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June 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
James M. Roche, who rose through the ranks at General Motors Corp. to become president in 1965 and chairman and chief executive in 1967, heading the company during consumer debates over vehicle safety, has died. He was 97. Roche died Sunday at his home in Belleair, Fla., near Tampa. As GM president, Roche faced an embarrassing challenge when consumer activist Ralph Nader published his 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed," which criticized the GM Corvair as an unsafe vehicle.
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June 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
James M. Roche, who rose through the ranks at General Motors Corp. to become president in 1965 and chairman and chief executive in 1967, heading the company during consumer debates over vehicle safety, has died. He was 97. Roche died Sunday at his home in Belleair, Fla., near Tampa. As GM president, Roche faced an embarrassing challenge when consumer activist Ralph Nader published his 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed," which criticized the GM Corvair as an unsafe vehicle.
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October 1, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
The nomination of Air Force Secretary James Roche to become secretary of the Army has been stalled pending further investigation into the sexual assault scandal at the Air Force Academy, senators said Tuesday. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he had notified the White House that the Senate would not consider Roche's nomination until separate investigations by the Department of Defense and the Air Force are completed in December.
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October 1, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
The nomination of Air Force Secretary James Roche to become secretary of the Army has been stalled pending further investigation into the sexual assault scandal at the Air Force Academy, senators said Tuesday. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he had notified the White House that the Senate would not consider Roche's nomination until separate investigations by the Department of Defense and the Air Force are completed in December.
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September 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said they want a review of Air Force Secretary James Roche's handling of an Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal before they approve his nomination to head the Army. Members of an independent panel told the Senate committee that leaders at Air Force headquarters and the Colorado Springs, Colo., academy ignored numerous warning signs that there were problems with sexual assaults at the institution.
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June 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Air Force Academy released a new policy on sexual assault cases that will create a team to investigate complaints and counsel victims, but which does not guarantee their privacy. The policy was rewritten as part of a probe into the treatment of female cadets who said they were punished or ostracized after reporting assaults. Air Force Secretary James Roche earlier promised to protect the privacy of such cadets. Brig. Gen. John A.
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May 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush has chosen New Mexico oilman Colin R. McMillan to be the secretary of the Navy and Air Force Secretary James Roche to replace the dismissed secretary of the Army, Thomas White, the White House announced. McMillan, 67, of Roswell, N.M., runs Permian Exploration Corp., and was chairman of Bush's New Mexico presidential campaign in 2000. Until his confirmation, Roche will remain as Air Force secretary. No one has been nominated as Roche's replacement.
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March 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Sens. John W. Warner (R-Va.) and Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) are asking for a change in leadership at the Air Force Academy because of a sexual assault scandal. They want a female officer to be assigned to a top post. In a letter written on behalf of the Senate Armed Services Committee and addressed to Air Force Secretary James Roche, the senators said new leadership would provide a needed change in the culture of the Colorado Springs-based academy.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2004 | From Reuters
Europe's Airbus should get another shot at supplying billions of dollars of aerial refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force if the Pentagon kills a stalled plan to go with Boeing Co., Air Force Secretary James Roche said. European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co., which owns 80% of Airbus, Boeing's chief commercial aircraft rival, said it was prepared to compete for all future U.S. tanker business. Boeing and EADS had sought to supply the U.S.
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March 3, 2004 | From Reuters
U.S. senators demanded that the Pentagon hand over internal e-mails about a $27.6-billion deal to lease and buy Boeing Co. 767s, saying Congress needed the documents to properly oversee the military. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-Va.) told Air Force Secretary James Roche the issue needed to be resolved, especially because Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was blocking confirmation of civilian nominees for Pentagon jobs in the meantime.
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March 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Air Force leaders, responding to criticism of the Air Force Academy's handling of rape allegations, are sending parents of incoming cadets letters saying they are doing everything possible to protect their children. "We are absolutely committed to supporting victims and prosecuting offenders when criminal acts are reported," said the letter, signed by Air Force Secretary James Roche and Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper.
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July 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush has tapped Barbara Barrett to serve as secretary of the Air Force. She would be the second woman in history to hold the post if confirmed by the Senate. Barrett, who taught at Harvard University, will replace James Roche as the civilian leader of the Air Force. Bush in May nominated Roche to become secretary of the Army.
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