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Austin Says POW/MIA Agency’s Mission Gives Confidence to Service Members in War > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

WASHINGTON — During a Friday visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, the secretary of defense visited the agency charged with attempting to locate, identify and return to families the remains of service members who were lost in combat.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told the civilian and military personnel at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that their mission not only brings closure to families whose loved one never came home from conflict, but it also provides confidence to those who are in the fight today.

“You have a more profound impact on the business than you can imagine,” said Austin. “I spent a lot of time in combat and told them that, whatever happens, I would never leave them if they went down; I would come to get them. That instills great confidence in them and allows them to fight fiercely. No other country in the world can make that claim.”

During his tour of DPAA, Austin was able to see…

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