Col. Matthew Isler, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, speaks during the wreath laying ceremony March 20 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The annual event is held in conjunction with the 42nd Freedom Flyer Reunion which honors all POWs held captive during the Vietnam War. The tradition began when members of the 560th Flying Training Squadron were given the task to retrain more than 150 POWs returning to flying status. To honor their return, their initial training included a “freedom flight.” The last group of POWs was released from captivity in North Vietnam March 1973. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Harold China)
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