Nellis honors veterans during POW/MIA ceremony

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  • By Senior Airman Bailee A. Darbasie
  • 57th Wing Public Affairs

Nellis leadership honored fellow service members during a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) recognition ceremony Sept. 17 on base.

National POW/MIA Day serves to remember those who were captured during battle or who are still
unaccounted for and is observed on the third Friday of every September. During the ceremony, four
former POWs were recognized: Eugene Ramos, Vince Shank, Marvin Carter and Dean Whitaker.

“Today is a day where the nation pauses to remember our brothers and sisters in arms who answered
the call of duty and never returned home,” said Col. Todd Dyer, 99th Air Base Wing commander. “But while we are honoring them today, we always remember.”

Currently, there are 83,114 service members still missing from conflicts throughout U.S. history,
including from World War ll, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.

“We will never stop working to bring home those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Dyer. “May we never forget to honor those who cannot be here with us today.”