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Release No: 174-97
April 14, 1997


To plan events for its golden birthday celebration, the Department of Defense today announced that it has formed the 50th Anniversary Observance Committee that will coordinate activities for the official observance week scheduled for September 15-19, 1997, at the Pentagon.

September 17, 1997, marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Defense, which was created by the National Security Act of 1947. The goal of this act was to provide integrated policies and procedures for the departments, agencies and functions of the government related to national security. The passage of the act built the foundation for a modern national security structure.

According to Robert A. Jackson, chairman of the DoD 50th Anniversary Observance Committee, tentatively planned festivities include a full honors ceremony, a joint services flyover of the Pentagon building, an extensive exhibit depicting DoD's 50-year history, and concerts performed by military bands. Jackson said all out efforts will be made to provide a festive atmosphere for Pentagon occupants and visitors during the week of the event. The committee consists of representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Washington Headquarters Services.

Members of the general public who have questions or comments concerning the 50th anniversary celebration can contact the committee by calling (703) 693-3768, or through e-mail at #DOD50th@ccmailgw.ref.osd.mil. Media inquiries should go to Glenn Flood, Directorate for Defense Information, (703) 695-3803.

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