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Release No: 653-96
November 22, 1996


Judith Youngman, 1997 Chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), has announced the selection of the 1997 Executive Committee. The selections are effective January 1, 1997.

Selected from existing members, the Executive Committee is composed of the Chair, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee at large, and, Chairs and Vice Chairs of three subcommittees (Equality Management, Quality of Life, and, Forces Development and Utilization).

The Executive Committee members for 1997 are: Judith Youngman, who holds a doctor of philosophy in government, from New London, Conn., DACOWITS chair; Sheila McNeill of St. Marys, Ga., DACOWITS vice chair; former state representative, honorable Carol Maicki from Black Hawk, S.D. chair, equality management; Ginger Simpson of Apopka, Fla., vice chair, equality management; Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Ph.D., higher education, of Logan, Utah, chair, quality of life; Sue Straughn from Pensacola, Fla., vice chair, quality of life; Jill Docking from Wichita, Kan., chair, forces development and utilization; and Liz Alexander of Tucson, Ariz., vice chair, forces development and utilization.

The Executive Committee performs a variety of duties during the semiannual conferences and during quarterly Executive Committee meetings. Duties include reviewing issues and interim issues, assigning new agenda items to appropriate subcommittees for introduction to the full committee, reviewing service responses to recommendations, and approving the rationale for recommendations. Additionally, they approve Requests for Information and Continuing Concerns as well as review issues provided by subcommittees to ensure that the intent is clear and adequately reflected in proper format before forwarding to the full committee.

Membership on DACOWITS includes prominent civilian women and men from throughout the United States representing academia, industry, public service and other professions. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense for a three-year term, and serve without compensation. The committee was founded in 1951 by Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall during the Korean War to assist DoD in the recruitment and retention of servicewomen. In the ensuing 45 years, the committee has provided useful advice to the Secretary of Defense on policies relating to the effective utilization of women in the services.

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