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Release No: 112-07
January 30, 2007

DACOWITS Committee Members Chosen

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has announced the selection of the fiscal 2007 appointees to the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). 
DACOWITS is comprised of civilian members from throughout the United States, selected on the basis of their experience in the military, as a member of a military family, or with women’s or family-related workforce issues.   The committee provides an invaluable service to the department as an independent body of “citizen” advisors on matters concerning women and families in the military and the Coast Guard.   
The incoming members are:
Kerry Lassus of Ft Belvoir, Va.
Judith Page O'Flaherty of Norfolk, Va.
Retired Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Roberta Santiago of Castro Valley, Calif.
Members selected to serve a fourth year are:
Sen. J.P. Duniphan, of Rapid City, S.D.
Retired Air Force Reserve Col. Vance Shaw of McLean, Va.
Dr. Mary Nelson of Boulder, Colo., has been extended as the Chairperson until May of 2008. 
              More information about DACOWITS can be found at http://www.dtic.mil/dacowits/ .

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