POW/MIA ceremony slated Sept. 15

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

 

Team Robins will remember and honor the sacrifice of America’s prisoners of war and those missing in action during the Robins POW/MIA organization’s annual recognition ceremony Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Museum of Aviation’s Hangar One

The ceremony’s guest speaker will be ex-POW, and retired Chaplain (Col.) Robert G. Certain. Certain was a B-52 Stratofortress navigator flying over 100 missions during the Vietnam War before being shot down on December 18, 1972. He was later released on March 29, 1973 after being held as a POW for 100 days.

 

Upon return Certain became a chaplain until he retired in 1999. The ceremony is one of many events being held at the base in honor of the National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This day is observed annually, on the third Friday in September and was established by Congress in Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. It is one of only six days the POW/MIA Flag can be flown.

 

According to event coordinators, a 24-hour Vigil Run will kick off the recognition beginning at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at the museum.

 

Time slots are currently available for the run, which invites participants to sign up in 15 minute or longer increments. The goal is to keep the baton/flag moving for the entire 24-hour period of time leading up to the ceremony.

 

Participants are welcome to bring their office, flight, section, division, branch, family or pets, and may walk or run at their own pace.

 

For more information on the ceremony, contact Tech. Sgt. Neil Smith at niel.smith8.mil@mail.mil. To sign up for the run contact Staff Sgt. Denea Fayall at denea.fayall@us.af.mil.