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Congressman Panetta Appointed to Joint Commission on Prisoners of War and Missing in Action

January 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) has been appointed as the Congressional Co-Chair of the bipartisan U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIAs). 

"I am truly honored for this appointment as providing closure to the family, friends, and loved ones of missing servicemembers is a nonpartisan, necessary, and noble cause,"  said Congressman Panetta.  "The work of the Joint Commission also reaffirms our respective countries' commitment to bolstering bilateral cooperation on POW/MIA issues." 

Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02) was appointed as Congressman Panetta's co-chair on the Joint Commission.

The U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs (USRJC) was established in 1992 by U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russia President Boris Yeltsin to determine the fates of Americans and Russians from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.  Through its Joint Commission Support Division, the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency provides administrative and analytic support to USRJC and conducts research on missing Russian and United States service personnel.