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Team Kirtland honors POW/MIAs

A Team Kirtland First Sergeant holds the POW/MIA flag during the 24-hour run or walk event at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 19, 2019. After the 24 hours, a ceremony was hosted at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park where members of the community joined Team Kirtland to honor POW/MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

A Team Kirtland First Sergeant holds the POW/MIA flag during the 24-hour run or walk event at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 19, 2019. After the 24 hours, a ceremony was hosted at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park where members of the community joined Team Kirtland to honor POW/MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Members of Team Kirtland run with the POW/MIA flag during the 24-hour run or walk event at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 19, 2019. At the conclusion of the run, members of the 351st Special Warfare Training Squadron carried the flag to its post at the memorial site where members of the community and Team Kirtland honored former POW/MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Members of Team Kirtland run with the POW/MIA flag during the 24-hour run or walk event at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 19, 2019. At the conclusion of the run, members of the 351st Special Warfare Training Squadron carried the flag to its post at the memorial site where members of the community and Team Kirtland honored former POW/MIAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

A former prisoner of war salutes during the national anthem at the POW/MIA ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. The ceremony was held at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

A former prisoner of war salutes during the national anthem at the POW/MIA ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. The ceremony was held at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Members of the crowd listen to Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Melvyn Montano the POW/MIA ceremony distinguished guest speaker in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. Montano spoke about memory he recalled during his time serving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Members of the crowd listen to Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Melvyn Montano the POW/MIA ceremony distinguished guest speaker in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. Montano spoke about memory he recalled during his time serving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Melvyn Montano, guest speaker tells the crowd a story during the POW/MIA ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. Montano spoke about memory he recalled during his time serving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Melvyn Montano, guest speaker tells the crowd a story during the POW/MIA ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. Montano spoke about memory he recalled during his time serving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

A POW/MIA wreath sits on display during the POW/MIA ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. During the ceremony Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Melvyn Montano, was the guest speaker, and he shared a story of his time serving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

A POW/MIA wreath sits on display during the POW/MIA ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 20, 2019. During the ceremony Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Melvyn Montano, was the guest speaker, and he shared a story of his time serving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Team Kirtland First Sergeants begin the 24-hour run or walk at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 19, 2019. More than 150 members of Team Kirtland participated in the annual POW/MIA event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Team Kirtland First Sergeants begin the 24-hour run or walk at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 19, 2019. More than 150 members of Team Kirtland participated in the annual POW/MIA event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Enrique Barceló)

Team Kirtland Airmen participated in a POW/MIA Remembrance Day event at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 19-20 in honor of all prisoners of war and those missing in action. The event kicked off with a 24-hour run or walk that had team members constantly carrying the POW/MIA flag around Hardin Field and finishing at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park.

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Team Kirtland Airmen participated in a POW/MIA Remembrance Day event at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 19-20 in honor of all prisoners of war and those missing in action.

The event kicked off with a 24-hour run or walk that had team members constantly carrying the POW/MIA flag around Hardin Field and finishing at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Victoria Lathon, Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1201 member, said that the POW/MIA flag is in motion for 24-hours to show continuous effort.

“I think it’s important just so we can show our gratitude and for those that have been prisoners of wars or missing in action,” said Lathon. “And to let them know we have not forgotten about them and that we still value their sacrifice.”

Each year, the First Sergeants take time out of their schedule to be the first group out of more than 150 volunteers throughout the day.

“Honestly, it feels like the least that I can do,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Lucas Groom, 58th Operational Support Squadron First Sergeant.  “It’s a very simple thing to go run around a track; it’s a very difficult thing to be a family member or an individual who’s missing in one of our wars. So it’s just a small token of appreciation.”

At the conclusion of the run, members of the 351st Special Warfare Training Squadron carried the flag to its post at the memorial site where members of the community and Team Kirtland honored former POW/MIAs.

“As Team Kirtland, sometimes we get stuck in our daily grind and don’t look at the big picture and any time we can come together as a team and get that perspective it’s beneficial,” said Groom.