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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague (left), commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, alongside U.S. Army Master Sgt. Michael Swam, JPAC’s senior enlisted leader (right), recognizes Dr. Thomas Holland (middle), scientific director for JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory, for earning the T. Dale Stewart Award for lifetime achievement in physical anthropology from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
CIL scientific director honored for stellar career by MC2 Vladimir Potapenko JPAC Public Affairs
Dr. Thomas Holland, the scientific director for the Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory, was recognized on March 11, 2014 for earning the T. Dale Stewart Award for lifetime achievement in physical anthropology from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The award, given annually to a
single recipient, is the highest honor bestowed on a forensic anthropologist for career achievement in physical anthropology in the United States. Holland was selected last year and presented with the honor at this year’s American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference in Seattle, Wash. “I knew T. Dale Stewart and the award couldn’t have gone to a finer scientist and gentleman than
Dr. Tom Holland,” Lowell Levine, former President of American Academy of Forensic Sciences said. “He has built the CIL into the finest institution of its type in the world. Nobody is really even a close second.” For Holland, receiving the award is a huge achievement. “Outside my office hang photos of some of the great scientists who have been associated with the CIL ...Continued on Page 3
Commander’s Corner by Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague JPAC Commander
For over a year, JPAC has experienced an ‘alphabet soup’ of acronyms--GAO, CAPE, and DOD(IG), to name a few. The ensuing inspections, assessments, and/or audits have resulted in published reports and studies, and Congressional and media attention. Ultimately, all of these have informed and shaped the just-released reorganization decision from the Secretary of Defense. Functional constructs, operational practices, and efficiencies and effectiveness have all been examined over the last 18 months.
Conclusions were drawn and the determination made that the organization, processes and resources executing the MIA mission need to be streamlined. As with any major change, there will be steep challenges, significant uncertainty, and inherent turbulence to work through and to overcome. But what will not be streamlined, or compromised, is the Department of Defense commitment to resourcing and fulfilling this mission. Secretary Hagel rightfully described it as a ‘responsibility and obligation’. Unless one sees and experiences firsthand the mission complexities,
operational intricacies, and linked relationships, it’s difficult to comprehend all that’s involved in searching for, recovering and identifying America’s MIAs. These endeavors will not take a pause while the reorganization is in progress. In fact, a good metaphor to describe it is driving a car up the H-3 at 60 mph and changing the engine while doing so. I am convinced the talented and dedicated professionals of JPAC are capable of accomplishing the dual challenge that lies ahead and in doing so, dutifully serving America’s fallen heroes and their families. Until They Are Home.
Take charge: Find the time to volunteer by Master Sgt. Michael Swam JPAC CSEL
With the high tempo of our mission and responsibilities such as family that exist beyond regular working hours, I know that it may be difficult to invest a lot of time volunteering. Still, volunteering is something that we all should strive to do. Not only beneficial for evaluation bullets, volunteering time for a good cause makes a person feel connected to their community and gives them the feeling that they are positively affecting society. By volunteering, a person is contributing to a cause greater than themselves—a reward all of us attached to this command understand well. While it does not matter how you volunteer, it may be wise to look at the opportunities provided within the command. The JPAC Morale Advisory Council has various initiatives such as working the local carnivals, car washes, burrito sales, and various other projects
that are prime opportunities for volunteerism. Always looking for help, all JMAC proceeds go to support command morale, welfare, and recreation projects such as the summer picnic and Easter extravaganza enjoyed by all JPAC teammates and their families. As April is the National Volunteer Month, I ask that everyone at the command looks at how they spend their time and see if they have any space in their schedule to dedicate to helping others through volunteering. Regardless if it is through the JMAC, your church, or just on your own, working for the betterment of society and those around you is never a bad way to spend your time. This is something that can also be instilled at an early age. By teaching our children the benefits of volunteerism, we instill positive values that will carry on to future generations. Until They Are Home. Editorial Staff Mr. Johnie Webb
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through its history in the late 1940s and 1950s. The portrait that hangs closest to my door, and the one that I see every morning, is that of T. Dale Stewart,” said Holland. “He is considered the father of modern forensic anthropology. To have the American Academy of Forensic Science mention my name in the same sentence as Dr. Stewart’s is an unbelievable honor.” Holland joined the U.S. Army Central Identification Laborato-
ry-Hawaii in 1992, becoming the scientific director after a year and a half. While scientific director, Holland led the CIL to become an American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board accredited facility, as well as the first lab in ASCLD/LAB history to have no reportable findings during a 2004 major audit. He has also deployed on recovery missions to North Korea, South Korea, China, Iraq, Kuwait, and
Cambodia. Though recognized for what he has already accomplished in his career, Holland feels he still has much to contribute to the field of physical anthropology. “The problem with a lifetime achievement award is, of course, the underlying assumption on the part of your profession that you’ve reached your peak and aren’t going to do anything else of merit,” said Holland. “I sure hope that’s not the case.”
