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                        Office of the Press Secretary
                      (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts)

For Immediate Release August 29, 1997
                        UNDERSECRETARY OF THE ARMY

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Michael Walker of Smithville, Tennessee to be the Undersecretary of the Army.

Mr. Walker is currently the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Logistics and Environment. In May of this year, he was named by the Secretary of the Army to be the Service Acquisition Executive. Mr. Walker is responsible for overseeing over 100 Army installations worldwide and more than $200 billion in facilities, equipment and supplies. Since becoming Assistant Secretary in March 1994, Mr. Walker has been responsible for managing the Department of Defense's support to disasters.

Prior to joining the Defense Department, Mr. Walker served as a staff member for 25 years on Capitol Hill, working as both national security and appropriations advisor to former Senator and now U.S. Ambassador to China, Jim Sasser. Mr. Walker attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The Undersecretary of the Army is the second highest ranking civilian in the Department of the Army. Mr. Walker will serve as the principal advisor and deputy to the Secretary of the Army, Togo D. West, Jr.