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Release No: 093-95
February 27, 1995


Secretary of Defense William J. Perry today announced the names of the Quality of Life Task Force as members began two days of meetings at the Hyatt Arlington at Key Bridge in Arlington, Va.

Headed by former Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh Jr., the task force was set up in November 1994 by the Secretary to make recommendations on how to improve the quality of life of military personnel, their families, and civilian employees in the Department of Defense. Membership includes retired senior officer and enlisted members from each of the Services, civilian business leaders with backgrounds in housing, construction and finance, and individuals with concerns for military families, civilian personnel and legislative background.

The purpose of meetings over the next two days will be for panel members to get together for the first time, get quality of life perspectives from each of the Services, and lay the groundwork for strategies to achieve task force goals and objectives.

Members of the task force include:

The Honorable John O. Marsh, former Army secretary, Task Force chairman

James M. Defrancia, Lowe Enterprises

Marvin M. Siflinger, former chairman, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency

Dr. Heather Wilson, former vice-chairperson, DACOWITS

The Honorable Edward C. Aldridge Jr., former secretary of the Air Force

Lawrence B. Simons, former assistant secretary of Housing/Federal Housing commissioner

G. Kim Wincup, former assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, former assistant secretary for the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs

Claire E. Freeman, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy

Sylvia E.J. Kidd, president, National Military Family Association

General John A. Wickham Jr., U.S. Army retired

Admiral William D. Smith, U.S. Navy, retired

General John A. Shaud, U.S. Air Force, retired

Lt. Gen. Herbert R. Temple Jr., U.S. Army retired

Chaplain Maj.Gen. Matthew A. Zimmerman, U.S. Army retired

Maj. Gen. Donald R. Gardner, U.S. Marine Corps, retired.

Rear Admiral Roberta L. Hazard, U.S. Navy, retired

Sergeant Major William J.H. Peters, U.S. Army, retired

Sergeant Major Charles A. McKinney, U.S. Marine Corps, retired

Master Chief Petty Officer, William H. Plackett, U.S. Navy, retired

Chief Master Sergeant Sam E. Parish, U.S. Air Force, retired

Maj. Gen. Robert S. Delligatti, U.S. Air Force, retired, Task Force Chief of Staff

Members on the Task Force will also be supported by a group of experienced counselors and technical advisors, including:

The Honorable Robert H. Michel, former U.S. Rep., 18th District, Illinois

Lee Perry, spouse to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry

Alma Powell, spouse to former JCS chairman, Gen. Colin Powell, U.S. Army, retired

Dr. Barbara P. Glacel, chief executive officer, VIMA International

The Honorable Sean O'Keefe, former secretary of the Navy

Robert W. Page, former assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works

General Joseph P. Hoar, U.S. Marine Corps, retired

Lt. Gen. Edgar A. Chavarrie, U.S. Air Force, retired

Maj. Gen. Robert M. Joyce, U.S. Army, retired

Maj. Gen. John L. Matthews, U.S. Air Force, retired

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