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Release No: 214-95
July 27, 1995

No. 214-P:07/27/95:Secretary of Defense William J. Perry an

Secretary of Defense William J. Perry announced today that he will host a meeting of the Defense Ministers of the North Atlantic Alliance at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, on October 5-6, 1995, under the chairmanship of the NATO Secretary General Mr. Willy Claes.

A NATO Defense Ministerial media center will be located at the Williamsburg Woodlands complex. The agenda and final program of the meeting has not yet been set. Due to limited space, some media events will only be covered on a pool basis. Requests for pool cards should be made when checking in at the accreditation desk.

Additional information to facilitate planning for press coverage is attached. NATO DEFENSE MINISTERIAL

Information for Media


The main news conferences of the Secretary General of NATO and the Secretary of Defense will take place at the Media Center. National press briefings will take place at the Media Center or Williamsburg Lodge Hotel. Transportation between the Media Center and the Williamsburg Lodge will be available for scheduled briefings.


Media representatives who wish to cover the meeting should complete the attached "request for accreditation" form and send it no later than August 25, 1995 to the NATO Press and Media Service office or the NATO Defense Ministerial Task Force whose addresses, telephone and fax numbers are found at the end of this advisory. Press passes will be available for collection at the Media Center from 0900 on Monday, October 2, 1995 on presentation of an ID card, passport or press card. Press passes must be worn inside the Media Center and when covering Ministerial events. An ID card must be shown at any time upon request of the security personnel. All media representatives accredited to the meeting are advised that security personnel will examine equipment and personal effects carried onto the site. To avoid delays, media representatives must arrive early to be able to clear the security checks. Television, wire services and radio networks that have bulky equipment are particularly urged to move most of it as early as possible into the media area.


The Media Center staffed by NATO and Department of Defense will be established in Williamsburg Woodlands' Commonwealth Hall from 2-7 October 1995. Media Center hours of operation will be:

9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, October 2

8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 3

8 a.m. - midnight Wednesday, October 4

6 a.m. - midnight Thursday, October 5

5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, October 6

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, October 7

The Media Center will be equipped with adequate workspace, communication and transmission facilities. The telephones will be credit card activated. Commercial catering facilities will also be available. TRANSPORTATION - PARKING

Media representatives should make their own transportation arrangements to and from Colonial Williamsburg. The Media Center is located approximately 20 minutes driving time from the nearest airport, the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, and 45 minutes from Norfolk, VA and Richmond, VA airports. Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles Airport are approximately three hours drive to Colonial Williamsburg. Media representatives are advised that shuttle planes between Washington Dulles airport and Newport News are too small to carry bulky equipment and that the number of daily flights is rather limited. The main highway into the area is Interstate 64, exit 238. From the highway exit, follow green and white Colonial Williamsburg signs to the visitor center, which is adjacent to Commonwealth Hall. There is limited Amtrak passenger train and Greyhound bus service to Colonial Williamsburg. Parking is available at the Media center. Bus transportation from the Media Center to media events will be arranged and will be the only means for entering established security zones where media events will occur. Departure times will be announced at the Media Center.


Accommodations at the Media Center complex will be available on a first come-first served basis. Media representatives interested in staying there should make their own reservations by calling 1(800) 447-8679 and asking for the Williamsburg Woodlands reservations desk (indicate you are staying in conjunction with the NATO Defense Ministerial). Reservations should be made before August 31, 1995. In view of the tourist season in this area, dates of arrival and departure as well as the number of occupants per room have to be made clear when making the reservation. Although other accommodations are available in the area, notification of changes to the event schedule cannot be guaranteed if you are not lodging at the Woodlands complex.


Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards will be adequate for payment. ACCREDITATION/GENERAL INQUIRIES

For accreditation or general questions regarding the NATO Defense Ministerial write or call:

NATO Defense Ministerial Task Force

2000 Navy Pentagon, Room 4D578

Washington, DC 20053-2000

Tel: (703) 614-3124

Fax: (703) 614-3098

For accreditation or specific questions regarding NATO issues write or call:


( Press and Media Service)

Boulevard Leopold III

1110 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: (32-2) 728-4328 or 5038

Fax: (32-2) 728-5057 or 5058


Accreditation forms and maps are available from the Directorate for Defense Information in the Pentagon, Room 2E765. The point of contact is CDR Chuck Franklin, (703) 697-5131.

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