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Josh Vance

Josh Vance

Josh is a commercial airline pilot and a retired United States Marine Corps Major. He flew KC-130E/F/T/R/J and UC-35D aircraft, in addition to time as an Infantry Officer as a Platoon Commander, Company Executive officer and Company Commander. Josh retired with over 21 years of service in the Marine Corps. He has been deployed to numerous places throughout the world to include five combat deployments to the Middle East. He is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and PADI TECREC Technical Diving Instructor and has logged over 1,000 dives, most while stationed on Okinawa, Japan. He was a founding member of the Kingfisher Project, which was later renamed the Kwajalein MIA Project, and was responsible for locating all of the WWII Veterans involved in the Kingfisher part of the project, and coordinating their reunion on Veterans Day 2012. He also assisted Harrison "Dub" Miller in being awarded several service medals and his three Air Medals for his combat missions flown during World War II, which were presented by his Congressman, Richard Nugent. He keeps in touch with all surviving Veterans and has been instrumental in CONUS-based operations in support of the Kwajalein MIA Project, to include conducting liaison with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), formerly the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). This coordination has resulted in the assignment of case numbers to all aircraft the team is searching for in the Kwajalein Atoll lagoon. He has played an instrumental part in the search for the Kingfisher and Hellcat and will continue until the team locates all MIA-related aircraft in the lagoon.