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Release No: 145-97
March 31, 1997


Today Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced that the President has nominated General Wesley K. Clark to replace General George A. Joulwan as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

Since June 26, 1996, General Clark has commanded the United States Southern Command. As Commander-in-Chief of the United States Southern Command, Clark is the senior U.S. military commander in Latin America (except Mexico and the Caribbean) -- responsible for implementing U.S. national security policy and strategy in the region.

General Joulwan previously announced he would retire this summer after 36 years of commissioned service. General Joulwan has served as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, since October 21, 1993.

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