Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Hosts Arrival Ceremony for U.S. Service Members Remains


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MORE THAN 16 HUNDRED AMERICANS WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM ARE STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR, AND
THERE ARE MORE THAN 73 THOUSAND FROM WORLD WAR TWO STILL MISSING. TECH SGT MICHAEL JACKSON
REPORTS ON THE LATEST MISSION TO BRING THESE AMERICANS HOME.
THE US JOINT POWMIA ACCOUNTING COMMAND, OR JPAC, HOSTED AN ARRIVAL CEREMONY FOR THE REMAINS
OF US SERVICE MEMBERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR TWO AND VIETNAM. THE REMAINS
RETURNED TO US SOIL ON A C-17 AT JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM IN FOUR TRANSFER CASES,
WHERE THEY RECEIVED FULL MILITARY HONORS. THEY WERE RECOVERED DURING RECENT JPAC MISSIONS
ACROSS THE PACIFIC THEATER, EUROPE, AND CANADA.
"DURING FY 2012, 80 AMERICANS WERE IDENTIFIED AS MORE THAN 65 TEAMS DEPLOYED TO 24 COUNTRIES,
INVESTIGATING AND RECOVERING OUR MISSING HEROES. SINCE 2003, JPAC HAS IDENTIFIED MORE THAN
740 AMERICANS AND RETURNED THEM HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES."
FOR VETERANS, THE CEREMONY MARKED THE IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING ALL AMERICANS HOME.
"I THINK MOST PEOPLE APPRECIATE THE SERVICE OF THE TROOPS AND HONOR THEIR SACRIFICE. IT'S
SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO AS A NATION TO HONOR ALL OUR VETERANS FROM PAST WARS. THEY SHOULD
ALL BE WELCOMED HOME WITH OPEN ARMS AND BRING SOME CLOSURE TO THEIR FAMILIES AND GET THEM
ON AMERICAN SOIL AGAIN."
THE TRANSFER CASES WILL GO TO THE J-PAC LAB ON HICKAM, WHERE THE PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING
THE INDIVIDUALS WILL BEGIN. TECH SGT. MICHAEL JACKSON, JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII.
JPAC CONTINUES ITS SEARCH FOR THE FULLEST POSSIBLE ACCOUNTING OF MORE THAN 83 THOUSAND
AMERICANS STILL MISSING FROM PAST CONFLICTS. THEIR GOAL IS TO CONDUCT GLOBAL SEARCH, RECOVERY,
AND LABORATORY OPERATIONS IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S PERSONNEL ACCOUNTING
EFFORTS. FROM THE DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY, I'M PETTY
OFFICER AMARA TIMBERLAKE.