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Quality of Life Technology Conference Set for February

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2000 – Defense officials plan to explore ways today's information technology can improve quality of life for military personnel and their families.

DoD's Quality of Life Technology Symposium 2000, originally slated for Dec. 7 to 10 in New Orleans, has now been set for Feb. 23 to 25 in Seattle, Wash. This year's meeting is titled, "Delivering Services to People in the Digital Age."

Three keynote speakers from private industry will provide their vision of technology's role in community development and in improving personal well being. Bruce Tulgan is slated to speak Feb. 24. Tulgan is the author of "Managing Generation X" and founder of Rainmaker Thinking, Inc., a research, training and consulting firm focused on the working lives of those born after 1963.

Elliott Masie and Amy Jo Kim are slated to speak Feb. 25. Masie a pioneer in the fields of technology, learning and organizational development, hosted the Microsoft TV Series "Windows 95." Kim is a leading specialist in online design, with a diverse background in client-serving engineering, multimedia interface design and online gaming environments.

Throughout the symposium, DoD and technology company representatives will display cutting edge initiatives to promote quality of life.

The symposium is targeted to military base commanders, installation managers and DoD quality of life advocates from personnel, medical, MWR, transportation, housing, education and training and family support areas from base to headquarters level.

The symposium provides an opportunity for armed forces quality of life advocates to discuss ways to improve military lifestyles, according to Naomi Verdugo, of DoD's Quality of Life Office here. The goal is to ensure military life keeps pace with American society at large, she said.

Initiatives are underway throughout the military to use global communications to better serve the military community. DoD, for example, has an Internet site at www.militaryacclimate .com that features relocation information. DoD officials have also produced a CD-ROM called Personal Financial Management that's available at installation family centers worldwide.

During the symposium, officials will consider using the Internet to provide a variety of resources, including educational materials, distance learning and medical and housing referrals. They'll also explore the latest DoD Exchange System initiatives to expand service delivery via the Internet.

One of this year's objectives is to develop a community plan to connect service members and military families to community quality of life services. Officials also intend to promote management reforms that emphasize technology to enhance customer satisfaction. More than forty separate topics will be discussed during breakout sessions. These range from the Air Force FAMNET to the U.S. Marine Corps Libraries on Line.

For more information or to register for the symposium go to www.calib.com/dodconference.

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