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Release No: 692-96
December 23, 1996

JOINT STAFF CHAIRMAN PRAISES CAREER OF GEN. GEORGE JOULWAN

Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has issued the following statement regarding the announcement by General George A. Joulwan, Supreme Allied commander, Europe, and commander in chief, United States European Command, on the announcement of his retirement in the spring of 1997:

All too often, in our fast paced world, we take the coming and going of people as commonplace. And while the announcement today by my friend and fellow soldier, Gen. George Joulwan, of his retirement this coming spring, comes as no surprise, it is nonetheless bittersweet.

For over three years, General Joulwan, has lead one of the most dynamic theaters of operation in the world. His success in reshaping and reorganizing NATO's military forces to meet the demands of a totally new and different European security environment is clear. And no commander could be more proud and satisfied with the proven capabilities and versatility of the men and women of US European Command. He will leave behind a magnificent legacy of leadership and a re-energized NATO force prepared for the 21st Century.

General Joulwan's career is one of enormous success -- he has served at every level of command, two combat tours in Vietnam and Commander in Chief of two Unified Commands. He is an extraordinary leader, bringing a sense of direction, wisdom, confidence and skill in whatever he does.

On behalf of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the men and women of our Nation's military, I send General and Mrs. Joulwan best wishes as they prepare to retire in the coming months.

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