Gen. Henry H. Shelton, U.S. Army, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will depart Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Sunday, Mar. 7, 1999, for a scheduled visit to Europe. On Monday afternoon he will give an address, "The Transatlantic Commitment" at NATO's 50th Anniversary Conference hosted by the Royal United Services Institute for Defense Studies (RUSI). His speech will be given in the historic Banqueting Hall of the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace in London. After his remarks, Shelton will hold a press conference in the RUSI Media Center.
Shelton then departs for Brussels, Belgium, for NATO Military Committee/Chief of Staff meetings being held Tuesday, Mar. 9 through Wednesday, Mar. 10, 1999.
After the conclusion of the NATO meetings, Shelton will fly to Warsaw, Poland, for a visit hosted by his counterpart, Lt. Gen. Henryk Szumski, Chief of the Polish General Staff. The following day, they will visit Polish troops in Krakow where they will hold a joint press conference in the Sixth Air Assault Brigade training area. Later in the afternoon, Shelton will lay a wreath in Warsaw at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Pilsudski Square. This will be followed by office visits with President of Poland, His Excellency Aleksander Kwasniewski, and the Prime Minister, His Excellency Jerzy Buzek. Shelton's visit to Poland comes the day prior to the historic accession ceremonies in Independence, Missouri, for the The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, when those countries become members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Shelton departs Warsaw on Friday, Mar. 12, 1999, to visit troops in Bosnia. He will return to Washington late that evening.