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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 574-96
October 08, 1996

DEFENSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE SERVICES ANNOUNCES 1996 FALL CONFERENCE

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS) will conduct their Fall Conference, Oct. 23-27, 1996 at the Oklahoma City Medallion Hotel. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel Fred Pang is hosting the conference. Pang and other keynote speakers will address the progress of women in the Services. The National Guard is the supporting Service. The conference is open to the public.

The committee meets formally each spring and fall to discuss current issues facing women in the military services. The DACOWITS is divided into three subcommittees which address issues relevant to Equality Management, Forces Utilization and Development, and Quality of Life.

DACOWITS was established in 1951 by Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall. The Committee was formed to assist and advise the Secretary of Defense on policies and matters relating to women in the Military Services. In its advisory capacity, the Committee recommends measures to ensure the effective utilization of women in the Armed Forces.

DACOWITS is composed of civilian women and men who have outstanding reputations in their fields of endeavor. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense for a three year term. DACOWITS has been instrumental in bringing to fruition an unprecedented number of opportunities for qualified women to serve in our armed forces.

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