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New Chief Named at POW/Missing Personnel Office

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 1998 – A former Army airborne infantryman and Vietnam veteran is the new deputy assistant secretary of defense for prisoners of war/missing personnel affairs.

Robert L. Jones, 54, took his oath of office May 10. He will lead and oversee DoD's daily efforts to locate, account for and repatriate Americans captured or missing as a result of past or current hostile actions.

The POW/Missing Personnel Office provides the expertise, technology and resources to uphold America's commitment to its missing service members, spokesman Larry Greer said. The office also strives to resolve uncertainties by providing case facts to the families of the missing and to Congress and the American public, he said.

Jones comes to DoD from the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he had been special assistant to the assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs since 1993. Before that, he was national executive director of AMVETS -- American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Holder of a black belt in karate, the Decatur, Ill., native served in the Army as an enlisted man and commissioned officer, and his career included assignments in infantry, airborne, ranger and special forces units. Jones also served as a ground liaison officer with the Air Force's 50th Tactical Fighter Wing.

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