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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 200-97
September 11, 1997

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will visit Illinois and Kansas

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen is scheduled for speaking engagements and media availabilities while visiting military installations and a university campus while in Illinois and Kansas.

On Thursday, September 11, 1997, Secretary Cohen will visit the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., to observe recruit training and meet with recruit division commanders. A media availability will be held at 1:15 p.m. (CDT) in classroom one of the inprocessing building at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Point of contact for coverage and the availability is Lieutenant Commander Curry Graham, (847) 688-2430. An audio feed of the media availability is planned to be transmitted to the Pentagon.

On the following day, Friday, September 12, 1997, Secretary Cohen will visit the Eisenhower Elementary School in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in support of President Clinton's "Back to School" program underscoring the importance of education. In addition to photo opportunities, a media availability will be held in the Eisenhower Elementary School lobby at 8:50 a.m. (CDT). Point of contact for coverage and the availability is Lieutenant Colonel Jim Gleisberg or Ms. Janet Ray at (913) 684-1718. An audio feed of the media availability is planned to be transmitted to the Pentagon.

Later that morning, Secretary Cohen will visit Fort Riley, Kan., to observe troop training and meet with soldiers. In addition to photo opportunities, a media availability will be held in the foyer of Building 500, Fort Riley, Kan., at 12:10 p.m. (CDT). Point of contact for coverage and the availability is Major John Stautter at (913) 239-3032. An audio feed of the media availability is planned to be transmitted back to the Pentagon.

In the afternoon, Secretary Cohen will be the Landon lecturer at Kansas State University at the McCain Auditorium in Anderson Hall, Manhattan, Kan., where he will give insights on the status of today's armed forces at 2:00 p.m. (CDT). The event is open to the media. Point of contact is Ms. Cheryl May, director of Kansas State University news services at (913) 532-6415. An audio feed of the lecture is planned to be transmitted back to the Pentagon.