Until They All Come Home: The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency
With more than 83,000 personnel still missing from past and current conflicts, the Defense Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) will not rest until all American servicemembers are recovered, identified and returned to their families. DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for missing personnel to their families and the nation. Over the past year, DPAA, which employs more than 600 military and civilian personnel, was created by consolidating the three organizations that were previously responsible for the accounting mission. The merger of the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Air Force Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL) has led to better oversight of case research, recovery operations and family communications.