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Release No: 273-02
May 29, 2002


Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has designated six representatives from academic, business and human rights communities as members of the first board of visitors to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), a DoD international professional education center located at Fort Benning, Ga.

The board designees, who meet for the first time June 3-4 at WHINSEC, will join members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and other DoD and State Department representatives, to round out the 13-member board.

  • Rumsfeld's designees are:
  • * The Rev. Denis St. Marie, diocesan mission director for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, Diocese of Cleveland;
  • * Retired Ambassador Dennis Jett, dean of Latin American Studies, University of Florida;
  • * Steven M. Schneebaum; partner, Patton Boggs LLP;
  • * Dr. Jennie Lincoln, principal research associate, Information, Technology and Telecommunications, Georgia Tech Research Institute;
  • * Retired Ambassador Joe Sorzano, chairman, The Austin Group; and
  • * Dr. Deborah Avant, associate professor, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

The other board members include Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.); Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.); Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.); Otto Reich, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Gen. John N. Abrams, commanding general, Army Training and Doctrine Command; and Maj. Gen. Gary Speer, acting commander, U. S. Southern Command.

The task of the board of visitors, as required by the Floyd Spence National Defense Authorization Act of 2001, is to oversee curriculum, fiscal affairs and academic methods of WHINSEC, and to report its observations and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense within 60 days of adjournment.

For more information contact Lt. Col. Pat Mackin, (703) 697-4109; Lt. Col. Andres Toro, (703) 692-7421; and Chip Barclay, (202) 647- 4352.

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