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President Obama, First Lady to Travel to Chicago, Attend NATO Summit

May 17, 2012


THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2012

NEW DETAILS: President Obama, First Lady to Travel to Chicago, Attend NATO Summit

WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, May 19, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago, Illinois, where the President will host the NATO Summit. President Obama looks forward to welcoming leaders from NATO member and partner nations to his hometown to discuss the next major phase of transition in Afghanistan, agree to further steps to ensure NATO has the capabilities necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and further broaden and deepen its relationships with non-NATO partners.

The arrival and departure of Air Force One in Chicago is open to the press, and closed to the public. Information on how press can sign up to cover the arrival and departure of Air Force One is below. The NATO Summit credentialing deadline has passed.

About NATO

NATO is a political and military alliance of 28 North American and European democracies that have joined together to defend their shared values. In addition to the United States, its other members include and Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The principle of collective defense is at the very heart of NATO and is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, which asserts that an attack on one is an attack on all. NATO invoked Article 5 of the Washington Treaty for the first time in its history following the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.

Founded in 1949, NATO played a unique role in maintaining stability and security in the trans-Atlantic area during the Cold War. Since the end of the Cold War, the Alliance has transformed itself to meet the new challenges of the new century. Today, NATO leads the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan, ensures a safe and secure environment in Kosovo through its KFOR mission, and contributes to international counter-piracy efforts off the Horn of Africa through Operation Ocean Shield. In 2011, NATO successfully carried out the UN-mandated mission in Libya to protect civilians, enforce a no-fly zone, and enforce a maritime arms embargo. The Alliance also completed its effective multi-year mission to provide training to the Iraqi National Security Forces at the end of last year. NATO also provides airlift and sealift support to the African Union (AU) missions in Somalia and Sudan and recently engaged in a number of humanitarian relief operations in recent years, including delivering over 100 tons of emergency supplies from Europe to the United States during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina crisis.

Recognizing that the security challenges allies face often emerge beyond Europe, NATO has become the hub of a global security network, establishing partnerships with over thirty countries. These ties provide opportunities for practical military cooperation and political dialogue. Partners have contributed significantly to NATO operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq, and Libya.

Members of the media who wish to RSVP for the arrive of Air Force One should RSVP HERE by 5:00PM CDT/6:00PM EDT, Friday, May 18, 2012.

Members of the media who wish to RSVP for the departure of Air Force One should RSVP HERE by 5:00PM CDT/6:00PM EDT, Friday, May 18, 2012.


FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR REPORTING

All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT).

SATURDAY, May 19, 2012

Air Force One Arrival

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Post One

Intersection of Touhy Avenue & Mt. Prospect Road

Des Plaines, IL

Media Coverage: The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media. Note: NATO Host TV will carry live the arrival of Air Force One. Additional details below.

Media Parking: Gravel Parking Lot on the right prior to the Post One entrance (Mt. Prospect Road). All media will board shuttle buses to be escorted onto the airfield.

Live Truck Parking: All live trucks will be escorted onto the ramp from Post One by airfield personnel. All live trucks must report to the Gravel Parking Lot near Post One no later than 4:15pm CDT for vehicular escort and pre-set.

Media Pre-set: 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT. All live trucks must arrive at the Gravel Parking Lot near Post One no later than 4:15pm CDT and pre-set during this time. Any media outlets or photographers wishing to pre-set heavy media equipment may also arrive at this time for escort. (NOTE: Media will not have access to live trucks or equipment from 5:15pm – 7:45pm CDT.)

Media Check-In: 7:00pm CDT at the Gravel Parking Lot near Post One

Final Media Access for Air Force One Arrival: All media covering Air Force One Arrival must arrive at the Gravel Post near Post One no later than 7:15pm CDT for access to the airfield.

Air Force One Estimated Arrival Time: 8:45pm CDT

Cable Run (distance from media riser to live trucks): 350 feet

Throw (distance from media riser to Air Force One): 160 feet

Workspace and power are not available on site. Wireless Internet is not available.

NOTE: The arrival of Air Force One is closed to the public.

All names submitted for credentials must be accurate and reflect the identification media presents at check points for entrance. RSVPs do not guarantee access. You will receive a confirmation e-mail if you will receive a credential to cover the event.

Access to Host TV Feed for Air Force One Arrival: Host TV will cover all private-aircraft leader arrivals. Live video and audio feeds will be available in the International Media Center (IMC), without added graphics, chyrons or commentary. Host TV format is NTSC HD-SDI 1080i BNC with 4 channels of embedded audio (1.Original 2.English 3. French 4. Ad Hoc). “Host Out” feed distribution points will be located in the following areas within the IMC: the Press File, Host TV Master Control, the Fee for Service Area, and the Satellite Truck Parking area.

Host TV feeds are provided free of charge. Live satellite feeds of official events will be provided free of change without encryption by NATO. This is arranged by NATO and the Summit Host Country as a courtesy to the general public with the understanding that the video and audio may be used only for appropriate news and public affairs uses. The technical coordinates for the free satellite feeds will be provided by NATO as soon as the coordinates are available. This information will be posted in a technical advisory on the NATO website.

Media Contact for logistical and planning purposes only: Jeff Tiller, jtiller@who.eop.gov or 202-503-5692.

MONDAY, May 21, 2012

Air Force One Departure

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Post One

Intersection of Touhy Avenue & Mt. Prospect Road

Des Plaines, IL

Media Coverage: The departure of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media. Note: NATO Host TV will NOT cover the departure of Air Force One.

Media Parking: Gravel Parking Lot on the right prior to the Post One entrance (Mt. Prospect Road). All media will board shuttle buses to be escorted onto the airfield.

Live Truck Parking: All live trucks will be escorted onto the ramp from Post One by airfield personnel. All live trucks must report to the Gravel Parking Lot near Post One no later than 12:00pm CDT for vehicular escort and pre-set.

Media Pre-set: 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT. All live trucks must arrive at the Gravel Parking Lot near Post One no later than 12:00pm CDT and pre-set during this time. Any media outlets or photographers wishing to pre-set heavy media equipment may also arrive at this time for escort. (NOTE: Media will not have access to live trucks or equipment from 1:00pm – 3:30pm CDT.)

Media Check-In: 2:45pm CDT at the Gravel Parking Lot near Post One

Final Media Access for Air Force One Departure: All media covering Air Force One Departure should arrive at the Gravel Post near Post One no later than 3:00pm CDT for access to the airfield

Air Force One Estimated Departure Time: 5:05pm CDT

Cable Run (distance from media riser to live trucks): 350 feet

Throw (distance from media riser to Air Force One): 160 feet

Workspace and power are not available on site. Wireless Internet is not available.

NOTE: The departure of Air Force One is closed to the public.

All names submitted for credentials must be accurate and reflect the identification media presents at check points for entrance. RSVPs do not guarantee access. You will receive a confirmation e-mail if you will receive a credential to cover the event.

Media Contact for logistical and planning purposes only: Jeff Tiller, jtiller@who.eop.gov or 202-503-5692.

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