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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 15, 1996

STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY

On Monday March 18, 1996, the President will travel to Fort Polk, Louisiana, to visit American troops who participated in Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti. Representatives from major units that participated in this operation will attend a joint awards ceremony honoring all U.S. military units who served in Haiti. The President will also see several family members of those soldiers currently serving in Bosnia.

Fort Polk is home to the Joint Readiness Training Center and the Army's Second Armored Cavalry Regiment. Units from the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment served in Haiti as part of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH). The last U.S. combat forces return from Haiti on March 15, although some support forces will remain.

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