Secretary of the Army Togo D. West Jr., will represent Secretary of DefenseWilliam J. Perry during a visit to Tirana, Albania on Thursday.
West is scheduled to meet with high level officials from the Ministry ofDefense and the Office of the President.
He will also meet with the Chief ofthe General Staff, who is the equivalent of the U.S. Chairman of the JointChiefs.
Secretary West will present the Albanian government with a donation of medicalsupplies worth nearly $500,000, including hospital beds, mattresses, and linensand a variety of surgical instruments and consumable medical items.
Before returning to Washington Thursday evening, Secretary West will tour thesite of the on-going, combined United States/Albanian exercise Uje Kristal,which means "clear water." The exercise, which kicked off on July 1 andcontinues through September 16, is the first such exercise to involve majorengineering projects, including well-digging and generator installation.
It isconducted in the spirit of Partnership for Peace and involves about 150soldiers from the South Carolina National Guard.
For more information, contact MSG Dawn Kilpatrick at 703-695-1717