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U.S. Army Operations Detachment Alpha members from the 10th Special Forces Group demonstrate to the participants of the 76th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference how to seize a compound on their training area in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 25, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
Participants of the 76th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference receive a non-lethal force demonstration from U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Deines in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 25, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
Participants of the 76th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference receive a non-lethal force demonstration from U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Lookin in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 25, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
The Joint Civilian Orientation Conference is a Secretary of Defense sponsored program for America's leaders interested in expanding their knowledge of the military and national defense.

Stories

Civilian Leaders Wrap Up EuCom Trip With New Appreciation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2008 - Civilian business, academic and civic leaders returned here today fired up about the operations they observed and servicemembers they met during a weeklong trip through U.S. European Command. Story

Special Ops Command Europe Showcases Professionalism

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 26, 2008 - Civilian professionals traveling with the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference looked on today as special operators negotiated a military urban operations training site with realistic gunfire and smoke that duplicated the kind of real-world missions they've performed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Story

EuCom Commander Urges Civilian Leaders to Share Insights

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 26, 2008 - The top U.S. military officer in Europe urged civilian leaders who spent the past week visiting military installations in the region to return home sharing their experiences, particularly with young people who might consider military service. Story

Marine Forces Europe Offers
Non-Lethal Options

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 25, 2008 Marine Forces Europe today showcased its non-lethal weapons program, which program manager Lt. Col. Holden Dunham told visiting civilian leaders brings unique capability to U.S. European Command in circumstances that demand less than deadly force. Story

Civilian Leaders See Army Prepare Troops for Combat, Leadership

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany, Sept. 24, 2008 Civilian leaders from throughout the United States got insight today into how the U.S. Army in Europe prepares troops for combat and grooms soldiers in leadership skills. Story

Civilian Leaders Learn Strength
Of U.S. Air Power in Europe

RAF LAKENHEATH, England , Sept. 24, 2008 Civilian business and community leaders got firsthand and sometimes hands-on exposure yesterday to U.S. Air Forces in Europe's multiple missions of supporting warfighters, building partnerships and strengthening its historic
NATO ties. Story

Coast Guard Shows Off Global Reach to Civilian Leaders

ROTA, Spain, Sept. 22, 2008 - The commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas greeted Joint Civilian Orientation Conference participants with the rhetorical question he knew all had on their minds: "What is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas doing in Rota, Spain?" Story

USS Iwo Jima Crew, Technology Wow Civilian Leaders

SOUDA BAY, Greece, Sept. 21, 2008 - Loaded bow to stern with 26 combat aircraft and ready to deliver up to 1,800 Marines ashore on demand, USS Iwo Jima has a lot to bowl over a first-time visitor. Story

Civilian Leaders Make Emotional Pentagon Memorial Visit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2008 - Civilian leaders in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference wrapped up the first day of their Pentagon visit with an emotional walk through the new Pentagon Memorial dedicated less than two weeks earlier to honor victims of the 9-11 Pentagon attack. Story

Civilian Leaders Begin 'Military 101' Orientation at Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2008 - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England welcomed civilian business, academic and local government leaders to the Pentagon today to kick off a weeklong schedule that will give them a firsthand look at the military at work. Story
Distinguished guests with the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference talk with U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group during brunch on board USS Iwo Jima while under way in the Mediterranean Sea Sept. 21, 2008. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick M. Johnson-Campbell
DoD Live Blog
JCOC Staff and Participants share daily blogs about JCOC's activities and adventures, observations and perceptions during their visit to U.S. European Command.