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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 195-99
April 26, 1999

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ORDERS MORE SUPPORT AIRCRAFT TO ALLIED FORCE

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has ordered the deployment of 30 KC-135 equivalent tanker aircraft, air crews, support personnel and associated equipment to join other U.S. aircraft participating in NATO Operation ALLIED FORCE.

This deployment fulfills in part an earlier request for more aircraft from Gen. Wesley K. Clark, commander in chief, U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander in Europe (SACEUR). The tanker aircraft will support increased operational requirements identified by Gen. Clark in his earlier request.

The aircraft will come from U.S. Transportation Command, and precise units are being identified. The aircraft will begin deploying from home bases this week.