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22 Officers Chosen for White House Program

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 1997 – Twenty-two military officers are among the 99 regional finalists competing for 1997-1998 White House fellowships.

White House Fellows spend a year working as full-time paid assistants to senior White House, Cabinet and other executive branch officials. Previous fellows include former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, retired Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Colin Powell and Tom Johnson, president of Cable News Network.

Army officers selected as regional finalists are Maj. Thomas E. Ayres, U.S. Army Environmental Law Division, Arlington, Va.; Majs. Donna J. Duellberg and Curtis M. Masiello, Fort Drum, N.Y.; Maj. Michael Fallon, Camp Stanley, Republic of Korea; Maj. Terrence Kelly, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; Maj. Richard J. Kilroy Jr., U.S. Southern Command Washington Field Office, Arlington, Va.; Maj. Ferdinand D. Samonte, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and Maj. Robert P. Whalen, Jr., Tongduchon, Republic of Korea.

Navy regional finalists are Lts. Paul I. Bowen III and Barry J. Gittleman, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; Cmdr. James G. Foggo III and Lt. Cmdr. Sean E. O'Connor, Pentagon, Washington; Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Haney, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.; Cmdr. Kevin M. McCoy, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va.; Cmdr. Clifford A Skelton, Strike Fighter Squadron 105; and Lt. Cmdr. Glenn T. Ware, Judge Advocate Corps, Navy Carrier Group Five.

Air Force candidates are Maj. Linda S. Aldrich, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.; Maj. Clarence Bouchat, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Lt. Col. Richard Harris, Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Capt. Steven B. Harrison, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; and Maj. Roderick C. Zastrow, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The President's Commission on White House Fellowships also selected Marine Corps Capt. John Russell Flatter of Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., as a regional finalist.

These officers will appear before boards in March and April. The boards will select up to 33 finalists for commission screening in Washington in June. The commission will then recommend up to 19 names to President Clinton for appointment.

The White House Fellowship program, established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, provides a chance for Americans in their 30s to spend a year working at the highest levels of federal government. Their assignments range from speech writing and developing policy papers to conducting briefings.

The fellows also participate in an education program that includes off-the-record meetings with high-ranking government officials, scholars, journalists and private sector leaders.

Military service members wishing to obtain an application for the 1998-99 program should write to

White House Fellows Program

712 Jackson Place, NW

Washington, D.C. 20503.

Federal government civilian employees are not eligible.

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