Army Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, departed today from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a trip to Europe.
Shelton will first travel to Bratislava, Slovakia, for a counterpart visit with Lt. Gen. Milan Cerovsky, chief of the Slovak General Staff. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, Shelton will address an audience of invited Slovak military and government officials as well as media and community members at the Forum Hotel starting at 11:10 a.m. [Slovakia time]. Shelton will tour Malacky Air Base in the afternoon. While in Slovakia, he will meet with Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda, President Rudolf Schuster, Minister of Defense Pavol Kanis, and other government and military officials.
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, Shelton will fly to Ljubljana, Slovenia, for a counterpart visit with Lt. Gen. Izok Podbregar, chief of the General Staff, Slovenia. Shelton will also meet with President Milan Kucan, Minister of Defense Franci Demsar, and other leading government and military officials. That afternoon, Shelton will participate in a brief joint press conference with Podbregar during a visit to the 1st Infantry Brigade, Slovenian Forces.
Shelton will travel to Kosovo on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, for visits with U.S. troops at Camp Bondsteel and the surrounding area before flying to Sarajevo. On Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, Shelton will visit U.S. troops in Tuzla.
Shelton will return to Washington early Friday evening, Jan. 14, 2000.