Photo courtesy of JPAC public affairs Photo by Charles Haymond
Members of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command CONUS Annex pose for a photo outside of the lab at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. May 14 following a ceremony to officially announce the JCA’s accreditation by the American Society of Crime Lab Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board. Ralph M. Keaton (center), a founding member of the ASCLD and a member of the committee which developed the original accreditation program that became ASCLD/LAB, served as keynote speaker at the ceremony where he presented the JCA with the accreditation certificate.
JCA earns ASCLD/LAB accreditation by 55th Wing Public Affairs
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command CONUS Annex passed accreditation by the American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board May 14. A comprehensive on-site evaluation of personnel, facilities, and all aspects of the laboratory’s operations were performed by ASCLD/ LAB assessors March 22-23, with the facility earning high praise as well as receiving zero deficiencies.
“Our staff started this accreditation process over a year ago and it is very important to us,” said Dr. Greg Fox, JCA director. ASCLD/LAB is a not-for-profit organization specializing in the accreditation of public and private crime laboratories. The accreditation certifies that the JCA has met a set of internationally recognized standards of operation for forensic laboratories. “It’s a real pleasure to be here representing the ASCLD/LAB and
I want to say congratulations to Dr. Fox and the staff on this major accomplishment,” said Ralph M. Keaton, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony. Keaton is a founding member of the ASCLD and was a member of the committee which developed the original accreditation program that became ASCLD/LAB. More than 400 forensic laboratories, both domestically and internationally, were accredited by the ASCLD/LAB during Keaton’s ...Continued on Page 3
Commander’s Corner by Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague JPAC Commander
This past Memorial Day, I was privileged to attend the 65th Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as “Punchbowl.” It is most appropriate that the Hawaiian name for the area is Puowaina which translates to “Consecrated Hill” or “Hill of Sacrifice.” In his very heart-warming and poignant remarks, Mayor Caldwell shared an interesting thought. He said that those who died on the battlefield would not have thought of their deaths as a sacrifice because of their selfless service and call to duty. Instead, he paid tribute to the fallen as giving “their last full measure of devotion,” which was President Lincoln’s characterization. Quoting from the Gettysburg Address, the mayor also said, “it is rather for us the living to be dedicated here to the unfinished work of those who fought and died.” The military and civilian professionals of JPAC apply an increased devotion and dedication to our nation’s cause to search for, recover and identify American MIAs. Part of those efforts focus on MIAs buried as Unknowns in both U.S. and foreign cemeteries. In Punchbowl alone, there are 2,067 Unknowns from
Photos by MC2 Daniel Barker
Gravestones at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl are decorated with American flags and Hawaiian lei during the Mayor’s Memorial Day ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The ceremony honored veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their nation.
World War II and 788 from the Korean War. Historical and forensic research coupled with anthropological and odontological analyses enable the disinterment and identification of these Unknowns. Of the 78 sets of Korean War remains exhumed from Punchbowl to date, 46 have been identified. Eleven days after Memorial Day, four more Unknowns will be disinterred. JPAC will fulfill its part to honor ‘their last full measure of devotion,” Until They Are Home.
Photos by MC2 Vladimir Potapenko
JPAC volunteers honor Memorial Day by making lei (Left Photo) A group of JPAC personnel and family members, including (from left to right) Rae Phillips, Hope Garo, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Geraldine Harris, Donna Leu, Mary Apodaca, Bessie Smith, Jean Nakagawa, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Myung McBride, make lei for the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as part of Memorial Day observance. (Right Photo) A lei being made by a JPAC volunteer rests on a table in the conference room of the JPAC headquarters building. JPAC volunteers donated and strung together a multitude of plumeria flowers to create more than 100 lei to adorn the graves of military members buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. More than 38,000 lei were donated this year, ensuring each grave at the cemetery was decorated.
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tenure from Sept. 1, 1995 until his retirement on Jan. 1, 2014. “When you are given the stamp of approval for accreditation it means that you have complied with more than 400 standards,” he said. “Your mission here is not well known in society, but you do a great service.” The JCA opened on June 17, 2013. The 23,000 square foot laboratory includes dedicated analytical
The Pursuit space in anthropological and odontological analyses, DNA sampling, imaging (radiographic, computed tomography scanner, and scanning electron microscope), material evidence analysis, and histological analysis. “The staff here has struggled at times as we’ve stood up this facility, but we all know that our petty little problems are nothing compared to the sacrifice of those who we are trying to identity for their
3 family members,” Fox said. JPAC scientists at the annex perform anthropological and odontological analyses in order to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts. “When you have a family that’s been grieving for years and you’re trying to identify their missing loved one, you want to make sure everything is right and everything is transparent,” Fox said. “So that’s why we do this accreditation.”
