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Pentagon Spokesman to Join McDonnell Douglas

Associated Press

Defense Department spokesman Michael I. Burch, a close aide to Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, said he will resign this week to become a Washington spokesman for McDonnell Douglas Corp.

Burch, who retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1983, was named assistant defense secretary for public affairs in September, 1983.

“After 22 years of government service, I’m not sure I’ll know how to act,” he told reporters Friday.

Burch, who will join the largest U.S. defense contractor as a vice president, refused to discuss his reasons for leaving the Pentagon, saying it was a personal matter. Colleagues said he had told them he was leaving for financial reasons.

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