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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 412-97
July 31, 1997

SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER ATLANTIC NAMED

NATO's Defense Planning Committee (DPC) adopted a resolution today accepting the nomination of Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr., U.S. Navy, as Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. Gehman was nominated on the recommendation of the President of the United States. In addition to the NATO position, Gehman will be assigned as Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Command, pending U.S. Senate confirmation.

The nomination of Gehman follows the agreement, with great regret, of the DPC to release Gen. John J. Sheehan from his assignment as Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic. The decision came in response to a letter from the President of the United States to the Secretary General of NATO. The DPC expressed to Sheehan the lasting gratitude of their governments for his distinguished service.

The appointment of Adm. Gehman and release of Gen. Sheehan is scheduled to take effect in September 1997.