In addition to its search-and-recovery operations and casualty-data analysis functions, CILHI had a staff of some 30 anthropologists and four odontologists--forensic dentists--who undertook the identification of the remains recovered during both CILHI and joint CILHI-JTF-FA missions [see accompanying story].
In addition to its primary recovery and identification task, CILHI also participated in humanitarian missions--such as assisting in the recovery and identification of remains following the Sept.
While CILHI made WWII-era recoveries in such areas as Europe, Turkey, Burma and Tibet, the majority of operations were--and will probably continue to be--in Papua New Guinea and the small island chains scattered across the South Pacific [for a close-up look at one of those WWII operations, see "A Search for the Missing" in the August 2002 issue].
CILHI teams carried out search-and-recovery operations in Armenia, Russia, China and Nicaragua, leading to the recovery and eventual identification of some 15 American service members.
The 10 CILHI teams that were traditionally allocated to operations in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos were under JTF-FA's operational control, and operations in Southeast Asia will undoubtedly be a major part of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command's mission.
CILHI has conducted five Cold War recoveries located in Soviet Armenia, Vladavostok, Nicaragua, Russia and near Yuri Island.
Additionally, CILHI participated in various humanitarian missions and operations for emergency support over the years.
The CILHI Mission is worldwide in scope, ranging from the steamy rain forests of South America to the deserts of the Middle East, from the glaciers of Tibet to the tropical jungles of Papua New Guinea.
The CILHI staff is comprised of about 247 military and civilian personnel under the command of a U.
Working at the CILHI is diverse and exciting with many opportunities for growth," says TSgt Jon Skerbitz, Air Force dental technician and Laboratory NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge).