The new Secretary of Defence, Elliot Richardson, was escorted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moore, during a traditional welcoming ceremony at the Pentagon on wednesday (31 Jan.).
SV Richardson (on left in civilian clothes) and Joint Chief of Staff walking past camera in Pentagon
SV Troops give salute with swords
Guns fired in salute - 2 reports
SCU Richardson sits with Admiral Moore who gives salute
GV Troops with flags at attention
SV Richardson and Moore walk out of dais toward troops
SV Richardson with officials (incl. Moore) inspecting guard of honour
SV PAN Richardson and Moore walking back to dais
GV Troops salute with swords and flag bearers lower flags
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Richardson with hand on heart
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Background: The new Secretary of Defence, Elliot Richardson, was escorted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moore, during a traditional welcoming ceremony at the Pentagon on wednesday (31 Jan.). It was M. Richardson's first working day at the Pentagon and came the day after his nomination was confirmed by the senate.
Regarded as a moderately liberal Republican, Mr. Richardson is reported to be popular with Washington officials who thought highly of his social achievements when he was health, education and welfare chief.
The outgoing Defence Secretary, Melvin Laird, who did not attend the ceremony, was not in favour of Mr. Richardson's appointment. Mr. Laird is reported to have thought that Mr. Richardson was better suited for the State Department, and that he should be appointed Secretary of State should William Rogers resign from that post. However, Mr. Rogers did not resign.
Although Richardson has had wide experience in government, he has little background in military affairs. At the welcoming ceremony he jokingly said that, when reviewing troops, he did not know whether to smile or be serious.
After the ceremony the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave Mr. Richardson an intelligence briefing, including the latest information on American bombing in Laos. the Pentagon has said little publicly about the bombing, however, Mr. Richardson promised to give as much information as possible about American Military operations.
SYNOPSIS: During his first working day at the Pentagon on Wednesday the new U.S. Secretary of Defence Elliot Richardson attended the traditional welcoming ceremony. He was escorted by Admiral Thomas Moore, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In the United States Mr. Richardson is regarded as a moderately liberal Republican and is reported to be popular with "Official Washington".
Although Mr. Richardson has wide experience in government he is reported to have little background in military affairs. During the welcoming ceremony he jokingly remarked that, when reviewing troops he did not know whether to smile or be serious.
The welcoming ceremony came the day after senate confirmation of Mr. Richardson's nomination. Outgoing Defence Secretary, Melvin Laird, was absent from the ceremony. He was reported to be against Mr. Richardson's new appointment, and to be in favour of him taking the place of Secretary of State William Rogers, if Mr. Rogers resigned. However Mr. Rogers did not resign.
So far, the Pentagon has said little publicly about American bombing in Laos. The new defence Secretary has promised to provide as much information as possible about American military operations.