Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will host a farewell ceremony in honor of Gen. Henry H. Shelton, U.S. Army, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at 11 a.m. EDT, Mon., Oct. 1, 2001, on Summerall Field at Fort Myer, VA. At the ceremony, Gen. Shelton will receive his fourth Defense Distinguished Service Medal award. The ceremony will conclude with a joint service pass in review.
Gen. Shelton has completed over 38 years in uniform. He was appointed the 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 1997, and reappointed to a second two-year term in 1999. Gen. Shelton has held the position under two Presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and two Secretaries of Defense, William Cohen and Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Media must pre-register no later than 4 p.m. EDT, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001, with the Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office if they wish to attend. To register, please call (202) 685-3603.