Wittman: Officer Should Run Arlington Cemetery

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A man stands in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virigina. More than four million people visit the cemetery annually, many coming to pay final respects at graveside services, of which nearly 100 are conducted each week. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

A man stands in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virigina. More than four million people visit the cemetery annually, many coming to pay final respects at graveside services, of which nearly 100 are conducted each week. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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

Republican Rob Wittman announced Tuesday that he has introduced 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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