What: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in conjunction with The High Energy
Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF), a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Space
and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), will unveil its new Solid State Heat Capacity
Laser (SSHCL) during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The SSHCL program began in FY97
through congressional funding under an agreement between SMDC and Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. The first of its kind, the SSHCL is
a 10-kilowatt laser designed with high potential for the Army’s Future Combat System
(FCS) applications.

Who: The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano Jr.,
commanding general, SMDC.

When: 10 a.m. MDT on September 28, 2001

Where: White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

NOTE: News media interested in attending the ceremony should contact Marco
Morales at 256-955-2158 or Debbie Bingham at 505-678-1134 (**See further details

To register for this event, or, if you need directions to White Sands Missile Range
(WSMR), please call Debbie Bingham at 505-678-1134 by noon Thursday, Sept. 27,

News media representatives should proceed to Building 1782 (Public Affairs Office)
and arrive not later than 8:30 a.m., Sept. 28, 2001. Upon your arrival to the White
Sands Missile Range, be advised that because of heightened security, you may
experience further delay. Furthermore, please be prepared to show a photo ID
(drivers license) and current proof of auto insurance and registration at the entrance
to WSMR.


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