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POW/MIA Remembrance Day at Holloman

Col. Brian Patterson, 49th Wing vice commander, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Col. Brian Patterson, 49th Wing vice commander, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Senior Master Sgt. John Chacon, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron operations superintendent, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Senior Master Sgt. John Chacon, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron operations superintendent, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Wieser, 635th Material Maintenance Group Chief, runs with the POW/MIA flag during a ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Wieser, 635th Material Maintenance Group Chief, runs with the POW/MIA flag during a ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Staff Sgt. Christian Tone, an electrical systems craftsman for the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, stands at attention in front of the POW/MIA Memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21, as part of the 2018 POW/MIA Remembrance Day. Holloman Airmen took turns standing 24-hours straight for the vigil, honoring service members who were imprisoned and remain missing-in-action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Staff Sgt. Christian Tone, an electrical systems craftsman for the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, stands at attention in front of the POW/MIA Memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21, as part of the 2018 POW/MIA Remembrance Day. Holloman Airmen took turns standing 24-hours straight for the vigil, honoring service members who were imprisoned and remain missing-in-action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Airman 1st Class Xavier Bell, 54 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, stands at attention Sept. 21, in front of the 49th Wing Remembrance Wall. Airmen began standing at attention midnight on Sept. 21, for 30 minute periods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Airman 1st Class Xavier Bell, 54 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, stands at attention Sept. 21, in front of the 49th Wing Remembrance Wall. Airmen began standing at attention midnight on Sept. 21, for 30 minute periods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Major Steve Tatro, 49th Wing Comptroller Squadron commander, begins the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action run Sept. 20, at the base track. The Wing Staff Agency was one of the 48 groups to run for half an hour holding the POW/MIA flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Major Steve Tatro, 49th Wing Comptroller Squadron commander, begins the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action run Sept. 20, at the base track. The Wing Staff Agency was one of the 48 groups to run for half an hour holding the POW/MIA flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Local Alamogordo veterans post the colors in front of the POW/MIA memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Local Alamogordo veterans post the colors in front of the POW/MIA memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Holloman Air Force Base honored service members who were imprisoned or remain missing-in-action with a 24-hour vigil and run September 20 – 21, here.

 “Of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman, we remember their service, their sacrifice for freedom and their unwavering patriotism under difficult and harsh circumstances,” said Col. Brian Patterson, 49th Wing vice commander. “Today we fly the black-and-white flag. It is a symbol to honor the POW/MIA community, but it is also a visible a reminder of our duty that we never leave our fallen behind who are missing, unaccounted for. We will not stop looking and we will never forget.”

A ceremony launched a vigil, with Senior Master Sgt. John Chacon, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron operations superintendent, speaking about the remembrance of POW/MIA, followed by a roll call of honor naming 12 New Mexico natives still in missing in action, dating back to the Vietnam War.

“A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of meeting a prisoner of war, Maj. Gen. John Borling, at an air show,” said Chacon. “He told me to call him if I ever needed anything.”

Borling was a prisoner-of-war, with the late-Senator John McCain, for over six years in Vietnam. He also authored the book, “Taps on the Wall.”

Chacon was so impacted by Borling’s story, he gave him a call while preparing his speech for the 2018 POW/MIA ceremony.

Chacon took away four things from their conversation about his time as a POW: live honorably; never lose faith with God or country; never quit, because to quit is to die; and always keep a sense of humor.

In addition to standing for the vigil, Holloman Airmen honored POW/MIA service members by volunteering to run with the POW/MIA flag. The run began at 8 a.m. 20 Sept. at the base track and lasted for 24-hours.

POW/MIA Remembrance Day at Holloman

Col. Brian Patterson, 49th Wing vice commander, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Col. Brian Patterson, 49th Wing vice commander, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Senior Master Sgt. John Chacon, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron operations superintendent, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Senior Master Sgt. John Chacon, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron operations superintendent, speaks at the POW/MIA ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Wieser, 635th Material Maintenance Group Chief, runs with the POW/MIA flag during a ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Wieser, 635th Material Maintenance Group Chief, runs with the POW/MIA flag during a ceremony at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Staff Sgt. Christian Tone, an electrical systems craftsman for the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, stands at attention in front of the POW/MIA Memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21, as part of the 2018 POW/MIA Remembrance Day. Holloman Airmen took turns standing 24-hours straight for the vigil, honoring service members who were imprisoned and remain missing-in-action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Staff Sgt. Christian Tone, an electrical systems craftsman for the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, stands at attention in front of the POW/MIA Memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21, as part of the 2018 POW/MIA Remembrance Day. Holloman Airmen took turns standing 24-hours straight for the vigil, honoring service members who were imprisoned and remain missing-in-action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Airman 1st Class Xavier Bell, 54 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, stands at attention Sept. 21, in front of the 49th Wing Remembrance Wall. Airmen began standing at attention midnight on Sept. 21, for 30 minute periods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Airman 1st Class Xavier Bell, 54 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, stands at attention Sept. 21, in front of the 49th Wing Remembrance Wall. Airmen began standing at attention midnight on Sept. 21, for 30 minute periods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Major Steve Tatro, 49th Wing Comptroller Squadron commander, begins the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action run Sept. 20, at the base track. The Wing Staff Agency was one of the 48 groups to run for half an hour holding the POW/MIA flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Major Steve Tatro, 49th Wing Comptroller Squadron commander, begins the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action run Sept. 20, at the base track. The Wing Staff Agency was one of the 48 groups to run for half an hour holding the POW/MIA flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Local Alamogordo veterans post the colors in front of the POW/MIA memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

Local Alamogordo veterans post the colors in front of the POW/MIA memorial at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 21. The ceremony, in rememberance of prisoners-of-war and those still missing-in-action, was part of Holloman's POW/MIA commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Holloman Air Force Base honored service members who were imprisoned or remain missing-in-action with a 24-hour vigil and run September 20 – 21, here.

 “Of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman, we remember their service, their sacrifice for freedom and their unwavering patriotism under difficult and harsh circumstances,” said Col. Brian Patterson, 49th Wing vice commander. “Today we fly the black-and-white flag. It is a symbol to honor the POW/MIA community, but it is also a visible a reminder of our duty that we never leave our fallen behind who are missing, unaccounted for. We will not stop looking and we will never forget.”

A ceremony launched a vigil, with Senior Master Sgt. John Chacon, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron operations superintendent, speaking about the remembrance of POW/MIA, followed by a roll call of honor naming 12 New Mexico natives still in missing in action, dating back to the Vietnam War.

“A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of meeting a prisoner of war, Maj. Gen. John Borling, at an air show,” said Chacon. “He told me to call him if I ever needed anything.”

Borling was a prisoner-of-war, with the late-Senator John McCain, for over six years in Vietnam. He also authored the book, “Taps on the Wall.”

Chacon was so impacted by Borling’s story, he gave him a call while preparing his speech for the 2018 POW/MIA ceremony.

Chacon took away four things from their conversation about his time as a POW: live honorably; never lose faith with God or country; never quit, because to quit is to die; and always keep a sense of humor.

In addition to standing for the vigil, Holloman Airmen honored POW/MIA service members by volunteering to run with the POW/MIA flag. The run began at 8 a.m. 20 Sept. at the base track and lasted for 24-hours.