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Release No: 208-97
May 01, 1997

MAJOR GENERAL WARREN L. FREEMAN

APPOINTED TO RESERVE FORCES POLICY BOARD

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has announced the designation of Maj. Gen. Warren L. Freeman as the Army National Guard member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board effective May 1, 1997. Freeman currently serves as the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard.

The 24-member board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the board serves as the principal policy advisor to the secretary of Defense on reserve component matters. Members include the assistant secretary responsible for reserve affairs from each of the military departments, and active and reserve component general and flag officers representing all Services, including the Coast Guard.

Born in Jackson, Ga. and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, the general's military career spans more than 29 years -- with a majority of it in the service of the D.C. National Guard. That career began as an enlisted soldier who, after serving more than two years, moved on to a commission as a second lieutenant from Officers Candidate School in July 1969. Following commissioning, he attended basic courses in both infantry and military police schools. His military experience includes service as a platoon leader, tactical officer, a variety of staff and operations officer positions, and several command billets before assuming his current position in December 1995.

Freeman holds a bachelor's degree in management from Pacific - Western University, Los Angeles, Calif., and a master's in management from National - Louis University, Chicago, Ill. He has also completed numerous military schools including Army War College, National Defense University, Reserve Component, Command and General Staff College, and the Harvard University JFK School of Government, Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

Freeman's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one star, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one hourglass device.

Freeman currently resides in Mitchellville, Md.