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Release No: 084-95
March 21, 1995

No. 084-P:03/21/95:The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secre

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs will host its Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) Program Conference at the Embassy Suites, Crystal City, March 22-23, 1995.

The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for Department, Joint Staff and unified command officials to discuss and advance HCA funding, policy and program initiatives.

Military units may perform HCA activities while deployed overseas for training, readiness exercises or operations. HCA programs provide U.S. and foreign militaries the opportunity to improve a country's economic and social infrastructure, demonstrate their regard for human rights and show respect for local and national civilian authorities.

HCA activities may include rudimentary construction and repair of public facilities, surface transportation systems and basic sanitation facilities. They may also entail medical, dental and veterinary care in rural areas of a country.

Media interested in attending portions of the conference may contact Julie Staroba at (703) 693-2892.

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