JASH Visits Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

On February 6, JASH was invited to tour the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) facilities at Hickam Air Force Base. JPAC conducts global search, recovery, and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts in order to support Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts. The Command was activated October 1, 2003. The laboratory portion of JPAC, referred to as the Central Identification Laboratory, is the largest and most diverse forensic skeletal laboratory in the world.  JASH visitors were presented an overall briefing on JPAC and its mission, and were taken on a tour of its identification laboratory to see how the identification process is accomplished. Remains of several servicemen were being identified. It was a great opportunity for JASH members to learn about the important role this facility in Hawaii plays to account for Americans from past conflicts and how our country puts so much effort and resources into this task to honor our servicemen and women and their families.

JASH members outside JPAC Central Identification Laboratory on Hickam AFB

JASH members outside JPAC Central Identification Laboratory on Hickam AFB