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National Guard Bureau

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 23, 1997 –

DoD Shelf-Life Training Available

Attention, storage activities and retail end-level users. Are you incurring high disposal costs from your hazardous shelf-life materiel? Are shelf-life materiels going to waste in storage? A new DoD resource will help you to manage shelf-life materiel.

The Defense Logistics Agency Operations Support Office will show you how to properly manage these items and train your personnel to reduce disposal costs by using the M-204 Program. The office provides two-day courses in DoD shelf-life management. The course includes computer instruction via on-line access to the DoD M-204 Program. The training also provides DoD policy information on how to properly manage your shelf-life materiels at the inventory control point, source of supply and distribution levels.

Call the office to request training for your activity or to sign up for one of the classes being taught at the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va. on March 25-26, June 3-4 and Sept. 9-10. Points of contact are Gilbert Ruffin, DSN 695-5224/(804) 279-5224, Karen Wolfe, DSN 695-5212/(804) 279-5212, and Pam Hagan, DSN 695-3880/(804) 279-3880. (From the Defense Supply Center, Richmond)

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Postal Service Honors America's First Black General

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service will issue a 32-cent stamp Jan. 28 honoring Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr., the first African American to become a general officer.

The stamp features Davis standing on a military vehicle while on an inspection tour near the American front in France in 1944.

His son, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., commanded the all-black 332nd Fighter Group in Europe during World War II and became the nation's first black three-star general.

Davis Sr. started his military career as a private on July 13, 1898. As he rose through the ranks, Davis saw duty in Europe during World War I, two tours in the Philippines and later served as a military attache in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the grade of Commander of the Order of the Star of Africa.

The stamp is the 20th in the Postal Service's Black Heritage series. Davis is the first African-American career military person to be honored with a commemorative stamp.

The Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978 with a stamp honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Honorees in the series include Martin Luther King Jr., A. Phillip Randolph, Mary McLeod Bethune, James Weldon Johnson, Ida B. Wells and, last year, marine biologist Ernest E. Just.

Collectors can obtain a first-day-of-issue cancellation on the Davis stamp by purchasing it at a local post office, affixing it to a self-addressed envelope and sending it inside a larger envelope to:

Ben O. Davis Sr. Stamp

Postmaster, 900 Brentwood Road NE

Washington, D.C. 20066-9991.

Orders must be postmarked no later than Feb. 27. (AFPS)

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