The Department of Defense announced today the selection of a new chairperson and three 2006 appointees to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).
Dr. Mary Nelson of Lafayette, Colo., is the new chairperson, and the three new appointees are: Diana Destine Denman of San Antonio and Denise W. Balzano and Margaret M. White, both of McLean, Va.
The committee provides the Department of Defense, through the principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, family issues and the treatment, employment, integration and well-being of women in the armed forces.
The committee members represent a distribution of demography, professional career fields, community service and geography and are 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.
They perform a variety of duties including, visiting at least two military installations each year, conducting a review and evaluation of current research on military women and family issues and developing an annual report with recommendations on these issues to service leaders and the Secretary of Defense.