POW/MIA Remembrance Week

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  • By Donovan Potter, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Members of the Team Hill community are invited to participate in the nationally recognized POW/MIA Remembrance Week Sept. 12-16.

The observance was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter.

Observances are held across the country on military installations, aboard ships, in state capitals, schools and veterans' facilities.

Hill’s events will begin with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Sept. 12. At the Base Track.
Points of contact for this event are Staff Sgt. Melissa Wolfgramm, Melissa.wolfgramm@us.af.mil and Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Sylvestri, Nicholas.sylvesrti@us.af.mil.

The POW/MIA 5K Ruck and Food Drive begins at 9 a.m. Sept 12 at the Base Track following the opening ceremony.

In remembering those from the past, let us not forget our current airmen who may be in need. Donations will go to our Hill AFB Food Pantry. Items to donate include non-perishables and Commissary gift cards.

No sign-up is needed. Carry the food you will donate or bring you own weight for the ruck. The attire is OCP or PTU. This event will happen regardless of the weather so dress accordingly.

For more information, contact Airman First Class Rizza Nichols at

Hill’s 24-hour POW/MIA remembrance run/walk begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 15 at the base track. Black shirts are highly encouraged, but any combination of PT gear, PT gear with squadron shirt or civilian clothing is welcome.

Sign up for 20-minute periods with Staff Sgt. Khristian Thompson by email at khristian.thompson.1@us.af.mil or by calling 801-586-9787.

These activities are intended to honor those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, there are about 81,600 Americans missing -- from the battlefields of World War II to recent conflicts. About 75% of those are in the Indo-Pacific region. About 41,000 of the 81,600 missing are presumed lost at sea.