MARCH 30, 1981

This official White House photo, appearing publicly for the first time, shows the Situation Room after Alexander Haig, the secretary of state, returned from the press room to declare himself in charge. Haig is seated, facing front, in the back in the center of the photo. Frank Ursomarso, the communications director, is standing to the right of Haig in the very back of the room.

Treasury Secretary Donald Regan and National Security Adviser Richard Allen, with his hand raised, are sitting at the table on the left. Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger and CIA Director William Casey are at the table on the right, seated in front of Richard Darman and David Gergen, both of the White House staff, and Larry Speakes, the deputy press secretary.

Photo courtesy of Frank Ursomarso