THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND FIRST LADY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON HOST THE
CIVILIAN AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP OF THE ARMED FORCES State Dining Room, The White House February 1, 2000 This evening, President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton host the civilian and military leadership of the Armed Forces at the White House. This is the sixth White House dinner with the defense leadership and their spouses.
Since last year's dinner, there have been some changes in members of the commanders of the unified commands, the "CINCs", and with the military service chiefs. Tonight, the President will welcome General Eric Sineski as the Army Chief of Staff and General Jim Jones as the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as well as two new theater CINCs: Admiral Denny Blair of the Pacific Command and General Tom Schwartz with the U.S. Forces in Korea.
In his meeting today with the CINCs, the President discussed issues related to the state of readiness of today's armed forces. The meeting also provides n opportunity for the President to gain first-hand perspective from the senior operational commanders and theater CINCs on their respective areas of responsibility.
The President and First Lady
The Honorable John Podesta, Chief of Staff
The Honorable Samuel R. Berger, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and Mrs. Berger The Honorable Karen A. Tramontano, Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Chief of Staff The Honorable Leon Fuerth, Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, and Mrs. Fuerth The Honorable Joseph J. Simmons, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, White House Military Office, and Mrs. Simmons The Honorable James K. Steinberg, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Sherburne Abbott The Honorable Johannes A. "Hans" Binnendijk, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, Defense Policy and Arms Control, National Security Council, and Mary Locke Department of Defense The Honorable William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense, and Janet Langhart The Honorable John Hamre, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Mrs. Hamre The Honorable Richard Danzig, Secretary of the Navy, and Mrs. Danzig The Honorable Jacques Gansler, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,Technology and Logistics, and Mrs. Gansler The Honorable Walter B. Slocombe, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and The Honorable Ellen Seidman The Honorable Rudy de Leon, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and Mrs. de Leon The Honorable William J. Lynn III, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Mary Murphy
Joint Chiefs of Staff and CINCs
General Henry H. Shelton, USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Shelton General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Ralston General Eric K. Shinseki, USA, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Mrs. Shinseki General James L. Jones, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Mrs. Jones Admiral Jay L. Johnson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, and Mrs. Johnson General Michael E. Ryan, USAF, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Mrs. Ryan Admiral James M. Loy, USCG, Commandant of the Coast Guard, and Mrs. Loy General Thomas A. Schwartz, USA, Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command and Commander, United States Forces Korea, and Mrs. Schwartz Admiral Dennis C. Blair, USN, Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Command, and Mrs. Blair General Wesley K. Clark, USA, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Mrs. Clark Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr., USN, Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and Commander-in-Chief, United States Atlantic Command, and Mrs. Gehman General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC, Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, and Mrs. Zinni General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Commander-in-Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and Commander in Chief, United States Space Command, and Mrs. Myers General Charles E. Wilhelm, USMC, Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command, and Mrs. Wilhelm General Peter J. Schoomaker, USA, Commander-in-Chief, United States Special Operations Command, and Mrs. Schoomaker Admiral Richard W. Mies, USN, Commander-in-Chief, United States Strategic Command, and Mrs. Mies General Charles T. Robertson, USAF, Commander-in-Chief, United States Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command, and Mrs. Robertson ###