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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 085-99
April 15, 1999

Full Honor Ceremony/Joint Press Conference MoD Italy

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will host a full honors arrival ceremony to welcome Minister of Defense Carlo Scognamiglio of Italy to the Pentagon at 10 a.m. (EDT), Friday, April 16, 1999.

The ceremony will be held on the River Parade Field of the Pentagon.

Secretary Cohen and Minister Scognamiglio will hold a joint press conference in the Pentagon Briefing Room, Rm# 2E781, at 11:15 a.m. (EDT). The briefing will be held to announce findings and recommendations of the bilateral Italian-U.S. Commission headed by Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, U.S. Navy, and Lt. Gen. Leonardo Tricarico, Italian Air Force, that assessed the corrective safety measures taken since the accident near Cavalese, Italy.

Following Secretary Cohen and Minister Scognamigilio's press conference, Adm. Prueher will be present to brief on the findings and recommendations of the bilateral commission. Brig. Gen. Giuseppe Bernardis, Italian Defense Attache in Washington, will join Adm. Prueher for this portion of the briefing.

Media covering the arrival must be at the River Parade Field no later than 9:40 a.m. (EDT). Media interested in covering the press conference must be at the Mall Entrance of the Pentagon no later than 10:55 a.m. (EDT). For further information contact Pat Toombs at (703) 697-6161.