Photos courtesty of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
(Left) Dr. Donna Knaff, a World War II historian with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, poses with her award-winning book, Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art, following a presentation at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on March 15, 2014. Knaff’s book deals with the depiction of women and their contribution to the WWII domestic and war effort in American graphic art, a fitting topic for the March Hangar Talk centered around National Women’s History Month. (Right) Knaff demonstrates Rosie the Riveter’s famous pose while discussing the depiction of women in popular culture during WWII America.
R&A historian leads Hangar Talk by MC2 Vladimir Potapenko JPAC Public Affairs
Dr. Donna Knaff, a World War II historian with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, gave a “Hangar Talk” presentation at the Pacific Aviation Museum Peal Harbor on Ford Island, Hawaii, March 15, 2014. As part of the talk, Knaff discussed the depiction of women during World War II in popular culture, a topic she covered in her Emily Toth Award-winning book Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art. Coinciding with National Women’s History Month, Knaff’s presentation informed the audience on the tremendous role women played during WWII as part of both war and the domestic labor efforts, and how this
was represented in the popular art of the time. Knaff said that the ability to discuss history, and particularly women’s history, is highly rewarding, and that being chosen for the museum’s monthly “Hangar Talk” was a great honor. Knaff relates the work that went into her book to her duties at JPAC by saying the research she conducted has made her a more well-rounded WWII historian, thus giving her greater perspective as she works to locate the remains of those still unaccounted-for from the war. The impact of women on WWII is felt to this day in the way women currently serve our country. There are currently 28 women unaccounted-for from WWII, with another two in Southeast Asia.
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Know before you go! Stay safe overseas by John McMillan JPAC AT/FP Officer
When the term Force Protection is mentioned, many JPACers immediately think of the civilian guy and the Army NCO who send out the emails, update the training, process the individual anti-terrorism plan and stand over your shoulder as you review your isolated personnel report files. While that is a part of what we do in the J34, it’s only a small part of what you should know as a JPAC traveler overseas. The world is an increasingly dangerous place. The training and paperwork you complete prior to travel are the minimum standard set by U.S. PACOM, but unfortunately it tells you nothing about the threat you may face as you depart on your next mission. By now, most of you have seen the J34 page on the JPAC SharePoint page and some of you may have even taken the time to explore the different countries listed on the Global Threat Dashboard. As you’ve marveled at the pretty pictures and glanced over the threat information beneath them, have you ever wondered why a country may have an assessed Terrorist Threat of ‘Significant’? Have you taken a moment to figure out what that might actually mean to you? If not, why not? Walking down the street to your favorite restaurant and turning the corner right into a crowd of 50,000 angry protesters is probably not the best time to realize that the ‘MEDIUM’ Political Violence Threat assessment you glanced at three weeks earlier, may have been an important thing to follow up on. Here’s a real world case in point: In Thailand during the last week of February, there were three grenade attacks in the city of Bangkok. Two of these were within a mile of the U.S. Embassy. One was only two blocks away from the embassy. One block in the opposite direction was a protest rally point. If you traveled through Bangkok during that time and had no idea this was happening, you
were ill-prepared for the reality of what you may have faced. As scary as this all may sound, there’s a very simple fix: ‘Know before you go!’ The information you need is available to you and is very easy to find! First, start with the SharePoint page. The Global Threat Dashboard contains information on every country JPAC normally travels to. Each country has its own page and you will find the most current State Department travel warnings and advisories. Next, check out your IATP. This is something everyone in JPAC must submit prior to travel and the final product contains a ton of great threat information. Next time you complete an IATP, go to the ‘Matrix’ section and take a look at the information list in that section. Finally, use the shoe leather express or let your fingers do the walking… Our section is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. almost every duty day. You can also reach us 24/7 by Blackberry, if need be. We in the J34 are happy to support and can even give you tips on where to travel and what to look out for, if you desire to take a vacation to some exotic destinations overseas. All free of charge, (the information of course, not the trip)! It’s so easy, you should never have to leave JPAC without knowing everything you need to know to be safe and enjoy your travel. Travel Safe!
JPAC Morale Advisory Council Notes JMAC Easter Extravaganza
JPAC is set to host an Easter Extravaganza on Heroes’ Green, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. As part of the fun there will be sack races, an Easter egg hunt, and other activities for children and adults.
Photo by MC3 Armando Velez
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Melina Curiel, a recovery noncommissioned-officer with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, screens dirt dug up from a shovel test pit with U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer John Turberville, a JPAC augmentee, as part of recovery efforts on a recovery mission in Savannakhet, Laos, Jan. 17, 2014.
Six JPAC personnel recognized during April awards, promotion ceremony Promotions
SFC Isaik Mathiesen - DMSM SFC Matthew Wilkes - DMSM CPT Nicholas Lucas - JSCM SFC Michael Ospina - JSCM SSGT Mercedes Crossland - JSCM SSGT Brian Kimball - JSCM
JPAC Spouses Group April Event
The JPAC Spouses Group will hold a Bunco Night April 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Ka Makani Community Center on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. No Bunco experience is necessary, so if you can roll dice you can play! Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to bring a small prize valued at around five dollars.