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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 020-97
February 14, 1997

Trip to Midwest by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, U.S. Army, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will depart Andrews Air Force Base on Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, to visit the United States Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., for an update on its mission and space issues. On Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, he will hold a media availability prior to departure for Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

In Nebraska, the Chairman will visit the United States Strategic Command for discussions and briefings about its mission. A media availability will be held there on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Gen. Shalikashvili will fly to Peoria, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, where he will serve as guest speaker at the Creve Coeur Club's Washington Birthday banquet. This year's dinner marks the club's 99th annual celebration of President George Washington's birth and is one of the oldest traditions of its kind in the United States. The event will commence at 6 p.m. in Peoria's Civic Center. Gen. Shalikashvili will return to Washington after the banquet.

Media desiring to cover any of the events should contact Ms. Joan Asboth or Ms. Carolyn Piper in the Public Affairs Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at (703) 697-4272; Maj. Steve Boylan at U.S. SPACECOM, (719) 554-9618; Lt. Sharon Heath at U.S. STRATCOM, (402) 294-4892; or Mr. Henry Hollings, Creve Coeur Banquet Chairman, Peoria, Ill., (309) 675-4418.