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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 12, 1996


National Security Adviser Anthony Lake today announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Paul E. Busick to the NSC staff as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Gulf War Illnesses.

President Clinton has directed the Administration to leave no stone unturned in determining the causes of the illnesses that are being experienced by Gulf War veterans and in providing medical care to those who are ill. Admiral Busick will serve as the White House focal point for that effort, working closely with the relevant agencies on the full range of government activities related to Gulf War illnesses.

Admiral Busick has served since June 1993 as Director of the Office of Intelligence and Security at the Department of Transportation. In this position, he has been the Secretary of Transportation's principal liaison to the intelligence community and has had policy responsibility for security measures in all modes of transportation. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief, Office of Law Enforcement and Defense Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters. Admiral Busick has had commands at Air Station San Francisco, California and the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama.

Admiral Busick is a native of Lindenhurst, New York and a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He received a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Purdue University in 1979 and graduated from the National War College in 1989. He is the recipient of three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals with Operational Device, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

He is married to Sarah Mullikin; they have three sons, Paul Jr., Don and Thomas.

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