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97th Air Mobility Wing POW/MIA Recognition Day

POW/MIA recognition run

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Xander Young, 97th Air Mobility Wing Honor Guard, stands ready to present the U.S. and POW/MIA flags to the first group of runners during the 24-hour POW/MIA remembrance run Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. In addition to the moving vigil a list of names of the almost 82,000 missing American servicemen and women were read aloud. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

POW/MIA recognition run

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Xander Young, 97th Air Mobility Wing Honor Guard, stands in front of three other Honor Guard members ready to present the U.S. and POW/MIA flags, during a 24-hour POW/MIA remembrance run Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. During the run, the flags were in motion for 24 hours in remembrance of those who are prisoners of war and missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

POW/MIA recognition run

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Pavelschak, 97th Air Mobility Wing vice commander, gives opening remarks stressing the importance of POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 after families of more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs demanded full accountability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

POW/MIA recognition run

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Hanks, 97th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control Standardization and Evaluation non-commissioned officer in charge, thanks participants at the POW/MIA Recognition Day event Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Tech. Sgt. Hanks planned and coordinated the POW/MIA event with the help of Tech. Sgt Seth Roese, the Warrior 5-6 Council and Air Force Sergeants Association. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

POW/MIA recognition run

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Clinton Collins, 97th Air Mobility Wing Airman Leadership School Commandant, carries the U.S. flag while leading ALS students during a 24-hour POW/MIA event, Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Over 90 members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing participated in the remembrance run. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

POW/MIA recognition run

Members of Altus AFB Airman Leadership School carry the U.S. and POW/MIA flags during the first hour of a 24-hour POW/MIA remembrance run, Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The event commemorated annually on the third Friday in September honors the memory of all American servicemen and women who are prisoners of war or missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove

POW/MIA recognition run

Tammy Hernandez, 97th Air Mobility Wing Information Protection chief of personnel security, carries the U.S. flag during a 24-hour POW/MIA event, Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Members from around Altus AFB took turns carrying the U.S. and POW/MIA flags, keeping them in constant motion in remembrance of those who are prisoners of war or missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

POW/MIA recognition run

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Logan Sacks, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron Air Operations, carries the POW/MIA flag during a 24-hour POW/MIA event, Sept. 18, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. To date American servicemen and women remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Gulf Wars and other conflicts that took place after 1991. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

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As part of Prisoner of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day the 97th Air Mobility Wing held a 24-hour remembrance run, Sept. 18-19, 2020. Members from around Altus AFB took turns carrying the U.S. and POW/MIA flags, keeping them in constant motion in remembrance of those who are prisoners of war or missing in action. In addition to the moving vigil a list of names of the almost 82,000 missing American servicemen and women were read aloud. 

 

POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 after families of more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs demanded full accountability. President Jimmy Carter and Congress passed a resolution that year making it an official day to be commemorated on the third Friday of September. 

 

This day is meant to honor the memory of and reaffirm our commitment to bring them all home. As the motto emblazoned on the POW/MIA flag reads, “You Are Not Forgotten.”  

 

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) out of the 82,000 missing, 75% of the losses are located in the Pacific theater, with over 41,000 presumed lost at sea (i.e. ship losses, known aircraft water losses, etc.). To date, American servicemembers remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Gulf Wars and other conflicts that took place after 1991. 

 

Want to be a part of the DPAA mission? Air Force personnel can apply for positions on Equal Plus (enlisted only). Officer positions are listed on AMS. For more information on how you can get involved please visit The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s website at https://www.dpaa.mil/.

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