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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 21, 1997
                       AS SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE

The President today announced his intent to nominate Daryl L. Jones to be Secretary of the Air Force.

Mr. Jones, of Miami, Florida, has been a member of the Florida Senate since 1992. He served as President Designate of the Senate from 1995 to 1996. Prior to serving in the Florida Senate, he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1990 to 1992. He served in the U.S. Air Force beginning with his graduation from the Air Force Academy in 1977 until 1984, and he continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve. Mr. Jones was the Cadet Vice Wing Commander at the Air Force Academy (its second highest leadership position), and was also Wing Open boxing champion in 1973-74 in the middleweight division. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1987.

The Secretary of the Air Force is the senior civilian in the organization, and is responsible for all matters of Air Force manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems, equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management for the 380,000 active duty and 115,000 civilian Air Force personnel.