Air Force Missing Persons Branch
The branch serves as the liaison between government agencies and Air Force POW/MIA family members. Branch personnel administer the Air Force hostile and non-hostile missing persons program, and serve as a liaison between the Air Force, the U.S. government and the next of kin of all unaccounted for Air Force personnel.
The Air Force Missing Persons Branch at AFPC collects, evaluates and disseminates to next of kin and other interested government agencies all information and reports concerning aircraft crash and grave site investigations or excavations, live sightings and refugee interviews.
They operate hand in hand with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Armed Forces DNA Laboratory, the U.S. Air Force Mortuary Affairs Division, the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. They also maintain contact with family organizations such as the National League of POW/MIA Families and the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs. These Air Force personnel respond to casualty-related congressional and other high-level inquiries, and write advisories for the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records.
The branch office serves as the focal point of contact for the next of kin of unaccounted-for service members from the Korean War, Cold War and the Vietnam Conflict, in addition to any current day operations. They maintain contact with about 3,500 family members. They have maintained contact with families of unaccounted-for Airmen over the years since the Korean War.
DoD Family Member Updates
Throughout the year Government officials meet with the families of service members still unaccounted-for from past conflicts. The purpose of these updates is to provide an informal forum for information exchange between United States government officials and the families on the government's personnel accounting efforts. Government officials also meet one-on-one with family members to discuss the details of each of their cases. About 150-200 family members and 30 government officials attend each meeting.
All dates and locations in the 2016 Family Update Schedule above are tentative and subject to change. We understand the hardship this creates for families and are working hard to find solutions with as much advance notice as possible. Please make sure to check this website as well as the DPAA website to confirm meeting dates and locations prior to making travel arrangements.
FMUs: Family members within 350 miles of the meeting location will receive an invitational letter from DPAA four to six weeks prior to the meeting. Family members outside of the 350 radius are welcome to attend but will not receive an invitational letter. Family Updates are tailored to meet the needs of attendees representing unaccounted-for service members from past conflicts. Use the FMU Online Registration link above or contact our office the Air Force Missing Persons Branch at 800-531-5501. Please register early so that analysts may prepare to discuss your specific cases.
Annual Meetings: Family members will receive an information package from Air Force Missing Persons office 4-6 weeks prior to the meeting with all necessary information for registration, COIN assist, and any additional meeting information
Family members who move or change their contact information (i.e., address, phone number, email) should contact Air Force Missing Persons Branch immediately to ensure timely notification of family meetings or information related to their loved one's case. Please contact our office at 800-531-5501 or email AFPC.DPFC.POW.MIA@us.af.mil.
NOTE: These government meetings are only for family of unaccounted-for service members from past conflicts.
Vietnam POW/MIA bracelet
The AFPC Missing Persons Branch is the point of contact for members of the public requesting assistance in forwarding a Vietnam POW/MIA bracelet they have worn to the service member's family. Since we cannot provide the public with private contact information on the service member or next of kin, we recommend forwarding the bracelet to the following address with a cover letter explaining the request. A Missing Persons technician will review the cover letter prior to forwarding to the service member or their family.
USAF Missing Persons Branch
550 C Street West
JBSA-Randolph, TX 78150
If the Missing Persons Branch has a current address, the bracelet and letter will be forwarded to the service member or their family. It is then the service member's or family member's decision whether or not to make contact with the sender of the bracelet. Because most of our former POWs and families of accounted-for Vietnam service members are no longer in contact with our office, there is no guarantee that the bracelet will be forwarded. All bracelets that are not forwarded to the service member or their family will either be returned to the requesting concerned citizen or, if no return address is provided, included in a POW/MIA display case in the Air Force Missing Persons office at AFPC.
(Updated as of May 2016)