The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Commandant of the Coast
Guard will host an Armed Forces Review and Award Ceremony in
honor of the Secretary of Defense, Dr. William J. Perry, at
Summerall Field, Fort Myer, Va., at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14,
1997. The ceremony, which is by invitation only, will include an
Armed Forces full honor review, a fly-over, presentation of
awards and remarks by Dr. Perry and Gen. John M. Shalikashvili,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dr. Perry is leaving the Department of Defense after four
years, having served as Secretary since February 1994 and as
Deputy Secretary from March 1993 to February 1994. His tenure
has been marked by numerous notable achievements to include
dramatic reductions in nuclear weapons, the creation of new
security structures in Europe, the effective use of America's
military in some 30 operations worldwide, and the successful
management of the most extensive downsizing and restructuring of
the U.S. military since World War II. He has forged an effective
working relationship between the civilian and military
leadership. But perhaps his greatest achievement is the bond he
established with our nation's men and women in uniform.
Dr. Perry leaves a legacy of unparalleled leadership during
a time of enormous change for the U.S. military, the Department
of Defense, the nation, and the world. There is no one I admire
and respect more than Bill Perry. He is a dear friend and I will
miss working with him daily to ensure that America's Armed Forces
remain strong and second to none, said General Shalikashvili.
In addition to General Shalikashvili, the members of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff are Gen. Joseph W. Ralston, vice chairman;
Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman, chief of staff, U.S. Air Force; Gen.
Dennis A. Reimer, chief of staff, U.S. Army; Gen. Charles C.
Krulak, commandant of the Marine Corps; and Adm. Jay L. Johnson,
chief of Naval Operations. The Commandant of the Coast Guard is
Adm. Robert K. Kramek.
Media desiring to cover the event should contact Ms. Kim
Walz at the Military District of Washington Public Affairs office
at (202) 685-2892.