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Wolf Pack honors POW/MIAs who are gone but not forgotten

Leaders from the 8th Fighter Wing and Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group toast during a prisoners of war and missing in action memorial ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2019. There are currently more than 81,000 POW/MIAs, and over 70 percent of them are in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Leaders from the 8th Fighter Wing and Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group toast during a prisoners of war and missing in action memorial ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2019. There are currently more than 81,000 POW/MIAs, and over 70 percent of them are in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

A member of the 8th Fighter Wing base honor guard places a red flower on the prisoners of war and missing in action table during a memorial ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2019. The Wolf Pack dedicated the week in honor of POW/MIA that consisted of several events for the base to participate in, such as a 10 kilometer ruck march, a memorial run and a candle light vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

A member of the 8th Fighter Wing base honor guard places a red flower on the prisoners of war and missing in action table during a memorial ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2019. The Wolf Pack dedicated the week in honor of POW/MIA that consisted of several events for the base to participate in, such as a 10 kilometer ruck march, a memorial run and a candle light vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Longe, 8th Fighter Wing chaplain, gives an invocation during a prisoners of war and missing in action memorial ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2019. Leaders from the Wolf Pack and Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group came together to honor those who are still lost but not forgotten. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Longe, 8th Fighter Wing chaplain, gives an invocation during a prisoners of war and missing in action memorial ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 20, 2019. Leaders from the Wolf Pack and Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group came together to honor those who are still lost but not forgotten. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan (far right), 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, runs with Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group leadership to start a 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action memorial run at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 19, 2019. The Wolf Pack dedicated the week in honor of POW/MIA that consisted of several events for the base to participate in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan (far right), 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, runs with Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group leadership to start a 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action memorial run at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 19, 2019. The Wolf Pack dedicated the week in honor of POW/MIA that consisted of several events for the base to participate in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan (far right), 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, runs with Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group leadership to start a 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action memorial run at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 19, 2019. The Wolf Pack held several events throughout the week, such as a 10 kilometer ruck march, a memorial run and a candle light vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan (far right), 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, runs with Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group leadership to start a 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action memorial run at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 19, 2019. The Wolf Pack held several events throughout the week, such as a 10 kilometer ruck march, a memorial run and a candle light vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Members of the 8th Fighter Wing Honor Guard wait to raise the American flag and the prisoners of war and missing in action flag during the POW/MIA opening ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. The 8th Fighter Wing held several events throughout the week to honor the men and woman who have not returned home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 8th Fighter Wing Honor Guard wait to raise the American flag and the prisoners of war and missing in action flag during the POW/MIA opening ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. The 8th Fighter Wing held several events throughout the week to honor the men and woman who have not returned home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan (center right), 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, talks with Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group leadership before a 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action memorial run at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 19, 2019. The Wolf Pack dedicated the week in honor of POW/MIA that consisted of several events for the base to participate in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan (center right), 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, talks with Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group leadership before a 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action memorial run at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 19, 2019. The Wolf Pack dedicated the week in honor of POW/MIA that consisted of several events for the base to participate in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Members of the 8th Fighter Wing walk during the prisoners of war and missing in action 10-kilometer ruck march at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. Between Sept. 16 and 20, the 8th FW hosted several events including a flag raising, candlelight vigil and a 24 hour run. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 8th Fighter Wing walk during the prisoners of war and missing in action 10-kilometer ruck march at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. Between Sept. 16 and 20, the 8th FW hosted several events including a flag raising, candlelight vigil and a 24 hour run. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, speaks during the prisoners of war and missing in action opening ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. The ceremony was the first event in a weeklong remembrance of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who were lost or captured throughout U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, speaks during the prisoners of war and missing in action opening ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. The ceremony was the first event in a weeklong remembrance of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who were lost or captured throughout U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 8th Fighter Wing Honor Guard raise the American flag with the prisoners of war and missing in action flag as well as the Republic of Korea flag during the POW/MIA opening ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. The 8th Fighter Wing hosted events during the week of Sept. 16 to 20, finishing with a retreat ceremony on National POW/MIA Day, Sept. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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Members of the 8th Fighter Wing Honor Guard raise the American flag with the prisoners of war and missing in action flag as well as the Republic of Korea flag during the POW/MIA opening ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16, 2019. The 8th Fighter Wing hosted events during the week of Sept. 16 to 20, finishing with a retreat ceremony on National POW/MIA Day, Sept. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The 8th Fighter Wing came together to pay a special tribute to service members who are, and were, prisoners of war and missing in action during a week-long memorial from Sept. 16 to 20.

“People associate POW/MIA with U.S. military only, but we are not the only ones who have loved ones who were never accounted for,” said Col. Lawrence Sullivan, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander. “Right here in Korea, both America and the Republic of Korea have POW/MIAs that still haven’t been found. Together, we’re doing everything we can to find them and reunite them with their families.”

To pay tribute to those lost but never forgotten, Airmen participated in several events throughout the week to honor the POW/MIA military members that number over 81,000. Many of those individuals are believed to be in the Indo-Pacific region.

The 8th Security Forces Squadron and the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal members completed a 10 kilometer ruck march wearing their body armor and ruck sacks, combatting fatigue and the beating sun, along with other Wolf Pack members who chose to complete the event.

Airmen from all over base took part in a 24-hour memorial run with each participant being given the name, rank and service of a different POW/MIA service member. The National League of Families POW/MIA flag was carried throughout the entirety of the run, to represent the never-ending hope that every family’s missing loved ones will be found and brought home.

“We have to have faith and the resolve to keep looking for our POW/MIAs,” said Capt. James Longe, 8th Fighter Wing chaplain. “The families and loved ones look to us to keep up the effort and support of finding their loved ones. If we don’t do it, who will? We owe it to those who served before us to bring them home.”

The week ended with a closing ceremony that brought the leadership of the 8th FW and the Republic of Korea Air Force’s 38th Fighter Group together in remembrance. During the ceremony, a member of the honor guard set the POW/MIA table and a charge was given to never forget fellow service members who sacrificed their lives to defend their home.

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