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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 217-13
April 06, 2013

Statement by Press Secretary George Little on Clemency Granted to U.S. Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano

            Secretary Hagel welcomes the news of President Napolitano's decision to grant clemency to U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Romano, and appreciates the Italian government's careful consideration of this matter. The United States and Italy have a strong partnership on a wide range of issues, including close cooperation on NATO defense issues.  We believe that this decision is consistent with the shared views of the governments of United States and Italy on the terms of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement.