Identities of MIAs await confirmation by consultants

HONOLULU—The Army's Central Identification Laboratory today emphasized that it will not complete the identification process for the last combatants killed in the Vietnam War until outside review boards approve the case files developed by lab scientists and anthropologists.

Army Maj. Mike Cowan, the lab's executive officer, said the lab does not consider the identification process for those listed as missing in action complete until "confirmation by outside consultants" and further examination by the Armed Forces Information Review Board.

Cowan said when this process is finished, the Defense Department's Casualty Assistance Office will release the names of the crewmen and passengers recovered from a helicopter that crashed during the assault on Koh Tang island in Cambodia during the last combat action of the Vietnam War.

Featured

  • Defense
    The Pentagon (Photo by Ivan Cholakov / Shutterstock)

    DOD CIO hits pause on JEDI cloud acquisition

    Dana Deasy set cloud as his office's top priority. But when it comes to the JEDI request for proposal, he's directed staff to "pause" to compile a comprehensive review.

  • Cybersecurity
    By Gorodenkoff shutterstock ID 761940757

    Waging cyber war without a rulebook

    As the U.S. looks to go on the offense in the cyber domain, critical questions remain unanswered around who will take the lead and how clearly to draw the rules of engagement.

  • Government Innovation Awards
    Government Innovation Awards - https://governmentinnovationawards.com

    Deadline extended for Rising Star nominations

    You now have until July 18 to help us identify the early-career innovators and change agents in government IT.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.