BADGES: All attendees, except uniformed military officials, must wear a visible, color-coded badge on the lanyard provided at registration for entrance into all League-hosted and Service-hosted events, including off-site events. ANY alteration to a badge will result in revocation and denial of admittance.
White – League (voting) family members Ivory – League associate members
Salmon – concerned citizens Blue – non-League family members
Green – US officials Red – media
Yellow – family members attending only DoD briefings
INFORMATION AND PRESS: Located in the Virginia Ballroom Foyer, Plaza Level. Direct inquiries to Communications Chairman Cindy Stonebraker, Cindy.Stonebraker@pow-miafamilies.org, or call the Hilton Crystal City Hotel (703) 418-6800 and ask for the League Office.
DoD OFFICES: DPAA and DIA investigators, and intelligence and material evidence analysts will again be available in the Service Casualty Offices throughout the League’s meeting to support Individual Case File Reviews with families. All are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to share information with specialists, though NOT in conflict with critical briefings, the legal justification for DoD-provided transportation. US officials will be present by noon on Wednesday, June 21st. Service Casualty Offices are located on the 1st floor:
USA Blue Ridge Room
USN/USMC/Civilian Shenandoah Room
USAF Skyline Room
DPAA Luray Room
Individual Case File Reviews will be held in these locations from noon to 5:30 PM Wednesday, from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Thursday and Friday, and from 7:30 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturday. Please do not schedule reviews during sessions when critical information is presented. Instead, ask for early morning, lunch or dinner breaks.
Newcomer Orientation: There will be an important informational session in the Patrick Henry Board Room, First Floor, on Wednesday, June 21st, 4:00 – 5:00 PM. First-time attendees are welcome and urged to attend.
The 48th Annual Meeting Dinner will be preceded by a no-host reception in the Virginia Ballroom Foyer on Thursday, June 22nd, 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Dinner will begin promptly at 7:00 PM in the Virginia Ballroom and end promptly at 9:00 PM; tickets ($55 each) are required.
Dress Code The dress for the meeting sessions is business casual, or Military Class B, and for the 48th Annual Meeting Dinner, the dress for ladies is semi-formal/cocktail attire and, for men, suit and tie or Military Class A.
Interfaith Service & Concert, Hall of Heroes, Pentagon: Friday evening will include this special service, music provided by outstanding Service musicians, and a tour of the new Vietnam War Exhibit. Bus transportation to the Pentagon will begin boarding at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 23rd, for all with credentials. The Interfaith Service & Concert is from 7:00 – 7:45 PM, followed by the tour, with buses returning to the Hilton between 8:30 – 9:00 PM.
Service Hosted Luncheons, 12:30 – 2:00 PM on Friday, June 23rd, in the Virginia Ballroom, Plaza Level:
USA Washington Room
USN/USMC/Civilian Adams Room
USAF Madison Room
Workshops: Two specialized workshops will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom, Lobby Level, Richmond and Roanoke Rooms, from 2:15 – 3:15 PM on Friday, June 23rd.
League-Hosted Farewell Reception, Saturday, June 24th, Crystal Room, Plaza Level, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Boutique: The League Boutique will open in the Old Dominion Board Room, Plaza Level, on Wednesday, June 21st, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM and during posted hours throughout the meeting. There will also be a Silent Auction before and during the 48th Annual Dinner, with bidding closing ten minutes after the dinner concludes.
DNA Testing: Family members who have not provided a sample for DNA comparison are encouraged to do so; check with your Service Casualty Office on the First Floor to determine eligibility.
Emergencies/Cell Phones: In case of emergency, call the Hilton Crystal City Hotel operator, 703-418-6800. Cell phones must be silenced during all sessions, including the 48th Annual Dinner.
