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The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command will be led by an Air Force general for the first time, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague will replace retiring Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Tom in October as JPAC commander at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, where he will supervise 450 military and civilian personnel.

McKeague is leaving his assignment as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard matters in Washington, D.C.

JPAC is responsible for recovery, identification and return of the remains of U.S. servicemembers who have been lost in various conflicts around the world.

JPAC recovery teams are currently conducting investigations for missing servicemembers in Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.

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