POW/MIA: You are not forgotten

POW/MIA: You are not forgotten

Team Offutt members run the parade grounds while holding the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag, during the annual POW/MIA remembrance run Oct. 6, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency website, there are 1587 Vietnam service members still unaccounted for. (U.S. Air Force photo by D.P. Heard) OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — The smell of aircraft fuel consumed the air and dark clouds filled the sky as he drove onto Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. During his routine morning route, he noticed something out of the ordinary. He thought he glanced the site of a flag, moving as if it were running the path around the parade field. Then he saw it. It was being held firmly in the hands of someone running a steady pace; keeping up with him was a formation of five others. The individual was proudly holding a POW/MIA flag. The driver immediately turned his car off-route and slowed his vehicle just long enough to photograph the honorable run. The group ran in silence. The group ran steady. The group ran in remembrance of all the men and women, who still to this very day have not returned home. As the clouds began to clear, he noticed the group nearing an Airman; she was waiting up ahead dressed in running gear. As the group came closer to her, she started running a slow pace, and the man smoothly transferred the flag into her hands. She continued the run, keeping a smooth steady pace as she rounded the track in front of the base chapel. The event the driver had just witnessed was the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day run hosted by the Air Force Sergeants Association. The official day of recognition is the third Friday of September, but […]

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