ANALYSIS

For an example of why military leadership among general staff is increasingly being questioned about moral character and trustworthiness, look no further than Michael S. Linnington, the current director of DoD’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

After Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced on June 19, 2015 that then-Army Lt. Gen. Linnington would retire to assume the duties of directing the newly formed DPAA, Linnington appeared before the National League of POW/MIA Families and proudly announced that he would serve his entire 10-year team as director of DPAA.

That promise to fulfill his 10-year “commitment” to the POW/MIA issue was echoed by Linnington several times after formally taking office last year, telling the Special Operations Association (SOA), the VFW, and family members who have siblings or parents still listed as missing in action from WW II, the Korea War and the Vietnam War.