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Under the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)), and per the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD) formally created one agency responsible for the recovery and accounting of missing service members from past conflicts. Overseen by the USDP and led by Interim Director Rear Admiral Michael T. Franken, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was established on January 30, 2015 to more effectively increase the number of missing service personnel accounted for from past conflicts and ensure timely and accurate information is communicated to their families.
This agency brings together the former Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC), and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL). Consolidating the Department’s personnel accounting assets will lead to better oversight of family resources and services, research, and operations. The agency will enable the workforce to achieve the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel, better anticipate family needs, and adapt to changes in the DoD and the United States Government. The agency will also honor our veterans’ sacrifices and confirm an obligation made to those serving our country.
The new agency will move towards being fully operationally capable over the next year, framed by meeting major milestones. The first milestone occurred on January 30, 2015, when the new agency reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC). In addition to Rear Admiral Franken, the leadership team includes Major General Kelly McKeague as the Interim Deputy Director, and Lieutenant General Michael Linnington as an agency advisor. Until further decision, headquarters will remain in Washington, D.C. with an operational office in Hawaii, and satellite labs in Nebraska and Ohio.
Please continue to check the new agency website for up-to-date information.