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Perry Appoints New DACOWITS Chair for 1997

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 1996 – Defense Secretary William Perry appointed Judith Youngman as chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services starting Jan. 1, 1997. She succeeds Holly Hemphill of Alexandria, Va., in the nonsalaried position.

Established in 1951 by then-Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall, DACOWITS advises the secretary of defense on policies and matters relating to women in the armed forces. DoD selects 30 to 40 civilians based on their achievements in business, the professions, and civil or public service. Member selection also considers fields of interest and geographical location to ensure a diverse representation.

 

Youngman, a DACOWITS member since 1995, served on the equality management subcommittee the past two years. A Massachusetts native, she holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Youngman earned her master's and doctorate in government from the University of Texas in Austin.

 

Currently, she is an associate professor of political science and chief of the Government and History Section of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn. Youngman is a former associate professor of social science with the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. -- the first civilian female professor in the academy's 200-year history.

 

Youngman also served as a assistant professor of government at Gallaudet University in Washington. She also was a research librarian and security officer at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

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