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Advocacy Summit: Arlington Superintendent to Discuss Recent Issues

AdvocacyLogoSmNFDA has added Patrick K. Hallinan, superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, to the program for its Advocacy Summit, March 9-11 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hallinan will take the podium on March 11 to discuss efforts to address deficiencies documented by the Department of the Army Inspector General and widely reported by the press. He will be joined by Col. Jack E. Lechner Jr., United States Army, executive officer of the cemetery.


The changes came as a result of the findings in two reports about management and operational activities at the cemetery – a special inspection of the 624-acre cemetery that was directed in August 2009 and an investigation of the cemetery in November 2009. The investigations were ordered following allegations of improper interment of remains and poor recordkeeping, among other issues.

Hallinan was appointed superintendent on October 10, 2010. He had been detailed from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Department of the Army as acting superintendent since June 10, 2010. Prior to his assignment to Arlington, Hallinan served as director of the Office of Field Programs, National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs since October 20, 2008.

Lechner was assigned as executive officer for the cemetery on June 14, 2010. Since August 2008, he was the Chief, Supply Division, Joint Staff J-4, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for Joint Supply Chain Architecture and equipping Iraqi and Afghanistan National Security Forces. Prior to his arrival on the Joint Staff, Lechner was chief of staff for the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) headquartered in Balad, Iraq. Lechner also spent 10 years in the funeral profession as a licensed practitioner of mortuary science before enlisting in the Army. He is a licensed funeral director in several states, as well as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP).

The 2011 NFDA Advocacy Summit unites six funeral service associations to advocate for important federal issues impacting funeral homes, small business and those they serve: NFDA, Cremation Association of North America, National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, KAVOD – Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels, Order of the Golden Rule and Selected Independent Funeral Homes. For more information about the NFDA Advocacy Summit, visit or call 800-228-6332.