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    Ohio native supports DPAA recovery efforts

    Ohio native supports DPAA recovery efforts

    Photo By Staff Sgt. James Thompson | Staff Sgt. Abby Koah, a public health technician assigned to the 11th Medical Squadron...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. James Thompson 

    Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

    KHAMMOUAN PROVINCE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic — U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Abby Koah, a public health technician assigned to the 11th Medical Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, recently deployed with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to Khammouan Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Jan. 10 - Feb. 18, 2020.

    DPAA is a joint operation that depends on the men and women of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps., Navy and Army. Koah was just one of many U.S. service members and civilians who worked to fulfill our nation’s promise of never leaving fallen comrades behind.

    Koah took on the role of recovery non-commissioned officer and assisted with the recovery operations during the entire 29-day mission. She was required to complete tasks like excavating and screening dirt, maintaining site infrastructure, and helping transport essential items to and from the worksite.

    “Every day we are digging and screening, looking for any evidence that these fallen soldiers (and) service members were here…and I feel honored and privileged to be a part of that and to maybe bring them home,” Koah said.

    Koah said she’s been able to experience unique opportunities such as carrying out the DPAA mission since enlisting into the military.

    “Joining the Air Force has allowed me to travel and do what I thought I’d never do, like go to different countries and see how other people live,” Koah said.

    The mission of DPAA is to provide the fullest possible accounting of U.S. personnel from past conflicts to their families and the nation. DPAA is responsible for implementing the Secretary of Defense's program to account for the more than 81,000 Americans who remain unaccounted from the World War II era through the Gulf Wars.

    News media looking for more information about DPAA or HM1 Dotter, visit, find us on social media at, or email Lt. Col. Ken Hoffman at



    Date Taken: 01.23.2020
    Date Posted: 03.06.2020 19:56
    Story ID: 364403
    Location: LA

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