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PACAF bases observe POW/MIA Recognition Day

Airmen from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Sergeant’s Association present arms during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony kicks off this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members (as of April 2015) in all branches of service. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz/Released)

Airmen from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Sergeant’s Association present arms during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony kicks off this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members (as of April 2015) in all branches of service. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz/Released)

Participants start the race during the POW/MIA memorial ruck march Sept. 16, 2015, at Tarague Beach on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Approximately 100 participants attended the ruck march to honor prisoners of war and service members missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Participants start the race during the POW/MIA memorial ruck march Sept. 16, 2015, at Tarague Beach on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Approximately 100 participants attended the ruck march to honor prisoners of war and service members missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Riders from Kadena’s 2015 Prisoner of War/Missing in Action memorial ride drive past Air Power Park as they exit Kadena Air Base, Japan, on their journey to Cape Zampa, Sept. 18, 2015. Riders came together in support of the memorial ride from not just Kadena Air Base, but surrounding military installations as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zackary A. Henry/Released)

Riders from Kadena’s 2015 Prisoner of War/Missing in Action memorial ride drive past Air Power Park as they exit Kadena Air Base, Japan, on their journey to Cape Zampa, Sept. 18, 2015. Riders came together in support of the memorial ride from not just Kadena Air Base, but surrounding military installations as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zackary A. Henry/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ezequiel Rodriguez, 18th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management , Tech. Sgt. Dustin Troyer, 18th OSS deputy airfield manager, Tech. Sgt. Lisa Rodriguez, 18th OSS deputy airfield manager, and Master Sgt. Mauricio Lopez, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO in charge of non-destructive inspection, hold sky lanterns as the significance of the lanterns are explained during the POW/MIA  Sky Lantern Ceremony Sept. 17, 2015, at the Kadena Marina, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The lanterns were lit to honor POWs and MIAs and symbolize hope and remembrance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ezequiel Rodriguez, 18th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management , Tech. Sgt. Dustin Troyer, 18th OSS deputy airfield manager, Tech. Sgt. Lisa Rodriguez, 18th OSS deputy airfield manager, and Master Sgt. Mauricio Lopez, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO in charge of non-destructive inspection, hold sky lanterns as the significance of the lanterns are explained during the POW/MIA Sky Lantern Ceremony Sept. 17, 2015, at the Kadena Marina, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The lanterns were lit to honor POWs and MIAs and symbolize hope and remembrance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen/Released)

Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Air Force Sergeant’s Association salute during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony begins this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members  in all branches of armed  services. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Air Force Sergeant’s Association salute during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony begins this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members in all branches of armed services. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen From Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Honor Guard raise the POW/MIA flag during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, held on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony started this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members in all branches of armed services. The POW/MIA flag symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen From Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Honor Guard raise the POW/MIA flag during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, held on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony started this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members in all branches of armed services. The POW/MIA flag symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Sergeant’s Association present arms during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony kicks off this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members  in all branches of service. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz/Released)

Airmen from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Sergeant’s Association present arms during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony kicks off this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members in all branches of service. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz/Released)

Master Sgt. Rahsha Mitchell, 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron POW/MIA volunteer, informs Col. Daniel Lee (middle), 36th Medical Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Rootes (left), 36th MDG superintendent, Sept. 15, 2015, about the POW/MIA Remembrance Week events at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. A number of events are scheduled this week including a 5K run, ruck march, golf tournament, vigil run and a retreat ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Master Sgt. Rahsha Mitchell, 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron POW/MIA volunteer, informs Col. Daniel Lee (middle), 36th Medical Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Rootes (left), 36th MDG superintendent, Sept. 15, 2015, about the POW/MIA Remembrance Week events at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. A number of events are scheduled this week including a 5K run, ruck march, golf tournament, vigil run and a retreat ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ezequiel Rodriguez, 18th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management and Tech. Sgt. Dustin Troyer, 18th OSS deputy airfield manager, prepare to launch a sky lantern during the POW/MIA Sky Lantern Ceremony Sept. 17, 2015, at the Kadena Marina, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The lanterns were lit in remembrance of POWs and MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ezequiel Rodriguez, 18th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management and Tech. Sgt. Dustin Troyer, 18th OSS deputy airfield manager, prepare to launch a sky lantern during the POW/MIA Sky Lantern Ceremony Sept. 17, 2015, at the Kadena Marina, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The lanterns were lit in remembrance of POWs and MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen/Released)

Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron carry a POW/MIA flag from a 24-hour vigil run at the Marek Park track to a POW/MIA recognition breakfast held at the Officers' Club Sept. 18, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Team Kadena honored service members who were prisoners of war or missing in action with a 24-hour vigil run. The run recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)
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Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron carry a POW/MIA flag from a 24-hour vigil run at the Marek Park track to a POW/MIA recognition breakfast held at the Officers' Club Sept. 18, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Team Kadena honored service members who were prisoners of war or missing in action with a 24-hour vigil run. The run recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)

