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In Fiscal Year 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of 183 U.S. Americans unaccounted-for from past conflicts and made 18 individual identifications of remains included in previous group interments, for a total of 201 identifications. The agency's efforts spanned the globe in search of U.S. personnel lost in our nation's past conflicts. Department of Defense civilians and our joint military team bring several disciplines together for a common goal. Historians and analysts provide planners and in-country detachment personnel the information they need to manage recovery teams during excavation operations. Recovery teams in-turn bring back found materials to the DPAA laboratory for analysis and identification. DPAA also reaches out to families of the missing through family member updates and annual meetings/briefings to review their losses and collect family reference samples. The agency assists in repatriations, disinterments and burials of those who were once unaccounted-for in the effort to lay our fallen to rest and provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation. (U.S. Army graphic by Staff Sgt. Roy Woo)

Photo by: U.S. Army graphic by Staff Sgt. Roy Woo |  VIRIN: 171024-A-ZZ111-003.JPG