer exist.
"As a regional support command, the 88th RSC is considered an installation command and our installation is all 19 states in our region," said Wagner.
"So we are responsible for seven cemeteries to include three civilian re-interment sites which are located in Columbus, Denver and Detroit."
"The Army has a responsibility for all of these Soldiers and to their families," said Wagner.
"We conduct a physical inspection of these sites and make sure our Soldiers' and their families' graves are deservingly maintained," said Wagner.
"Is the grass mowed, are the tombstones clean and unbroked, are they in alignment, is the site well maintained? If we find issues we bring them to the cemetery management and work with them until they are resolved."
"The bottom line is we have a commitment to all those who have served our Nation," said Wagner.
"We conduct these inspections and will continue to partner with our civilian cemeteries to ensure our burial sites are maintained and befitting of those resting in them," said Wagner.
"Nothing less is acceptable by the American people - and nothig less is acceptable to us."
88th RSC Directorate of Public Works Director
COL Kurt Wagner
The intent of the Army Memorial Program is to provide lasting honor and to pay tribute to deceased Army military and civilian personnel with records of outstanding and honorable service.
Memorializing an Army Reserve Facility is an inspiring endeavor. It can also be challenging. The 88th RSC Public Affairs Office is your starting point for the memorialization process.
We can provide information and a memorialization process packet that lays out the steps to preparing and submitting an official memorialization request.
88th RSC PAO Chief
Casualty Operations is a function of the 88th RSC's Directorate of Human Resources.
The 88th RSC is responsible for Casualty Notification and Casualty Assistance as well as Military Funeral Honors.
When a Soldier in an active duty status, Retiree, or special category DA Civilian dies, the Casualty Notification and Assistance Program is engaged starting by dispatching a Soldier and a Chaplain to notify the family.
After notification, an Assistance Officer is assigned to each Family. This Soldier provides compassionate assistance for families in a broad range of areas.
Assistance provided to Family Members includes, but is not limited to: transportation; explaining and assisting in applying for an receiving benefits and entitlements; obtaining copies of official records, reports and investigations; legal matters (including tax issues); receipt of personal effects; burial expenses; injury, mortuary and funeral honors assistance; relocation assistance (including shipment of household goods); liaison assistance with other federal agencies; information and referral, including coordinating with outside agencies such as benevolent and philanthropic agencies; as well as emotional and spiritual support.
Military Funeral Honors is a ceremonial paying of respect to the veteran's Family. An honor guard detail of at least two members of the military will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony which includes the playing of Taps and the folding and presentation of the American Flag to the next of kin.
88th RSC Chief of Casualty Operations