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A fallen brother comes home
Air Force pilot missing from
Vietnam War identified

Posted 7/7/2011 Updated 7/7/2011

7/7/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Officials with the Department of
Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 7 that the remains of an Air
Force pilot, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and
returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Maj. Richard
G. Elzinga of Shedd, Ore., will be buried on July 8 in Arlington National
Cemetery. On March 26, 1970, Elzinga and his co-pilot went missing when their
O-1G Birddog aircraft failed to return to base from a familiarization flight
over Laos. Fifteen minutes after the last radio contact, a communication and
visual search showed no sign of the men or their aircraft. Search and rescue
missions continued for two days with no results.

Between 1994 and 2009,
joint U.S.-Lao People's Democratic Republic teams led by members of the Joint
POW/MIA Accounting Command, analyzed leads, interviewed villagers and surveyed
possible crash site locations. During several joint field surveys, teams
recovered human remains, aircraft wreckage and crew-related

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial
evidence, scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also
used mitochondrial DNA -- which matched that of his aunt and cousin -- in the
identification of Elzinga's remains.

For additional information on the Defense Department's
mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at or call



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Our family will be spending this Thanksgiving with extended family and friends in warm homes with plenty. But as I reflect on what we will have, let us not forget those that are far from home and without family. That young men and women serving our nation, reminded me of the Thanksgivings I spent away far from home when I served my country. So with that let me share a letter from a young Army officer who writes of the rigors of having sweated through his clothing in the field by day, and…Continue

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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