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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 480-01
October 02, 2001

ARMY SECRETARY TO LEAD DOD HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORT

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that he has designated Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White as DoD's executive agent for all homeland security matters.

"In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, homeland security has emerged as a paramount national priority," White said. "As the Department of Defense executive agent for homeland security, I look forward to working closely with Gov. Tom Ridge as he leads this vital effort."

White became the 18th Secretary of the Army on May 31, 2001. Prior to his appointment, he served as vice chairman of Enron Energy Services. White is a retired Army brigadier general.

"Since the earliest days of our nation, the Army -- both active and reserve -- has engaged in homeland security," White said. "So the Army brings enormous experience, talent and capabilities to the effort."

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