Col. Eric Vitosh, 931st Air Refueling Wing commander, and Col. Joshua Olson, 22nd ARW commander, place a POW-MIA wreath near the McConnell Memorial Walk as part of POW-MIA week Sept. 13, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, KS, UNITED STATES
22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
The POW-MIA week honors the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families.
82,473 Service Members MIA
Leadership from the 22nd and 931st Air Refueling Wings pray for prisoners of war and missing service members before a wreath laying ceremony in honor of POW-MIA week Sept. 13, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.
Currently, there are 82,473 service members MIA.
POW-MIA Recognition Day
Team McConnell Airmen run with the POW-MIA flag as part of a run/walk relay during POW-MIA week Sept. 13, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.
In 1979, congress passed a resolution declaring the third Friday in September as POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Thank you United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Rachel Waller for the photos.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, DE, UNITED STATES
436th Airlift Wing
A member of the Black Daggers, U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Parachute Demonstration Team, glides down with the POW-MIA flag during “Thunder Over Dover: 2017 Dover AFB Open House” opening ceremony, Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
The Black Daggers perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army Special Operations community relations and recruiting.
Thank you U.S. Air Force Roland Balik for the amazing photo.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI, UNITED STATES
Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
United States Air Force Airmen From Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Honor Guard raise the POW-MIA flag during a POW-MIA reveille ceremony, held on JBPHH, Hawaii.
The ceremony started this year’s POW-MIA week, which honors the 82,473 missing or unaccounted for military members in all branches of armed services.
The POW-MIA flag symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.
Thank you U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich for the photo.