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MacDill's 11th Annual POW/MIA Vigilance Run

Photo by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake

MacDill's 11th Annual POW/MIA Vigilance Run was held Sept. 15 to 16. The Company Grade Officer's Council sponsored the continuous 24-hour run honoring and recognizing the sacrifices of America's prisoners of war, those missing in action, civilians, those returned and those still missing due to foreign conflict. For more photos of the event, see page 11.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake

Staff Sgt. Anthony Towns, 6th Security Forces Squadron trainer, crosses the bridge on Bayshore Blvd. Sept. 15. He was the second runner in the event.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake

Members of the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron carried the flag during the early morning hours of Sept. 16.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake

A member of the 6th AMW Honor Guard plays the bugle during the closing ceremony.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake

The last runner of the event, Maj. Nate Diaz, 6th Operations Support Squadron, KC-135R instructor pilot/aircrew training flight commander, passed the POW/MIA flag to American Legion Post 138 Honor Guard.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake

A crowd of veterans gathered at Memorial Park Sept. 16 for the closing ceremony. The guest speaker for this year's event was retired Navy Capt. Richard Stratton. Captain Stratton is an ex-POW from the Vietnam War. He spent more than six years in captivity and returned to the U.S in 1973.

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