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Release No: 130-03
October 22, 2003

DoD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

            The Department of Defense will hold its annual Red Ribbon Week anti-drug event in the Pentagon Concourse from Monday, Oct. 27 – Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003.  This year’s event will include national and local celebrities who will help promote the anti-drug message.  All events will be held at the stage area of the Pentagon Concourse.   Details of the events follow: 


            Monday, Oct. 27


            11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT:  During the opening ceremony, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Thomas W. O’Connell will present the 13th Annual Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness awards.  Miss USA ® Susie Castillo from Lawrence, Mass. will deliver remarks.  Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins player, will also deliver remarks. 

            2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m.:  During the afternoon ceremony, celebrity speakers include Lynda Carter of Wonder Women fame along with R. Lee Ermey, actor and Vietnam veteran, and Jerry Nadeau, Army sponsored Nascar driver.  All will be highlighting DoD’s efforts in drug demand reduction.    Also performing at the event is noted jazz artist Ski Johnson.  The guest master of ceremonies is Mark Kessler of WARW Radio – “The Arrow.” 

            Tuesday, Oct. 28:

            10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Autograph sessions and displays of racing vehicles including Bill Lester, 2003 Dodge Ram Craftsman Truck; Eric Saunders, Suzuki motocross; Justin Allgaier, 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix Stock Car; Pete Neimeier, 2002 Dodge Intrepid minicup racecar; the Race Against Drugs Boat Display, and the 2004 M&M car.  All exhibits will be in the Pentagon Courtyard.  Drug awarness booth displays will be located on the main Pentagon Concourse.

            1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.: A ceremony in the Pentagon Courtyard will recognize Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Thomas W. O’Connell for his support of anti-drug programs.

            Wednesday, Oct. 29:

            10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Booth Displays on the Pentagon Concourse.

            For additional information on the event, visit http://www.defenselink.mil/policy/solic/cn or call Lt. Col. Rivers Johnson at (703) 697-4162.  Media without a Pentagon building pass must have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.

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