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2012 Brieflys Archive


A Note from DASD Winfield

It is my honor to have been appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and the Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. Before retiring from a 31 year military career, one of my assignments was the Commanding General of Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, thus I thoroughly understand the importance of ensuring our Nation remembers the sacrifices of our missing warriors. The families who still wait, count on us to work diligently to account for their loved ones-no matter how long it takes.

I am placing increased emphasis on communicating with family members, Veteran Service Organizations, and the accounting community. This website is developed to help you find information about your missing loved one, sign up for Family Updates and read our newsletter "The Torch," order free copies of the 2012 POW/MIA Recognition Day posters, and explain the work that the Department of Defense does to recover our missing personnel. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and comments.

Remains Recoveries in India

In June, the United States and India agreed to resume remains recovery activities in parts of Northeastern India. There are approximately 400 unaccounted-for service members from some 90 aircraft crashes in the area during World War II. Secretary Panetta said, "This is a critical step toward bringing home our service members lost during World War II. The United States and India, working together, can help provide comfort to the families of Americans who were lost during the war." The Department deeply appreciates the close cooperation of the Government of India in helping our teams resume their critical work. Returning our fallen heroes is a top priority of the Department of Defense.



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