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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 1, 1995
                       REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                    TO THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY

The East Room

6:44 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Please be seated. I'm delighted to see all of you here. Senator Burns, Secretary Widnall, to our distinguished military leaders who are here -- General Shalikashvili, General Fogelman, General Stein -- members of the Board of Visitors of the Air Force Academy, Coach DeBerry, and the seniors of the Falcons football team. I want to congratulate the Air Force Academy on winning the Commander in Chief trophy now for the sixth year in a row.

When I presented the Air Force Academy the Commander in Chief trophy two years ago I had just become President and I didn't understand that the idea of a traveling trophy meant that it was supposed to go back and forth between Colorado and Washington -- (laughter) -- once a year. I now understand what this traveling trophy is. (Laughter.) And I think I will be far more comfortable in doing my duty today.

I was impressed with the Air Force Academy's ferocious defense. We could use some of your coaching up here from time to time, Coach. Sacking the opposing quarterback a record 48 times; two straight games holding your opponents to minus four yards rushing; and after years of a wishbone offense, which I have followed closely, you pass more -- over 1,500 yards this year. I think it's more appropriate for the Air Force Academy to have a big air attack. (Laughter.)

More importantly, you've won this trophy six years in a row, and you won this year because the young men who play football have embraced the lessons that Coach DeBerry has taught. The values of discipline, teamwork, and faith produced success not only on the field, but also in the Air Force and in life.

I look forward to seeing all of you again on May 31st, when I will have the honor of speaking at your commencement. And I am very proud that in 30 days all the young men behind me will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

Having said that, I am very pleased now to present the Commander in Chief trophy to Coach DeBerry and the Air Force Academy Falcons, and to invite the Coach up here to make whatever remarks he'd like to make. Congratulations. (Applause.)

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