**Prior to April 30, 2013, JPAC conducted periodic Arrival Ceremonies to provide the public with a symbolic opportunity to honor the remains of fallen service members who had been accounted for from past conflicts. Archived videos and photographs of these ceremonies show flag-draped transfer cases being moved from an aircraft to a vehicle that would bring them to JPAC's Central Identification Laboratory. The presence of the aircraft and the narration to the ceremony unintentionally created the impression that the sets of remains honored during these ceremonies had just arrived. The remains had actually arrived in the weeks since the preceding ceremony, however, and underwent a preliminary screening to verify their attributes and status prior to being honored at the Ceremonies. There was never any intent to mislead anyone, and JPAC regrets any misperceptions. For more information contact the Public Affairs office at 808.448.1940.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (Nov. 30, 2012)
The U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command hosted an Arrival Ceremony Nov. 30 to honor fallen U.S. personnel whose identities remain unknown.
An honor detail comprised of joint military members escorted four flag-draped transfer cases from a U.S. military plane to JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory for analyses.
The remains received full military honors and represented losses associated with World War II and the Vietnam War. They were recovered during recent JPAC missions in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Belgium, France, Canada and Vietnam.
Once the transfer cases arrived at JPAC’s laboratory, the forensic process of identifying the individuals began. If and when identifications are established, the names will be announced following next-of-kin notification.
Falling directly under the U.S. Pacific Command and employing more than 500 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for the fullest possible accounting of more than 83,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts. The ultimate goal of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and of the agencies involved in returning America’s heroes home, is to conduct global search, recovery, and laboratory operations in order to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts.