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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 16, 2004


Diplomatic Security Special Agents to Receive Heroism Awards

Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage will present U.S. Department of State Heroism Awards to three Diplomatic Security special agents assigned to the Office of Mobile Security Deployment in a ceremony on Monday, December 20, 2004 at 10 a.m. in the Delegatesí Lounge. The agents, Christopher R. Belmonti of Gurnee, Ill., Raymond Kyliavas of Huntsville, Ala., and Alston A. Richardson of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, are being honored for their heroic actions in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in February 2004.

The ceremony is open for press coverage. Press wishing to cover the ceremony must have cameras in place by 9 a.m. and will depart at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Media representatives may cover this event upon presentation of either (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a photo ID issued by the employing media organization, or (3) a letter on official letterhead from their news organization verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo ID (driversí license or passport) at the 23rd Street entrance of the U.S. Department of State.

Press Contacts: Diplomatic Security Public Affairs, (571) 345-2503

Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State, (202) 647-2492

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Released on December 16, 2004

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