ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The above Air Force casket photo 2011 has prompted controversy and a major investigation today. The U.S. Air Force casket photo features out of frame the words “Da Dumpt, Da Dumpt … . Sucks 2 Be U”. The airmen are part of the 37th Training Group at Lackland in Fort Lee, Virginia, claims the San Antonio Express-News. Gerry Proctor, spokesman for the 37th Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, confirms the airmen were with 345th Training Squadron at Fort Lee. (The person in the casket is alive and reportedly also part of that squadron.)
The newspaper claims the Air Force Casket photo was snapped on August 23, at Fort Lee Air Transport Apprentice School. The logo in the upper left reads “All American Port Dawgs” — “Port Dog”. Lackland Air Force Base in Texas is investigating the matter, claims the paper.
Air Force Secretary Michael Donley issued a news statement this week denouncing the photo. While photographed in August, the image appeared on Facebook this week.
“We take this matter seriously. [Air Education and Training Command] has initiated a commander directed investigation,” said Donley. “Such behavior is not consistent with our core values, and it is not representative of the airmen I know. It saddens me that this may cause additional grief to the families of our fallen warriors.” The 37th Training Group says their investigation will be concluded in two weeks.