Veterans

September 27, 2013

Team Edwards honors POW/MIA

Tags:
Rebecca Amber
Staff Writer

Tech. Sgt. Donald Martinez, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, runs with the POW/MIA flag to show his support. The flag was passed between members of his unit throughout the run.

Team Edwards hosted a series of events in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Friday, Sept 20. The first was a fundraiser 5K organized by the Edwards†chapter of the Air Force Sergeants†Association. The fee for the race included a POW/MIA t-shirt that many participants chose to wear during the run.

First place runner, Staff Sgt. Gilberto Rodriguez, 412th Flight Test Squadron “Speckled Trout,” finished with time of 19:28.

“I make physical fitness a part of my daily routine and I think it’s very important to bring awareness, especially being part of the Armed Forces, you have to be fit to fight,” said Rodriguez. “It’s also about bringing awareness to POW/MIA. That’s really significant to me because any of us could be called to battle and that could be us one day. I don’t want anybody to ever be forgotten.”

At the end of the race, a plaque was awarded to the 412th Communications Squadron for the highest number of participants in the event, with 56 runners. The plaque stays with the recipient as “bragging rights” for the next year and will be re-awarded to the largest group, military or civilian, at next year’s race.

Though the group was not as large, the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron Remotely Piloted Aircraft Flight offered their own special tribute by passing the POW/MIA flag among themselves during the run.

The final tribute for Team Edwards on POW/MIA National Recognition Day Sept. 20; a public flag folding ceremony in front of Bldg. 1 immediately following Retreat.

“We decided to put this flag [passing] together as a flight unit, in remembrance of the POW/MIA people,” said Tech. Sgt. Donald Martinez, 31st TES. “They did a lot for us and we’re just trying to give a little back to those that came before us. Carrying this flag is very minimal compared to what they did for us. I figured we can do this together to show our support.”

Later that afternoon, the Air Force Flight Test Museum closed its doors to the public and welcomed in residents from the California Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., for lunch. The†AFSA used funds raised at the 5K that morning to provide the meal. The Blue Eagles Honor Guard also participated by presenting a private flag-folding ceremony for the veterans.

The final tribute was a public flag-folding ceremony in front of Bldg. 1 immediately following Retreat.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is about honoring those still missing from our nation’s past wars and conflicts and those who gave their lives and their remains have not yet been recovered and returned home.

It is observed on the third Friday in September and is one of six days that the POW/MIA flag can be flown.

The flag was created by the National League of Families as a symbol of concern for those missing in action or held as prisoners of war.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

VA announces new grants to help end veterans homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Aug. 11 the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Under the...
 
 

VA funds SoCal agencies in battle to end homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Aug. 11 the award of $23.1 million in homeless prevention grants to counties in Southern California. The grants will serve approximately 4,400 homeless and at-risk Veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. This award will serve Veteran families associated with 17 different...
 
 
DOD photograph by EJ Hersom

Obama signs act to give VA new money, authorities

DOD photograph by EJ Hersom President Barack Obama signs the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act into law at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. President Barack Obama today signed into ...
 

 

Remains of airmen missing since WWII accounted for

The remains of two missing airmen have been accounted for 70 years after they disappeared when their plane went down over Papua New Guinea during World War II, U.S. military officials said. The remains of 1st Lts. William Bernier and Bryant Poulsen were identified through DNA and other evidence collected from the crash site in...
 
 

Remains of U.S. soldier killed in ’53 identified

Lawrence Jock’s surviving relatives in northern New York knew next to nothing about the Army combat veteran who was declared missing in action at the end of the Korean War more than 60 years ago. Now that his remains have been identified and will be brought back to the North Country for burial, his relatives...
 
 
Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando

President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his action...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>