Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness David S. C. Chu will be available to members of the press at the conclusion of his visit to Kirtland AFB on Friday, May 31, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. MDT. Media should plan to arrive at the Education Building 39 Auditorium of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center campus by 3:30 p.m. MDT.
Chu will discuss the joint venture between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in caring for servicemembers, families, and veterans. He will also address the war on terrorism , transformation of the military, and the importance of national service .
Later in the evening, Dr. Chu will deliver the keynote address at the 2002 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards banquet at the Crown Plaza Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque. The awards ceremony and speech are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. MDT.
The New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards recognize unusual contributions in public service and the improvement of government at all levels by both government employees and private citizens.
Members of the press interested in interviewing Chu should contact Michael Kleiman at (505) 256-2843 or Lt. Col. James Cassella (703) 697-5134. Those who wish to cover the banquet and speech should contact Chris Miller at (505) 844-5550.