United States Department of Defense
Rick Stone received a Master of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and accepted an appointment to serve in the Intelligence Directorate (J2) of the Joint P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Command (JPAC) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam in Hawaii.
“I cannot think of a more honorable endeavor than to lend whatever assistance I can to the noble mission given to JPAC. The men and women who answered the call to defend our country during its hour of need in World War II certainly deserve not only our admiration and respect but also our continued efforts to pay the debt we owe them for making the ultimate sacrifice”, said Chief Stone at the time of his appointment.
Falling directly under the United States Department of Defense, JPAC was a Department of the Navy command charged with investigating, recovering, and identifying missing American servicemen and women from past conflicts. Over 73,000 remain missing from World War II and very little progress has been made since 1973 in finding and identifying these missing heroes. In the Intelligence Directorate at JPAC, Chief Stone joined a group of dedicated professionals who shared a common dedication to resolve World War II era cases.
The Intelligence Directorate’s day-to-day operations involved conducting historical research, investigating leads, and locating Americans who were killed in action but were never brought home. Frustrated by JPAC Command’s lack of leadership, dysfunctional management, and the JPAC Laboratory’s refusal to accept case investigations; this group of highly skilled analysts, researchers, and investigators were caught between their dedication to a noble cause and the JPAC command’s obstruction to their efforts. After personally researching, investigating, and submitting over 175 major case investigations; Chief Stone’s service with JPAC was completed in July 2012.
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