1st SOMDG Redesignation Ceremony

1st SOMDG Redesignation Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jeffrey Scott, a chaplain with the 1st Special Operations Wing, leads an audience in prayer during the 1st Special Operations Medical Group Redesignation Ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, June 7, 2019. The Redesignation Ceremony is the first of over 60 ceremonies happening over the span of the next year within the Air Force Medical Service community. The Redesignation will allow the 1st SOMDG to ultimately enhance medical readiness and duty availability while sustaining the delivery of high quality care to all beneficiaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joel Miller)
1st SOMDG Redesignation Ceremony

492 SOTRG hosts change of command ceremony

492 SOTRG hosts change of command ceremony

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Thomas Fickling, a chaplain candidate with the Air Force Chaplain Candidacy Program, delivers an invocation during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, June 20, 2019. U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Masaitis relinquished command of the 492nd Special Operations Training Group to U.S. Air Force Col. Nathan Scopac, after leading the group for over one year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Wiles)
492 SOTRG hosts change of command ceremony

492nd SOTRG hosts change of command ceremony

492nd SOTRG hosts change of command ceremony

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Thomas Fickling, a chaplain candidate with the Air Force Chaplain Candidacy Program, delivers the invocation during the 492nd Special Operations Training Group change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, June 20, 2019. The 492nd SOTRG conducts qualification flight training, combat training, operational testing and tactics development, and professionally develops special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joel Miller)
492nd SOTRG hosts change of command ceremony

711th Human Performance Wing Change of Command

711th Human Performance Wing Change of Command

Brig. Gen. (Dr.) James H. Dienst assumes command of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing in a change of command ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, June 21, 2019. The 711th HPW is the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate human performance research, education and consultation under a single organization. (U.S. Air Force video by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)
711th Human Performance Wing Change of Command

50th SW Chaplains serve food, support resiliency

50th SW Chaplains serve food, support resiliency

Master Sgt. Carl White, 22nd Space Operations Squadron superintendent, left, and Master Sgt. John Hammett, 50th Space Communications Squadron section chief of engineering and acting 50th Network Operations Group first sergeant, serve Airmen during a resiliency picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 11, 2019. The 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s Office hosts picnics for various squadrons throughout the year to thank Airmen for their hard work. (U.S. Air Force photo by Halle Thornton)
50th SW Chaplains serve food, support resiliency

Military Funeral Honors for U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard Lurcott in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery

Military Funeral Honors for U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard Lurcott in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery

U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Marta Conway speaks during military funeral honors for U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard T. Lurcott in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, June 26, 2019. Killed during World War II, Lurcott was accounted for on Jan. 28, 2019 and was buried 75 years after he went missing.

From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency:

On Jan. 21, 1944, Lurcott was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber aircraft he was piloting crashed into Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff. Lurcott and the nine other servicemen aboard the aircraft were killed.
Rescue crews recovered the remains of five individuals, however Lurcott was not among those recovered. The three identified sets of remains and two unidentified sets were reportedly interred in Cemetery No. 33 on Betio Island, one of several cemeteries established on the island after the U.S. seized the island from the Japanese in November 1943.
Following the war, the U.S. Army’s 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947. Using U.S. Marine Corps records, they began the task of consolidating all the remains from isolated burial sites into a single cemetery called Lone Palm Cemetery. The remains of the B-24J crew were believed to be among those moved, however Lurcott’s remains were not identified and he was declared non-recoverable.
Throughout 1949, 94 sets of unidentified Tarawa remains were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, known as the Punchbowl.
On Jan. 23, 2017, DPAA disinterred “Tarawa Unknown X-15 from the Punchbowl” and send the remains to the laboratory. Later in 2017, History Flight, Inc., a non-profit organization, through a partnership with DPAA, uncovered a series of coffin burials from Cemetery #33, which were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for analysis. The remains were consolidated with Tarawa Unknown X-15.
To identify Lurcott’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.
Lurcott’s Niece, Janice Hechler, received the flag from her uncle’s casket.

(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
Military Funeral Honors for U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard Lurcott in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery