Friday, November 10, 2000

Steps to Identifying the Remains

1. Search

The Central Identification Laboratory (CILHI) at Hickam Air Force Base has records of all American service personnel reported missing or killed. Anthropologists conduct interviews and study case histories to determine where to look for remains.

By Ronen Zilberman, Star-Bulletin
Sample replica bones are matched up against excavated remains
at the forensic laboratory. Behind glass in the main lobby,
scientists work on remains pieced together on tables.



Bullet Organization: Army Central Identification Laboratory (CILHI)

Bullet Mission: The fullest possible accounting of all service members killed in the defense of their country, fulfilling the promise "Not to be forgotten"

Bullet Headquarters: Hickam Air Force Base

Bullet Established: 1973 in Thailand; relocated to Hawaii in 1976

Bullet Staff: 177

By Ken Sakamoto, Star-Bulletin
The Casualty Data Analysis Section houses records of all
American service personnel missing in action. Analyst
Rachel A. Phillips scans the files.



Bullet Laboratory: Offices for commander, anthropology, X-ray, lab and dental analysis, scanning electron microscope, briefing, support and Casualty Data Analysis Section.

Bullet Logistics facility: Supply offices and equipment.

Bullet Chapel: Houses 10 of the 13 six-member recovery teams.

Bullet Administration offices: Personnel offices

CILHI policy prevents photographs of remains from being published.
All bones and teeth photographed are replicas.

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