Members of Kadena Air Base honor guard conduct a Missing Man Table ceremony Sept. 18, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Missing Man table honors prisoners of war and missing in action service members. (US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Emerick/Released)
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Members of Kadena Air Base honor guard conduct a Missing Man Table ceremony Sept. 18, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Missing Man table honors prisoners of war and missing in action service members. (US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Emerick/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 18th Mission Support Group commander, speaks while Tech. Sgt. Ezequiel Rodriguez, 18th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management, holds a light for her during the POW/MIA Sky Lantern Ceremony Sept. 17, 2015, at the Kadena Marina, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The sky lantern ceremony was held to honor POWs and MIAs. This particular ceremony was the first of its kind for Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 18th Mission Support Group commander, speaks while Tech. Sgt. Ezequiel Rodriguez, 18th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management, holds a light for her during the POW/MIA Sky Lantern Ceremony Sept. 17, 2015, at the Kadena Marina, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The sky lantern ceremony was held to honor POWs and MIAs. This particular ceremony was the first of its kind for Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. General Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, delivers the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action breakfast closing remarks, Sept. 18, 2015, at the Kadena’s Officer’s Club, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The breakfast was held in remembrance of the fallen that never returned home or became prisoners of war. (US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Emerick/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Brig. General Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, delivers the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action breakfast closing remarks, Sept. 18, 2015, at the Kadena’s Officer’s Club, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The breakfast was held in remembrance of the fallen that never returned home or became prisoners of war. (US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Emerick/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Evilsizer, 18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, leads the military working dog team for the first lap of the run at Marek Park Sept. 17, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The run recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Various groups and squadrons throughout the 18th Wing signed up for a designated time slot to run during the event in support of more than 70,000 personnel who were prisoner of war or missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Evilsizer, 18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, leads the military working dog team for the first lap of the run at Marek Park Sept. 17, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The run recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Various groups and squadrons throughout the 18th Wing signed up for a designated time slot to run during the event in support of more than 70,000 personnel who were prisoner of war or missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)

The18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team escorts the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag on the first lap of the run at Marek Park Sept. 17, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The flag will be continuously carried around the track by volunteers for the next 24 hours. Also during the run, the names of personnel who were POWs or MIAs, will be read by narrators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)
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The18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team escorts the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag on the first lap of the run at Marek Park Sept. 17, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The flag will be continuously carried around the track by volunteers for the next 24 hours. Also during the run, the names of personnel who were POWs or MIAs, will be read by narrators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)

U.S. Air force Master Sgt. David Ibsen, 320th Special Tactics Squadron combat control, leads Airmen in a 24-hour vigil run at Marek Park Sept. 18, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 600 Team Kadena community members participated in the vigil run with the POW/MIA flag, keeping the flag moving for 24 hours straight in honor of American POWs and MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)
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U.S. Air force Master Sgt. David Ibsen, 320th Special Tactics Squadron combat control, leads Airmen in a 24-hour vigil run at Marek Park Sept. 18, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 600 Team Kadena community members participated in the vigil run with the POW/MIA flag, keeping the flag moving for 24 hours straight in honor of American POWs and MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)

Guest speaker, U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jamie Auger, 18th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, gives opening remarks at Marek Park Sept. 17, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Team Kadena honored and highlighted their commitment to prisoners of war and missing in action with a 24-hour vigil run. This event was also open to all Status of Forces Agreement members to honor the POW/MIA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)
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Guest speaker, U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jamie Auger, 18th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, gives opening remarks at Marek Park Sept. 17, 2015, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Team Kadena honored and highlighted their commitment to prisoners of war and missing in action with a 24-hour vigil run. This event was also open to all Status of Forces Agreement members to honor the POW/MIA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Eli Blue (left) and Staff Sgt. Jeremey Johnson from the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron walked for more than an hour in their personal protective equipment  around Earhart track during the 24-hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 17, 2015. The 24 hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Eli Blue (left) and Staff Sgt. Jeremey Johnson from the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron walked for more than an hour in their personal protective equipment around Earhart track during the 24-hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 17, 2015. The 24 hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

The fallen warrior battle crosses rests at Earhart track during the 24 hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2015. The fallen warrior battle crosse is a symbol that represents the sacrifices and service of military members. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)
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The fallen warrior battle crosses rests at Earhart track during the 24 hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2015. The fallen warrior battle crosse is a symbol that represents the sacrifices and service of military members. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kurt Ward,  first sergeant from the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, stretches before a formation run at the end of the 24-hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2015. The 24 hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kurt Ward, first sergeant from the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, stretches before a formation run at the end of the 24-hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2015. The 24 hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen from the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron run in formation from Earhart track to Atterbury Circle at the conclusion of the 24 hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2015. The 24-hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)
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Airmen from the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron run in formation from Earhart track to Atterbury Circle at the conclusion of the 24 hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2015. The 24-hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen and family members run during the 24-hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 17, 2015. The 24 hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)
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Airmen and family members run during the 24-hour Prisoner of War and Missing In Action remembrance run on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 17, 2015. The 24 hour POW/MIA remembrance run was organized by the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron as a part of POW/MIA week and National POW/MIA Day. Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war. There are 83,344 Americans still unaccounted-for across the Defense Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Airmen from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Sergeant’s Association present arms during a POW/MIA revile ceremony, on JBPHH, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2015. The ceremony kicks off this year’s POW/MIA week, which honors the 1,627 missing or unaccounted for military members (as of April 2015) in all branches of service. Some of the week’s events will include name readings of those missing or unaccounted for, a remembrance run and a honors and heritage ceremony, held at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz/Released)