POW/MIA Accounting Agency to speed up remains identification

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Members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and Vietnamese support staff screen soil for remains in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam, June 18, 2016. DPAA deployed seven experts to the area in hopes of recovering the remains of three military personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. 	 Armando Velez/Defense Department
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Members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and Vietnamese support staff screen soil for remains in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam, June 18, 2016. DPAA deployed seven experts to the area in hopes of recovering the remains of three military personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Armando Velez/Defense Department

POW/MIA Accounting Agency to speed up remains identification

by: Wyatt Olson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 15, 2016
 JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — The reorganized agency tasked with accounting for the nation’s missing warfighters has improved its communication with family members and boosted cooperation with outside partners to find and retrieve remains, say some advocates involved in the effort.
 
But those observers also wonder whether the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which reached full operational capacity in January, will flounder with the sudden July departure of its first director, Michael Linnington. While DPAA officials say the overhaul and reforms are well-established, critics contend that inefficiencies and lack of transparency still dog the agency.
 
Linnington stayed for only a year, despite repeated promises to families of missing servicemembers that he was in the job for the long haul.
 
“It’s really hard to say what exactly the positives are,” said Ann Mills-Griffiths, chairman of the board for the National League of POW/MIA Families. “Things were in a state of complete flux at the time that Linnington decided to step out.”
 
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