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Release No: 073-98
February 19, 1998

DEFENSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE SERVICES RECEIVES FOURTEEN NEW MEMBERS

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has announced the selection of the 1998 appointees to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). The fourteen new members are:

Dora G. Alcala of Del Rio, TexasNancy S. Chen of Naperville, Ill. Paul J. De Muniz of Salem, Ore. Willis C. Ham of Columbia, S.C. LaVerne Hooks of Garfield Heights, OhioJacqueline Jackson of Palo Alto, Calif. Susannah S. Kent of Washington, D.C. Ruth L. Lansner of New York, N.Y. Shirley A. R. Lewis of Augusta, Ga. Vickie L. McCall of Ogden, UtahEllen L. Pence of Duluth, Minn. Diane W. Weston of Madison, Ala. Bruce R. Willingham of Sarasota, Fla. Candace A. Young-Richey of Las Vegas, Nev.

The DACOWITS is comprised of 34 civilian members from throughout the United States, selected on the basis of achievements in business, their professions, and in civic affairs. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense for a three-year term, without compensation, to advise him about matters relating to the effective utilization of women in the Services. The DACOWITS was established in 1951 by then Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall.

Elizabeth T. Bilby of Tucson, Ariz., is the 1998 DACOWITS Chair.

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