U.S. defense secretary announces POW-MIA command change

Published On: Apr 01 2014 07:00:00 AM HST
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be in Hawaii this week as the U.S. hosts a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the first time.

Ahead of his arrival, Hagel announced changes to the embattled Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command.

He says the agency in Hawaii will no longer report to the U.S. Pacific Command and is instead being assigned with other agencies to the Pentagon.

The change aims to establish medical oversight of all research and expand public-private partnerships to recover missing war dead.

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