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Press Release No. #08-09 - September 19, 2008

Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii -- The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command will conduct an Arrival Ceremony at 9 a.m., Friday in Hangar 35, on Hickam AFB, to honor fallen U.S. military personnel whose identities remain unknown.

There will be three flag-draped transfer cases. The cases are associated with the Vietnam War, Cold War and World War II: one from the Lao People's Democratic Republic, one from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and one from the Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal).

Following the ceremony, the remains of these fallen service members will be transported to the JPAC Central Identification Laboratory where the forensic identification process begins. Once identifications are established, the names will be announced following the notification of next-of-kin.

In order to attend the ceremony, media must RSVP before noon, Sept. 25, in order to receive access to the base and must meet escorts at the gate no later than 8:20 a.m. on the morning of the ceremony.

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