Thursday, June 27, 2013

Until they are home

SAVANNAKHET PROVINCE, Laos (May 29, 2013) – 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. 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/Released)

There are over 83,000 American servicemembers still missing from past conflicts.

MC2 Vladimir Potopenko, formerly my Nimitz shipmate, is working with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, in searching for these remains.  Looks like it's pretty hands-on.

Navy divers, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, Company 4, and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, stand with the American flag, and the POW/MIA flag on the wreckage of a B-17 bomber that was shot down and sank during World War II. The team is deployed alongside JPAC aboard the USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53) as part of a 30-day underwater recovery mission for an unaccounted-for service member who went missing during the crash.

You remember MC2 Marty Carey?  He took this photo a while back, during his work with JPAC.

Check out JPAC's website for more information.


Location:  Albuquerque, NM    Miles traveled: 2,292

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