Spouses Group offers keiki turtle painting class Pictured above is the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Spouses’ Group posing for a photo following their monthly event in May. As part of the event, the spouses took part in a lei making class. For June, the Spouses’ Group plans to hold a painting class for children ages 5-11, Monday, June 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Earhart Community Center on Hickam. As part of the class, children will be instructed on painting a turtle on a 12x16 canvas. The cost of attendance is $25, and children are recommended to wear an old shirt they are not worried about getting dirty. For more information please contact Catherine Meza at 808-557-6758.
Maintenance officer recognized by DoN for excellence in fleet management by MC2 Vladimir Potapenko JPAC Public Affairs
A U.S. Army maintenance officer assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, was recently awarded the 2013 Robert Ronick Navy Fleet Manager Award of Excellence in the Non-FEC Large Fleet category by the Department of the Navy. “It’s an honor to receive an award for doing what I love to do,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeremy Bentley, who has been working at JPAC for two-anda-half years. Bentley was honored for his accomplishments as JPAC’s vehicle fleet manager. He is responsible for planning, organizing, executing, and coordinating all aspects of Federal Motor Vehicle Management, to include administration, operations, and maintenance for more than 124 government-owned vehicles falling under JPAC. During fiscal year 2013, Bentley planned and implemented a vehicle sustainment plan for 32 prepositioned vehicles in South Korea. He also conducted a 100 percent inventory of all Navy-owned, JPACoperated vehicles throughout Southeast Asia, which resulted in complete accountability and data accuracy of 124 vehicles valued at more than $4.8 million. “The maintenance of the vehicle fleet is integral for the execution and success of the JPAC mission of locating, recovering, and identifying our nation’s unaccounted-for heroes,” said Kenneth Lane, JPAC’s J4 deputy director. “Due to Chief Bentley’s diligence, oversight, and planning, the vehicle fleet is kept in perfect running order and ready to accommodate any need that arises. There’s no detail too small for his personal attention.”
Photo by Staff Sgt. Kat McDowell
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeremy Bentley, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command maintenance officer, poses for a photograph after receiving the Department of the Navy’s Robert Ronick Navy Fleet Manager Award of Excellence in the Non-FEC Large Fleet category from NavFac representative Steve Mortimer. Bentley earned the honor for his work as JPAC’s vehicle fleet manager, overseeing more than 124 vehicles belonging to the command.
Though he received an award for his efforts at JPAC, Bentley says that the satisfaction inherent in JPAC’s mission is reward enough. “It’s not about awards,” said Bentley. “It’s nice to be recognized, but I come to work every day because I genuinely feel that what I do contributes to our mission’s success. Being a part of the process of reuniting families with their loved ones is worth more.” “I would also like to mention that this award is a reflection of the hard work of our JPAC J4 team and detachment logistics support personnel,” he said. “No individual can succeed alone, and I am blessed to work with an array of great service members, civilians, and local nationals. Without them, I would not have received this award.” Editorial Staff Mr. Johnie Webb
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(From left to right) Terry Hunter, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command casualty analyst; U.S. Army Capt. Paul Elliott, investigation team leader; and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Todd Wright, team medic, investigate possible evidence and wreckage from a World War II aircraft crash site as part of a JPAC investigation mission in Dreifelden, Germany, April 29,2014.
Eleven JPAC personnel recognized during June awards, promotion ceremony Awards
1SG Daniel Davenport - DMSM SFC Rebecca Davenport - DMSM CPT Paul Elliott - JSCM CPT Nicholas Lucas - JSCM SFC Ernesto Gonzalez - JSCM SGT Lessy Atwood - JSAM
YN2 Sammell Humphries - CoC Gayle Oshiro - CoA Laurence Bejerana - CoA Gary Ikeda - CoA MC2 Vladimir Potapenko - CoA
JMAC Update Save the Date!
The dates have been announced for two of JPAC’s major events: the summer picnic and the annual JPAC Holiday Party. The summer picnic will be held on Bellows Air Station, Friday, July 25, 2014. The JPAC Holiday Party will be held at the Pacific Aviation Museum, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Please mark your calendars in preparation for these events. Additional ly, this quarter’s Hail & Farewell will take place June 27 on Heroes’ Green.