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Release No: 048-97
March 19, 1997

Secretary of Defense Cohen will visit with Young Marines at Marine Barracks, 8th & I Sts., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will visit with Young Marines ages 8-18 at Marine Barracks, 8th & I Sts., S.E., Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 20, 1997 at 5:30 p.m.

The 126 Young Marines participating in the program train twice a week with active duty Marines from Marine Barracks, 8th & I, who volunteer for the program. Secretary Cohen will meet with the Young Marines during their bi-weekly training session. He will also have the opportunity to discuss with their parents the beneficial effects of this community outreach program. The Secretary's visit is part of a continuing effort by the Department of Defense and the White House to highlight and promote community programs that make a difference in the Nation's Capitol.

The Young Marines is the official youth program of the Marine Corps League of the United States. The focus of this community outreach program is the Marine Corps Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program. The program promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of America's youth. Young Marines emphasize the importance of honesty, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability and a sense of devotion to God, country, community and family.

Media queries regarding coverage of Secretary Cohen's visit should be directed to Capt. Richard Luehrs, Public Affairs Officer, Marine Barracks, 8th & I, Washington, D.C., at 202-433- 6680.

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