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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 533-99
November 16, 1999

NEW DACOWITS CHAIR NAMED

Secretary of Defense William Cohen has appointed Vickie L. McCall as chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), effective Jan. 1, 2000. McCall succeeds Mary L. Wamsley in the non-salaried, one-year position.

McCall was appointed to DACOWITS in 1998 and has served on the Forces Development and Utilization Subcommittee. Since Jan. 1, 1999, she has served as vice chair of that same Subcommittee.

A licensed real estate agent for more than 20 years, McCall specializes in corporate relocation and residential sales. She has received the Lifetime Sales Master Achievement, Residential Sales Person of the Year and Realtor of the Year awards. She has served on the board of directors for the Board of Realtors, and other real estate organizations.

Additionally, McCall is president of Utah's Defense Alliance. She is the first and only woman to have ever been appointed as a Utah alcohol and beverage control commissioner. She currently serves on the board of trustees for the Association of Utah Hospitals and Health Care Providers, the board of trustees for the Hill Aerospace Museum and on the board of trustees for Columbia Ogden Regional Hospital. She is the immediate past chair for the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce, and past chair for Ogden and Salt Lake Military Affairs Committee. McCall is the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, the Your Community Connection (YCC) Woman of the Year award, and also the Angel Award from Hill Air Force Base.

Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall established DACOWITS in 1951 to advise the Secretary of Defense on policies and matters relating to women in the armed forces. The committee is composed of 30 to 40 civilian members selected on the basis of their achievements in business, professional fields, civic service, and by geographic location. The latter criterion fosters diverse representation throughout all areas in the United States with a military presence.

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