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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 128-97
June 05, 1997

Full Honors Ceremony for Chief of the General Staff, Israel

General John M. Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host a Joint Service Full Honors Ceremony at Whipple Field, Fort Myer, Va, at 9 a.m., June 5, 1997, for Lieutenant General Amnon Shahak, Chief of the General Staff, Israel.

At the ceremony, General Shahak will receive the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander), the highest U.S. military award that can be presented to a foreign military officer. A copy of the citation is attached.

General Shahak is visiting the United States during the period June 4-6 as the guest of General Shalikashvili. While in Washington, General Shahak will meet with senior US civilian and military officials and, on June 6, he will visit the Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center for briefings.

For details regarding photographic opportunities, contact Carolyn Piper in the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs Office, telephone (703) 697-4272.