POW/MIA Remembrance at Goodfellow AFB

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  • By Airman 1st Class Evelyn J. D’Errico
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

“More than 81,000 Americans remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War and other conflicts,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eric Hobbs, Prisoner of War/Missing In Action master of ceremonies.


Every year on the third Friday of September, the United States observes POW/MIA Recognition Day, dedicated to remembering and honoring the sacrifices made by prisoners of war and those missing in action. 


The 17th Training Wing hosted a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony at the POW/MIA/Medal of Honor Memorial, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 14-15. 


The event included an opening ceremony, a 24-hour run and a closing ceremony for POW/MIA Recognition Day.


This day serves as a reminder of the resilience, courage and commitment displayed by the brave service members who have endured the unimaginable while serving their country.


“It serves as a continuous call to action,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gabriel Perez, POW/MIA committee member. “Urging us never to forget the human cost of war and the unwavering dedication of those in our armed forces, emphasizing the need for accountability and justice for those still missing or imprisoned. In this way, POW/MIA remembrance unites us in reverence for the past and a collective commitment to a better future.”


POW/MIA Day is a dignified occasion that allows us to reflect on the sacrifices made by prisoners of war and those missing in action. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to bring closure to families and ensure that no one is left behind. 


By honoring the bravery and resilience of these individuals, we express our gratitude and commitment to never forget their sacrifices.