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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 384-97
July 17, 1997

Statement by General John Shalikashvili Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Nomination of General Henry "Hugh" Shelton as his Successor

General Hugh Shelton is the right officer to lead the U.S. Armed Forces into the 21st Century. He is a consummate military professional; a decorated combat veteran and a superb leader. General Shelton and his wife, Carolyn, care deeply about our men and women in uniform, and the issues that directly affect their training, readiness and quality of life.

General Shelton has the proven skills, the broad experience and, most importantly, the dynamic vision required to ensure our military forces remain the best in the world. General Shelton is superbly qualified to provide sound, forthright military advice to the President and the Secretary of Defense.

I look forward to working with General Shelton for a smooth transition this fall following his confirmation by the Senate.