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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 660-97
December 05, 1997

NATIONAL GUARD TO STAFF HALF OF DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY SUPPORT (DOMS)

Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre, in celebrating the National Guard's 361st birthday at Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va., today, acknowledged the further integration of the National Guard into the total force and reported on steps taken to implement one of the Defense Reform Initiatives announced two weeks ago by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Hamre announced that by September 1998 up to half of the staff officers of DOMS will be from the National Guard and that from this point forward that the deputy director of DOMS would be from the National Guard.

"Today I can announce that these new staff officers will be in place by September," Hamre said. "And I am very proud to report that Brig. Gen. Roger Schultz is today serving as the DOMS deputy director. Brig. Gen. Schultz is highly decorated for his service abroad in defense of our nation, and he is the right choice to help communities face civil emergencies here at home. The deputy director of DOMS is a guardsman today, and from General Schultz on, that job will be held by a National Guardsman."

The Army operates DOMS as the executive agent for the Department of Defense. The agency's mission is to plan for and commit DoD resources in response to requests from civil authorities -- often in the form of emergency requests for assistance in responding to natural or manmade disasters or civil disturbances. Other DOMS functions include special event support and assisting in domestic preparedness implementation in response to weapons of mass destruction. Its area of responsibility covers the United States and its territories.

Schultz came to the Pentagon from his position as the deputy adjutant general, Iowa National Guard. Schultz's military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. The general's awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with silver and gold star, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Iowa Commendation Medal., and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.