By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Nov. 7) - Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld could make a stopover on Guam this month.

Very few details about his trip through the region have been released.

Rumsfeld is tentatively scheduled to travel to Guam, Japan and Korea within the period of Nov. 12 and Nov. 18, Andersen Air Force Base spokeswoman Lt. Kim Melchor said yesterday. Melchor said she could not release any other information and a formal announcement will be made at a later date.

John Dela Rosa, a spokesman for Gov. Felix Camacho, said there have been "indications" that Rumsfeld was to stop on Guam but declined to further comment.

The Secretary of Defense, who oversees the military branches, is a member of the President's Cabinet and of the National Security Council.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois in 1962, at the age of 30, and was re-elected in 1964, 1966, and 1968, according to the White House Web site, Rumsfeld resigned from Congress in 1969 during his fourth term to serve in the Nixon administration.

Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld was in private business.

He served as non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors of Gilead Sciences Inc. and on the Board of Directors of Asea Brown Boveri Ltd. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

He was the chairman of the Salomon Smith Barney International Advisory Board and served as an adviser to a number of companies. During his business career, Rumsfeld continued public service in a variety of posts.

November 7, 2003

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