JBLE commemorates POW/MIA Recognition Day

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  • By Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec
  • 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Joint Base Langley-Eustis commemorated POW/MIA Recognition Day with a 24-hour run from Sept. 20-21, 2018.


The guest speaker, Retired U.S. Air Force Col. William “Blister” Townsley shared his story during the opening ceremony about being shot down while flying a Cessna O-2B Super Skymaster during the Vietnam War.


After the ribbon cutting, Townsley lead the two opening laps, carrying the POW/MIA flag.


The flag was carried by U.S. Air Force Airmen around Langley Air Force Base and was finally raised at Langley’s POW/MIA Memorial for the closing ceremony.