Return With Honor

U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command hosts Arrival Ceremony

By Tech Sgt. Michael Holzworth, AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau

Service members stand at parade rest before they transfer flag-draped transfer cases during the arrival ceremony.

Service members stand at parade rest before they transfer flag-draped transfer cases during the arrival ceremony. The ceremony was in honor of fallen U.S. service members whose identities remain unknown. The remains received full military honors and represented the losses associated with recent JPAC recovery missions from World War II and the Vietnam War. (Department of Defense photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

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The U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command hosted an arrival ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in honor of fallen U.S. service members whose identities remain unknown. An honor detail composed of joint military members escorted the remains from a C-17 Globemaster III to JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory for analyses. The remains, which received full military honors, represented losses from World War II and the Vietnam War and are from recent JPAC recovery missions in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Belgium, France, Canada and Vietnam. Once the transfer cases arrive at JPAC’s laboratory, the forensic process of identifying the individuals begins. If and when identifications are established, the names will be announced following next-of-kin notification.

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  • Russ Stabler, TSgt (Ret)

    Welcome Home all my brothers.