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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 063-04
December 14, 2004

Pentagon Briefing on Iraq Reconstruction

            Charles Hess, director of the Iraq Project and Contracting Office (PCO) will conduct a press briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579 at 10 a.m. EST regarding Iraq reconstruction progress.

            The Iraq Project and Contracting Office (PCO), is responsible for implementing nearly $12.4 billion of the $18.44 billion in the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund approved by Congress.  Mr. Hess will discuss logistics and security, success in achieving reconstruction goals despite insurgency.  Iraq reconstruction projects recently surpassed the 1,000 construction start goal initially set for year end.

            Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.