POW-MIA RECOGNITION DAY

By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON - 9/14/2006 - (AFPN) — As Americans pause to observe POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 15, teams of military and civilian experts will be excavating sites in Europe, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Alaska and Hawaii, looking for remains to help identify service members still missing from past wars.

Teams from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, based at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, will be on the job, working to provide the fullest possible accounting of America's missing and living up to their command's motto, “Until they are home.”

Additional teams are preparing for similar missions next month in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, said Maj. Brian DeSantis, a JPAC spokesperson.

POW/MIA Recognition Day honors the sacrifices America's missing service members and their families have made for the country, said Army Brig. Gen. Michael C. Flowers, JPAC's commander.

But the day also offers an important reminder that the United States is committed to bringing its fallen servicemembers home so they can be returned to their families — and it won't give up, no matter how long it takes or how difficult it might be, General Flowers said.

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