News

21 October 1997

TEXT: GEN. HABIGER TO VISIT RUSSIAN STRATEGIC ROCKET FORCES

(DOD announces visit of U.S. Strategic Command CINC) (300)



The Pentagon -- The Department of Defense announced October 21 that
General Eugene E. Habiger, U.S. Air Force, commander in chief, U.S.
Strategic Command, will visit senior members of the Russian Strategic
Rocket Forces (SRF) at the invitation of Gen. Col. V.N. Yakovlev,
commander in chief, Russian SRF.


The visit is part of a long-running program that has helped increase
stability by fostering trust and understanding between our respective
strategic forces, according to the DOD announcement.


Following is the text of the DOD press release:



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U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND CINC VISITS RUSSIA



Gen. Eugene E. Habiger, U.S. Air Force, commander in chief, U.S.
Strategic Command, will be visiting senior members of the Russian
Strategic Rocket Forces (SRF) at the invitation of Gen. Col. V.N.
Yakovlev, commander in chief, Russian SRF. The visit will occur
between October 22-28, 1997, as part of the continuing
military-to-military contact program sponsored under the Nunn-Lugar
Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.


This is Habiger's second visit, but it is the third visit for a U.S.
Strategic Command CINC. While there, Habiger will meet with senior
leaders in Moscow and elsewhere and visit a number of facilities.
Among the sites he will visit are: an SRF Reserve Command Post in
Balabanovo; Valadimir Missile Army Headquarters; an SS-25 Division in
Tejkovo; and an SS-24 rail garrison Kostroma. At each of these sites,
Habiger will receive orientations and briefings on Russian SRF
organization, systems and operations.


This is part of a long-running program that has helped increase
stability by fostering trust and understanding between our respective
strategic forces.


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