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Statement To The Media From Acting CDC Director RADM Anne Schuchat, MD

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 12, 2018
Contact: Media Relations  (404) 639-3286

Today marks one month since Commander (CDR) Timothy Cunningham was last seen, and we have not given up hope that he will soon be found. If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon. If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward.

There has been news coverage that Commander Cunningham recently did not receive a promotion. As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect. In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). Over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee.

CDC continues to work closely with the family, Atlanta Police Department, and others in the continuing search for CDR Cunningham. If you have any information which could be helpful, please call 9-1-1 or the Atlanta Police Department at 404-546-4235.