WASHINGTON, July 9, 2018 —
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Director Kelly McKeague is travelling to Northeast Asia July 8-18, 2018 to acknowledge the longstanding cooperation of the governments and peoples of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the People’s Republic of China in the search for America’s unaccounted-for personnel from past conflicts dating back to World War II.
“Our progress accounting for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel still missing from past wars has been significant, but it would not be possible without the staunch support and strong collaboration of our host nation partners,” said McKeague.
McKeague stressed that the continued cooperation from Japan, South Korea, and China has been essential in providing the fullest possible accounting for DoD’s missing personnel to their families and the nation. He also said the good will generated in jointly pursuing the Agency’s humanitarian efforts in Northeast Asia has contributed to the respective bilateral relationships in each country.
McKeague will also discuss the development of joint initiatives to help accelerate the Agency’s overall efforts in Northeast Asia.
“We welcome and appreciate assistance from our host nation partners in developing new methods and approaches to increase and improve efforts to account for our service members who made the ultimate sacrifice and provide long-sought answers to their families,” he said.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil
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