Comprised of investigators, analysts, linguists and other specialists representing all four military services and Navy civilian employees, JTF-FA maintained detachments in Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Vientiane, Laos.
As the lead agency for Vietnam-era searches and recoveries, JTF-FA did the research and investigative groundwork for recovery efforts in Southeast Asia.
members in Vietnam perform four excavations per year, each lasting 30 days each.
A team of experts supports JTF-FA and DPMO by conducting interviews in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and the United States.
With JTF-FA, DPMO regularly negotiates with these countries.
On April 3, 1993, the Khmer Rouge twice attacked a 48-member, unarmed JTF-FA
team based at Stoeng Treng.
Gwizdak added that representatives of the Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Personnel told him they regularly receive information from Vietnamese citizens about missing Americans and share that information with JTF-FA Der.
Since 1996, the Vietnamese have conducted 15 investigations on their own and turned over 180 reports to JTF-FA Der.
Roger King, spokesman for JTF-FA
, praised VFW's efforts over the years: "The contributions of the VFW and other veterans groups have been significant, especially in their initiatives to gather information on MIAs and in informing the public of the continuing mission.
government accounting efforts in 1973--and its present-day successor, JTF-FA.
JTF-FA comprises approximately 160 investigators, analysts, linguists and other specialists representing all four military services and Department of Defense civilian employees.
The delegation then traveled through Thailand to Laos, where it met with JTF-FA