THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RUDY DE LEON AIR FORCE UNDER SECRETARY AND JEFFREY K. HARRIS AIR FORCE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SPACE
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Rudy de Leon Undersecretary of the Air Force, the number two civilian position in that branch, and Jeffrey K. Harris Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space.
"These two individuals have each given almost two decades of substantial service to their country," the President said. "I am confident their experience and commitment will serve them well in their important new roles."
de Leon, a native of California, has eighteen years of experience in government service. Most recently, he served as chief of staff to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. Prior to his assignment in the Pentagon, de Leon was Staff Director of the House Armed Services Committee and directed the committee's 1992 review "Defense for a New Era, Lessons of the Persian Gulf War."
As Undersecretary of the Air Force, de Leon will be chief deputy to Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall.
Harris has more than 18 years of experience with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he held a variety of key policy-making positions. Harris received a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology.
As the Air Force Assistant Secretary for Space, Harris will be responsible for all space matters and will serve as the director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) - the organization which buys and operates our national space-based reconnaissance and intelligence systems.