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LTC?Daniel N. Rouse To Present Program At VFW This Thursday

By Staff | Dec 15, 2009

Lt.Col. Daniel Rouse will present a program at the VFW in Emmetsburg this Thursday, Dec. 17. Rouse is assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command as the J3 Operations Director at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Daniel is the son of David and Ruth Rouse of Emmetsburg.

VFW Post #2295 and members of the VFW Auxiliary will host a 9 a.m. social with coffee and rolls Thursday morning. Rouse will present a program at 10 a.m. with information about his current assignment. The public is encouraged to attend.

Daniel Rouse enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1987 and attended Iowa State University. He graduated with a degree in finance and he was commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant in 1991. Following the Infantry Basic Course, he attended Airborne, Pathfinder, Ranger and Air Assault School. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader before attending the Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, GA, and was reassigned to Fort Campbell, KY. He took command of D Company, 2-502 Airborne (Air Assault) Infantry from October 1998 to May 2000.

Lt.Col. Rouse was assigned to the U.S. Army Central Identification Lab, Hawaii, as a Team Leader and Planning Officer for Missing-in-Action and Recovery for Southeast Asia. He worked directly with the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting Command.

In June 2003, Rouse volunteered for Operation Iraqi Freedom I, serving as the Army Central Command-Kuwait Operations Officer (S3) during the largest single force rotation in the history of the United States. Upon completing Command and General Staff College, he was assigned in 2005 as the S3 for the Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, TX. In 2006 he was assisted to 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment as the Battalion S3 and later as the Executive Officer, deploying to Iraq as a separate battalion in support of the 1st Cavalry Division, conducting combat, security and infrastructure operations in the Ghazaliya and Shula areas of Baghdad for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. Returning from Iraq, he was responsible for resetting the battalion for follow on deployments.

Since June 2008, Rouse has been assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command as the J3 Operations Director.

A booklet describing the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command says the command was created from the merger of the 30-year-old U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, and the 11-year-old Joint Task Force – Full Accounting. The command is located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The laboratory portion of JPAC is the largest forensic anthropology laboratory in the world.

“The mission of the joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. The highest priority of the organization is the return of any living Americans that remain prisoners of war,” according to the informational brochure.

JPAC personnel investigate leads and recovery and identification of Americans who were killed in action but never brought home. On average, JPAC identifies six MIAs each month. Since JPAC was created in 2003, over 450 individuals have been identified.

Analysis and investigation are the first steps. Historians and analysts gather information and often involve outside researchers, the national archives and record depositories maintained by the United States and foreign governments. When research shows a likely location, an investigative team visits the site. Team members interview potential witnesses, conduct on-site reconnaissance and survey terrain for safety. If enough evidence is found, a site is recommended for recovery.

Recovery missions can last from 35 to 60 days, depending on location, terrain and nature of the recovery. The team includes a team leader and a forensic anthropologist. Sites are excavated one section of a grid at a time. Even the smallest pieces of remains, artifacts and personal effects are recovered. Forensic anthropologists and lab scientists use a variety of techniques in the identification process.

Completed cases are sent to service mortuary affairs offices. Members of those offices personally notify next-of-kin family members.

There are far more details to the process involving analysis and investigation, recovery, identification, and closure. Lt.Col. Rouse will share information about his assignment as Director of Operations at Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.