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Consolidation of POW/MIA Mission Moving Forward

By Terri Moon Cronk
SOURCE:  DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, DC – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today the Defense Department will, effective Monday, consolidate into one new agency the organizations that account for U.S. military prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Hagel called for a review early last year to bring together the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint Personnel Accounting Command and related laboratories into a single DoD agency.

“Finding, recovering and identifying the remains of these individuals is one of our highest responsibilities, and I believed that DoD could more effectively and transparently account for our missing personnel while ensuring their families receive timely and accurate information,” Hagel said of the consolidation.

The secretary said the single agency will be accountable, responsive and transparent, with comprehensive oversight of personnel accounting resources, research and operations.

The new agency also will centralize communications with family members of the missing, he said, and “streamline the identification process; centralize budgetary resources; improve the search, recovery, and identification process; and develop proposals to expand public/private partnerships.”  It will initially be headquartered in the Washington area with a decision on its permanent location expected early next year.

Hagel named three flag officers — one from each of the services — to direct the new agency, which will be named with input from the families of POWs and MIAs, a senior defense official said during s background briefing today.

Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken will be the agency’s interim director. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague, JPAC commander, will serve as deputy director, and Army Lt. Gen. Michael Linnington, military deputy to the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, will be the agency’s senior adviser to Christine Wormuth, undersecretary of defense for policy, whose office will oversee the agency.

Franken said he is indebted to the DoD professionals across the department who support POW and MIA identification work.  “Their efforts have been crucial to meeting our mission and fulfilling the commitment to the nation and the families of our missing and unaccounted for heroes,” he said.

“This is something that’s very close to Hagel. It’s an effort he wanted to make sure he addressed prior to his departure,” the senior defense official said.

“Secretary Hagel has said America will remain committed to always bringing home our missing and our fallen,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. “The decisions we are announcing today will ensure that we honor that solemn obligation.”

Some 83,000 Americans are still listed as missing from past conflicts.

 

ASSIGNMENTS / APPOINTMENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPRAH IS HIRING FOR 2015 — JOBS AVAILABLE IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES!

SOURCE:  Blacknews.com

Oprah Jobs and Internships

Nationwide — Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television channel has recently posted three new positions on their website. They are looking to hire a Payroll Administrator, a Health Editor for Oprah.com, and an Executive Assistant for Business and Legal Affairs.Here are the job descriptions:

Payroll Administrator
Will be responsible for the balancing of monthly payroll activity and exercises quality control over the output of payroll. Additionally this position oversees tax filings, responds to payroll inquiries, and assists with miscellaneous accounting related activities.

Health Editor
Will research and write health and wellness content for Oprah.com. This includes searching for and finding relevant material such as articles, books and studies; finding relevant experts and sources; conducting interviews and writing articles or slide shows or video proposal; guiding through build, art, and review with producer.

Executive Assistant for Business and Legal Affairs
Will provide administrative and project support to the Executive Vice President and paralegal(s)/business executive(s) in a high-volume, fast-paced, highly visible in-house Business and Legal Affairs department.

The jobs are available in both New York, New York and Los Angeles, California. Internship positions will also be available soon!

For more details, visit:
www.findinternships.com/2014/04/the-own-internship-program.html

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

SOURCE: Department of Labor

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PHOTO(s) OF THE DAY

SOURCE:  Department of Defense /Defense News Lead Photo

A Team Dover aircraft maintainer stands on the flight line in front of a snow-covered C-5M Super Galaxy Jan. 6, 2015, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Aircraft maintenance operations continued to keep the mission moving even though 1.4 inches of snow blanketed the flight line and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)

A Team Dover aircraft maintainer stands on the flight line in front of a snow-covered C-5M Super Galaxy Jan. 6, 2015, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Aircraft maintenance operations continued to keep the mission moving even though 1.4 inches of snow blanketed the flight line and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)

A U.S. soldier provides security on the perimeter of the Khyber Border Coordination Center at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Jan. 4, 2015. The soldier is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

A U.S. soldier provides security on the perimeter of the Khyber Border Coordination Center at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, Jan. 4, 2015. The soldier is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea, Jan. 7, 2015. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea, Jan. 7, 2015. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)

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