The Office of Decedent Affairs is the focal point for coordinating
casualty related matters and death of an active duty, reserve member, and
dependent in the Coast Guard Seventh District Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Decedent Affairs office are managed for Coast Guard Seventh District through
the Personnel Service Division at Base Miami Beach. Decedent Affairs Officer
(DAO) is responsible for providing the highest level of support to the
Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) and the deceased member’s command.
DAO is committed in supporting all casualty cases with dignity and accuracy.
Assigned CACO will provide direct assistance to the Primary Next-of-Kin
and/or family of the fallen service member with the following to which they
may be entitled:
Funeral and Burial arrangements
Transportation of the Remains/Family
Return of Personal Effects
Military compensation and entitlements
Any Coast Guard unit within Coast Guard Seventh District’ AOR that receives a notification of a casualty is required to prepare a personnel casualty report in accordance with Section 5.A, Personnel and Pay Procedures Manual, PPCINST M1000.2A. Casualty report must be released within 4 hours after receipt of information of casualty.
Upon receipt information that a member on active duty has died, the Sector Commander in whose jurisdiction the Next-of-Kin resides shall appoint a CACO. The CACO will normally be an officer or senior petty officer attached to a unit nearest the locale of the Next-of-Kin's home. As the representative of the Coast Guard, the CACO shall render such assistance to the Next-of-Kin/family as necessary until interment.
DAO: CWO Joanna Santorum @ (786) 510-3595
Alternate DAO: YNC Jessica Castro @ (786) 510-3596
Military Casualty & Decedent Affairs,
Personnel Casualty Report Message, PPCINST M1000.2A
DOD Survivor’s Guide to Benefit (Taking Care of Our Families) 2012
MFH Request Form – fax request to (305) 535-8779
BAS Request Form – fax request to (305) 535-8779