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Release No: 177-02
October 17, 2002

Miss USA Participates In DoD's Red Ribbon Week Events

The Department of Defense will hold its annual Red Ribbon Week anti-drug event in the Pentagon Concourse from Monday, Oct. 21 - Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002. This year's event will include national and local celebrities who will help promote the anti-drug message. All events will be held at the stage area of the Pentagon Concourse. Details of the events follow:

Monday, Oct. 21, 2002:

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT: During the opening ceremony, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Douglas J. Feith, will present the 12th Annual Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness awards. Miss USA, Shauntay Hinton, from the District of Columbia, will deliver remarks. The country band, Ricochet, will perform the national anthem and other patriotic songs.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002:

11 a.m. - noon EDT: Andre Hollis, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for counternacotics will deliver his annual remarks on the department's outreach and demand reduction efforts. Guest speakers include Kathleen Matthews of WJLA - TV; Ken Harvey, former Washington Redskin; and Tony Schumacher, an Army-sponsored top fuel drag racer.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002:

11a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT: The program highlights the role of kids' involvement in DoD's demand reduction efforts. Guest speakers include Miss Virginia, Julie Laipply, and Jon Wood, a Navy-sponsored race truck driver. In addition, Wood's vehicle will be on display in the center courtyard.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT Monday - Wednesday: Military services, Defense Agencies, and other DoD-related organizations will display anti-drug information at tables along the Pentagon Concourse area.

For additional information on the event, visit www.defenselink.mil/policy/solic/deps or call Lt. Col. Rivers Johnson at (703) 697-4162. Media without a Pentagon building pass must have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.

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