The National Language Service Corps (NLSC) completed its first mission with the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).

The purpose of the mission was to support JPAC in its search for the remains of America’s heroes in the Vietnam War. The NLSC Member on assignment provided Vietnamese language support and fully integrated into the JPAC recovery teams that were responsible for excavating ground and aircraft crash sites. Deploying from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii to Vietnam, the NLSC Member was “a great addition to the team and was praised by both the team members and Vietnamese Officials,” said JPAC representatives.

Language and cultural support were a critical component to the month-long international operation’s success as the precise dialect and regional expertise were required in order to interface with the local citizens, witnesses, and authorities. The sensitivity of the JPAC mission and the ability of the NLSC to work together exemplify the type of language support and cultural partnerships needed in U.S. federal agencies. Additionally, the NLSC Member participating in this assignment confirmed the importance of the mission stating, “It is an experience of a lifetime to take part of such a mission and brings so much meaning to being American-- proud & brave.”

About the National Language Service Corps:

The NLSC is a federal program sponsored by the Department of Defense through the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Personnel and Readiness (P&R). Designed to support federal agencies in times of national need, the NLSC program provides and maintains a readily available civilian corps of over 3,500 on-call volunteers with languages determined to be important to the security and welfare of the United States. For more information, visit

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