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
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.
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
Media inquiries should go to
Glenn Flood, Directorate for Defense Information, (703) 695-3803.