Access to Sessions: With appropriate credentials, all are eligible to participate. *Must purchase dinner ticket(s) to attend. **League family members ONLY are eligible to vote, though all are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
3:00 PM REGISTRATION & CREDENTIALS Virginia Ballroom Foyer
5:00 PM DISTRIBUTION (Boutique: 3:00 – 5:00 PM) Plaza Level
7:00 PM REGISTRATION & CREDENTIALS Virginia Ballroom Foyer
9:00 PM DISTRIBUTION (CONTINUES)
4:00 PM ORIENTATION FOR NEW ATTENDEES Patrick Henry Board Room
5:00 PM First Floor
Thursday, June 22, 2017
9:00 AM OPENING GENERAL SESSION Virginia Ballroom
11:30 AM Call to Order
Presentation of Colors
Pledge of Allegiance
“America the Beautiful”
In Memory & Honor
Keynote Speaker: CJCS (Invited)
Unveiling of National POW/MIA Recognition Day Poster
Presentation of League Awards
Message from the White House
The Past as Prologue, Senior League Policy Advisor
The Accounting Mission in Today’s Political Environment, League Chairman
1:00 PM GENERAL SESSION – NATIONAL POLICY Virginia Ballroom
DPAA Priority & Objectives, DPAA
Worldwide Operational Perspective,
DPAA Policy & Approach
Public Diplomacy Strategy for Success
Public-Private Partnerships – Update
Facilitating Family & Veteran Engagement
3:00 PM JOINT COMMISSION ON POW/MIA AFFAIRS-MOSCOW’S VIEW
The View from Moscow – Russian Co-Chairman
USRJC Implementation Update
6:00 PM NO-HOST RECEPTION Virginia Ballroom Foyer
Special Boutique items will be on display for Silent Auction
6:45 PM MUSICAL PRELUDE Virginia Ballroom
US Military Musicians
7:00 PM 48th ANNUAL DINNER & CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY
Presentation of Colors, National Anthem & Service Medley
Special Music – Guest Soloist
Missing Man Honors Table
Introduction of Special Guests
Remarks: Secretary of Defense (Invited)
Candlelight Ceremony Honoring Vietnam War POW/MIAs
9:00 PM Benediction
Friday, June 23, 2017
8:30 AM GENERAL SESSION Virginia Ballroom
11:00 AM Plaza Level
DIA’s Role in the Accounting Mission, DIA Director (invited)
Augmenting DPAA’s Investigation & Recovery Processes, Stony Beach Team
League Archival Research Committee Report
12:30 PM SERVICE-HOSTED LUNCHEONS Virginia Ballroom
USA – Washington Room USAF – Madison Room
USN/USMC/Civilian – Adams Room
2:15 PM WORKSHOPS Commonwealth Ballroom
Pursuing Your Individual Case; Maximizing Benefit from DPAA’s Web Site
3:30 PM GENERAL SESSION Virginia Ballroom, Plaza Level
Vietnam War Investigation Process
Asia & Pacific Field Operations
Mortuary Affairs-Potential Contributions
Technological Advances in DNA Identifications
The Medical Examiners Role in the ID Process
Examining Identification Priorities
6:00 PM BOARD BUSES FOR PENTAGON Hilton Entrance
7:00 PM INTERFAITH SERVICE & CONCERT Hall of Heroes, Pentagon
7:45 PM VIETNAM WAR EXHIBIT TOUR
8:30 PM BUSES RETURN TO HILTON HOTEL
Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00 AM GENERAL SESSION Virginia Ballroom
12:00 PM Plaza Level
Department of Defense Q&A Panel
Department of Defense presenters will respond to questions from
family members and, time permitting, veterans and others, covering
any and all subjects raised in prior sessions.
12:00 PM LUNCH BREAK (Boutique: 12:15 – 1:45 PM)
2:00 PM **LEAGUE BUSINESS SESSION
4:30 PM Ms. Mills-Griffiths, Presiding
6:30 PM LEAGUE-HOSTED FAREWELL RECEPTION Crystal Room
8:00 PM All registered 48th Annual Meeting Attendees are invited Plaza Level
With appropriate credentials, all are eligible to participate. *Must purchase dinner ticket(s) to attend.
**League Family Members ONLY are eligible to vote; all are welcome to attend.