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For 70 years, the battlefield grave of Army 1st Lt. Robert Styslinger lay underneath the changing vegetation of North Korea’s Chosin Reservoir.
Each of his 11 siblings prayed for his return to the U.S., but the cruelty of time did not allow them to live to witness it. Fulfilling the military’s promise to never leave a fallen comrade behind had been a prolonged journey, but, after nearly seven decades, it was finally achieved.
“It’s always possible,” said Cecelia Sheridan, Styslinger’s niece, reflecting on how the family grappled with her uncle’s absence and possible return over the years.
From her home in Michigan, Sheridan rifled through Army documents until she found the thick, spiralbound book titled “Forensic Report.” Inside is a photograph of a partial tibia — her last connection to her uncle Bob, who died in November 1950 during a battle at the reservoir during the Korean War.
For thousands of other families of servicemembers missing in overseas battles, the search continues.
The mission to recover and identify remains of these servicemembers is led by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), an office of DoD. Its work has led to the repatriation of thousands of servicemembers from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The missions are supported by funding from Congress and public-private partnerships.
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Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett is probably near the front of the formation running up Fort Bragg’s Longstreet Road, notorious for its oxygen-sucking steep hill. That is, if he’s not motivating his troops on the pullup bar.
Garrett, an infantry officer and currently the Army’s only Black four-star general, is nearing the end of his tenure as the top officer in U.S. Army Forces Command. The mission is always maintaining readiness, but Garrett has added an emphasis on repairing areas of difficulty, such as sexual harassment, racism, and mental health.
When Garrett took the helm of the command in 2019, he was charged with leading the Army’s troops through training and deployment. His fortitude was tested in his second year as he grappled with how troops maintain readiness through a pandemic and as issues of systemic racism arose across the country.
He recently addressed these issues and others in an interview with Military Officer magazine.
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