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Release No: 590-96
October 16, 1996


The Department of Defense announced today that Dr. Alvin H. Bernstein, director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, is leaving the Marshall Center to ac-accept a position at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bernstein has been director the of the Marshall Center since June 1, 1993. Deputy Secretary of Defense John P. White, said, "I want to thank Al Bernstein for the key role he played in establishing the Marshall Center. The Center is instrumental in helping to educate military officers and civilians from the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries in the value of democracy and the mechanics of running a military under civilian control."

The Department also announced that Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John P. Otjen is being appointed as American deputy director of the Marshall Center. Gen. Otjen served in the US Army for more than 31 years, retiring from active duty in 1995. His last active duty assignment was Commanding General, First United States Army, Ft. George G. Meade, Md. A second deputy director is provided by the German government.

The George C. Marshall Center was established in 1993 to respond to the new security challenges that emerged at the end of the Cold War, specifically, to promote stability in Europe by helping the nations of Central Europe and the former Soviet Union to develop democratic institutions. The Marshall Center's mission is to foster the development of defense institutions and security structures compatible with democratic processes and civilian control.

An interim director for the Marshall Center will be named shortly. The Department of Defense will form a search committee to nominate candidates for a replacement for Dr. Bernstein.

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