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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                         (New York, New York)
For Immediate Release                                       June 8, 1998
                      STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
               Resignation of Navy Secretary John Dalton

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I accept the resignation today of John Dalton as Secretary of the Navy. Whether as a young Midshipman at the US Naval Academy, in his business career, or in the five years he led the Navy, John has always been a shining example of the best America has to offer.

During Secretary Dalton's tenure, the Navy and Marine Corps have truly risen to the challenge of change, while reaffirming the core values that have always defined the Department of the Navy. His business acumen has helped to streamline and strengthen operations, and he has worked ceaselessly to extend opportunity to every sailor and Marine, helping draw strength from our rich diversity.

I thank him for his service, and for his friendship.