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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) is committed to being the Department of Defense’s (DoD's) leader in providing medical-legal services and emerging technologies essential for the readiness, sustainability and survivability of our service members. AFMES provides the DoD and other federal agencies comprehensive forensic investigative services, to include forensic pathology, DNA Forensics, forensic toxicology, and medical mortality surveillance. AFMES is not only the single worldwide medical examiner system, but it also supports the entire U.S. federal government.

Official seal of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner SystemMission 

Investigate deaths, Identify the fallen, Improve readiness

Vision 

Be the global leader in comprehensive and innovative medicolegal services enhancing the readiness, sustainability, and survivability of those we serve.

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Mexican-American War remains arrive in U.S. for dignified transfer

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9/30/2016
The skeletal remains of the possible U.S. soldiers were solemnly carried to an awaiting vehicle by the U.S. Army Old Guard ceremonial team, under the watchful gaze of senior military, university and government leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The skeletal remains of the possible U.S. soldiers were transferred for examination to the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

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Skeletal Remains from the Mexican-American War

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9/30/2016
The skeletal remains of the possible U.S. soldiers were solemnly carried to an awaiting vehicle by the U.S. Army Old Guard ceremonial team, under the watchful gaze of senior military, university and government leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The skeletal remains of the possible U.S. soldiers were solemnly carried to an awaiting vehicle by the U.S. Army Old Guard ceremonial team, under the watchful gaze of senior military, university and government leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Skeletal Remains Returned to U.S. Soil

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9/30/2016
On Sept. 28, 2016, approximately 170 years after the war, as many as 13 skeletal remains were returned to U.S. soil and honored during a solemn movement at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On Sept. 28, 2016, approximately 170 years after the war, as many as 13 skeletal remains were returned to U.S. soil and honored during a solemn movement at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory plays a vital role in Korean and Cold War identification

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8/19/2016
Dave McClung, nephew of Marine Master Sgt. William McClung, gets his cheek swabbed for a family reference by Kerriann Meyers, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory Past Accounting Section assistant technical leader. McClung was one of 51 family members to give a cheek swab during the briefings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashlin Federick)

The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory collects, runs and controls a database of family reference samples for past conflicts

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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System welcomes new director

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7/22/2016
Army Col. Louis Finelli (right) receives the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System guidon from Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, Defense Health Agency director of research, development and acquisition, during a Change of Directorship Ceremony July 18, 2016, at the Landings on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Johnson)

Army Col. Louis Finelli was appointed as the new AFMES director

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Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner plays a vital role in death examinations

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7/18/2016
Dr. Howard Harcke, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner forensic radiologist, looks at a CT scan for diagnostic clues at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

Every service member and American citizen who dies in a combat zone must have a medical-legal examination performed by an Armed Forces Medical Examiner

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AFMES Form 25: Histology Request and Specimen Storage

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6/1/2016

Use this form to obtain information/specimens needed for histology tissue processing and/or specimen storage.

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DoD Instruction 5154.30: Armed Forces Medical Examiner System AFMES Operations

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for forensic medicine activities throughout DoD In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02, and provides for the continued operation and governance of AFMES, a component of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under DoDD 5136.13, in carrying out assigned functions, including those under Section 1471 of Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.).

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