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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 198-97
September 08, 1997

NATO Fall Tour

Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host the NATO Military Committee for a visit to the United States during the period September 12-18, 1997. Shalikashvili is a member of the 16-country NATO Military Committee. The visit is part of the NATO Committee's 10-day tour of North America and is part of a continuing program of visits to regions in the alliance. Prior to arriving in the U. S., the NATO representatives will tour military installations in Canada from September 9-12.

The Military Committee is the highest military authority in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is composed of the chiefs of defence of each member nation and Iceland, which has no armed forces.

While in the U. S., the Military Committee will visit Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; visit the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.; observe flight operations aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower off the Southeast Coast. The tour will include a stop in Washington, D.C. on September 18 and a joint services full honors ceremony in honor of the NATO Military Committee at Whipple Field, Fort Myer, Va., at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).

Any questions regarding the U. S. portion of the NATO Military Committee Fall Tour should be directed to Carolyn Piper in Shalikashvili's public affairs office, at (703) 697-4272.