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LEAP Scholar Works with DPAA in Hungary

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According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, “at the height of the Cold War, the West carried out more than 3,000 reconnaissance flights annually. About half of these occurred over or near Communist-influenced Yugoslavia, Hungary, East Germany, North Korea, Albania and the People’s Republic of China; the others occurred over or near the former Soviet Union. The Department of Defense is currently investigating missions from the Cold War era (1946-1991), in which aircrew members were lost...”

Across the world, 126 service members remain unaccounted for from the Cold War. Hungarian LEAP Scholar 1st Lt Attila Zsigmond provided language support to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hungary to help recover the remains of these missing service members.

“My Advanced LITE was an incredible experience. Not only did it pushed my language skills, but it also gave me a new perspective on working with international partners. Additionally, working with DPAA has been a humbling experience. The opportunity to assist in the recovery of POW/MIA Airmen strikes close to home as a member of the fighter community and has been an absolute honor that I’m very thankful for,” said Zsigmond.

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