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Release No: 091-00
May 26, 2000

Deputy Secretary de Leon Travels to California

Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy de Leon travels to California Monday and Tuesday for several events.

Monday, May 29, 2000, de Leon will be the keynote speaker at the Green Hills Memorial Day Observance, to be conducted at the Green Hills Memorial Cemetery, 27501 S. Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. PDT, is open to the public and news media. For more information, contact Stacy Henderson, community events director for Green Hills Memorial Park, at (310) 521-4451.

Later that afternoon, de Leon will participate in another ceremony honoring the memory of those members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in defense of freedom. The ceremony takes place at Dodger Stadium before that afternoon's baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. The ceremony begins at 3:45 p.m. PDT and is open to the news media. For more information, contact Josh Rawitch, Los Angeles Dodgers media relations office, at (323) 224-1301.

Tuesday, May 30, 2000, de Leon visits Air Force Plant 42 for a briefing and tour of Boeing's X-32 Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstrator and Lockheed-Martin's X-35 Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstrator. There will be photo opportunities with both aircraft starting at 10 a.m. PDT for the Boeing demonstrator at Boeing's Site 1, Bldg. 145, 1500 East Ave. M., Palmdale, Calif., and at 11:30 a.m. PDT for the Lockheed-Martin demonstrator at the Lockheed-Martin Visitor Center, 1011 Lockheed Way, Lockheed Federal Credit Union parking lot, Palmdale, Calif. For more information about the Boeing photo opportunity, contact Stacia Wilkerson or Denny Kline at (661) 265-2064, (760) 446-0823, fax number (661) 265-2075, or email: stacia.wilkerson@west.boeing.com . For more information about the Lockheed-Martin photo opportunity, contact Gary Grigg at (661) 572-6267, fax number (661) 572-4163 or email: gary.grigg@lmco.com .

Following these events, de Leon will offer a news media availability beginning at 12:45 p.m. PDT at Air Force Plant 42, Detachment 1, Bldg. 552, 2503 East Avenue P, Palmdale, Calif. Press interested in attending this event should contact Della Upson at (661) 272-6718, fax number (661) 272-6702, or email: della.upson@p42.edwards.af.mil .

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