Medical examiner named for new POW/MIA agency
A Navy captain with expertise in DNA analysis has been tapped to lead identification efforts in the newly reorganized defense agency accounting for those missing from former conflicts, according to documents obtained by Stars and Stripes.
Capt. Edward Reedy, director of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System’s DoD DNA Registry, has been named the first medical examiner for the newly reorganized accounting agency, according to a letter from Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson congratulating Reedy on the appointment.
Reedy takes over duties previously held by Tom Holland, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command scientific director and deputy to the commander for Central Identification Laboratory operations. As medical examiner, Reedy will be the “single identification authority” and oversee scientific operations at the CIL, a satellite laboratory in Nebraska as well as the Life Science Equipment Laboratory in Ohio.
The letter, dated Oct. 10, assigned Reedy immediately to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy so he could participate in leadership meetings and activities “necessary to support organizational start-up.” However, the new position won’t officially begin until the new agency is formally established in the coming months.
“As directed by the Secretary of Defense, your mission accomplishment in this position will be critical to completing the transformation of the past accounting community,” Woodson wrote.
“As a leader in a new agency, you will certainly have challenges to overcome. However, your background and experience make you well suited and prepared to help guide the development of this new organization. I know that you will bring same outstanding quality work and dedication to your new position that has characterized your career to date.”
Initial efforts to reach Reedy for comment were not successful.