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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 555-96
September 26, 1996

ARMED FORCES INAUGURAL SUPPORT COMMENCES

The Department of Defense has established the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee to plan, coordinate and provide authorized support for the 1997 Presidential Inaugural. The AFIC is a temporary joint task force of soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen dedicated to providing authorized support to the Presidential Inaugural.

The 1997 Presidential Inaugural will mark more than 200 years of military participation, dating back to April 30, 1789, when George Washington was escorted to his swearing-in ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City by members of the fledgling U.S. Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee is the DoD liaison for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The advance cell of the committee was formed in April 1996, with the potential number of people assigned peaking at 819 in January 1997. Maj. Gen. Robert F. Foley, U. S. Army, Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, is the committee chairman. Brig. Gen. Charles R. Viale, U.S. Army, is the deputy chairman.

For further information contact the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee Public Affairs Office, (301) 669-6197 or (301) 669- 6193. Information is also available on the Internet at the following address: http://www.afic.army.mil/