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Release No: 661-94
November 23, 1994


Secretary of Defense William Perry has announced the designation of Terrance M. O'Connell as chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. O'Connell currently serves as executive vice president for Keefe Company, a governmental relations firm based in Washington, D.C.

The 22-member Reserve Forces Policy Board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the board serves as the principle 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 al service, including the Coast Guard.

Perry presided over O'Connell's swearing in ceremonies held yesterday afternoon in the defense secretary's offices. Perry praised him as a person whose life was "marked by a deep and profound desire to serve his country.

"Terry's knowledge of the military and military history, his life experience, and his ability to relate to people will allow him to make important and unique contributions to the challenges facing the Reserve components," said Perry.

O'Connell's career includes military service in Vietnam, where he was wounded when he used his body to shield another soldier from an exploding grenade. His military decorations include the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Star with two devices.

Upon his return to civilian life, O'Connell devoted himself to a life of service both inside and outside government. In his current position with the Keefe Company, "he's gained expertise in a broad range of fields, including defense," said Perry.

O'Connell is a 1967 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Economics. He and spouse, Linda reside in Chevy Chase, Md. The couple have three children.

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