Motto: That others may live...To return with honor...
The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) is a Chairman's Controlled Activity aligned under the Director, Joint Staff J-7. JPRA is designated as DoD's office of primary responsibility for DoD-wide personnel recovery matters, less policy.
JPRA is headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia with schools located in Fredericksburg, VA and Spokane, WA.
DoD personnel recovery mission is important for a number of reasons:
To return isolated personnel to friendly control
deny the enemy a potential source of intelligence
prevent the exploitation of captured personnel in propaganda programs
designed to influence our national interest and military strategy
maintain morale and the national will.