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A civilian currently oversees Arlington National Cemetery, but one Virginia Republican wants to see that left to a military official.
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A civilian currently oversees Arlington National Cemetery, but one Virginia Republican wants to see that left to a military official.

A Virginia congressman wants an Army officer to be the person in charge of Arlington National Cemetery.

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

While 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, says it makes sense in the future that the person in charge of Arlington should be subject to military discipline.

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