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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 290-97
June 05, 1997

STATEMENT BY GENERAL JOSEPH W. RALSTON

I would like to express my deep appreciation for the understanding and support accorded me by Secretary of Defense Cohen, General Shalikashvili, my family, and numerous others from within and outside the military in these recent days.

Their confidence in my ability to further serve this nation means more than I can adequately express. I take full responsibility for my conduct some years ago and have worked diligently to learn from my mistakes. Our armed forces are composed of human beings that strive to meet the highest standards every day but I am acutely aware of human strengths and human frailties.

Again, I am thankful for the support I have received and I look forward to continued service to our nation.