Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

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A possible blood chit sees its first sun light in over 45 years after it was found during a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command mission in Houphan Province, Laos, March 13, 2013. A 14-member specialized recovery team deployed for more than 35 days searching for the remains of two Airmen whose plane crashed during the Vietnam War. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Brian J. Valencia, U.S. Air Force)

U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vladimir Potepenko, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command forensic photographer, takes a break after his dig shift at a recovery site in Savannakhet Province, Laos. May 29, 2013. JPAC recovery teams conduct global operations in support of achieving the fullest possible accounting of individuals lost as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell, U.S. Air Force)

A Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team member uses wet-screening during a JPAC recovery mission in Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam, June 13, 2013. (DoD photo by Cpl. Kristian S. Karsten, U.S. Marine Corps)

Service members assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command place a POW/MIA flag on the wreckage of an aircraft during recovery operations on the island of Espiritu Santo on the Independent Republic of Vanuatu, Aug. 23, 2012. (DoD Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adelita C. Mead)

SGT Darrell Mendiola, a member of Recovery Team 4, works at the screening station as part of a recovery mission in Bin Talong, Laos, Oct. 29, 2012. As recovery teams from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) dig in search of fallen servicemembers, the dirt is put into buckets and buckets passed to a screening station. There, members of the team and local workers sift the dirt through screens in hopes of finding evidence that could possibly help in locating, recovering and identifying the unaccounted-for. (DoD photo by Seaman Clifford Bailey)
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The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s mission is to conduct global search, recovery and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts in order to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts. Click here to learn more


JPAC History Research and Analysis
Our humanitarian mission began in 1973, focusing on Americans still missing in Southeast Asia. In 1976, the search expanded to include the search for unaccounted for Americans from all past conflicts focusing on World War II through the Cold War. On Oct. 1, 2003, the Department of Defense...More

The accounting process is organized into the following areas: research and analysis operations, investigation and recovery operations and labratory operations. Working alongside other U.S. and foreign specialists, JPAC personnel investigate, recover and identify remains and physical evidence of...More
Investigation and Recovery Central Identification Laboratory
After all available evidence and information is compiled and analyzed, an investigative team deploys to potential sites. Each JPAC team consists of four to 15 people, depending on circumstances, including a team leader, analyst, linguist,...More The CIL is the most scientifically diverse skeletal identification laboratory in the world and is staffed by more than 60 forensic anthropologists, archaeologists and odontologists (dentists). In 2008, the CIL became the second federal laboratory to...More




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