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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 355-03
May 22, 2003

KEY MILITARY COMMISSION OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED

The Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense announced the names of three key Military Commission officials. Army Colonel Fred Borch has been named as the Acting Chief Prosecutor (succeeding Marine Lieutenant Colonel William Lietzau) and Air Force Colonel Will Gunn has been named as the Acting Chief Defense Counsel. Air Force Major John Smith has been named as the Military Commissions Judge Advocate Spokesman.

Lieutenant Colonel Lietzau was instrumental in the Department of Defense's Military Commission preparations, and he has an extensive background in international law. He is departing for the National War College this summer.

Biographies of the four individuals are attached. For media, the Defense Department press office contact is Cmdr. Chris Isleib, at (703) 697-5131.

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