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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 608-94
October 25, 1994

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HOSTS YOUTH ACTION CONFERENCE

The Department of Defense will hold a youth action conference in an effort to meet growing perceptions of increased gang-related activity near and on military installations throughout the United States. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida, from October 31, 1994, to November 4, 1994.

The conference, jointly hosted by the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will focus on preventive measures to counteract gang encroachment on military installations and in surrounding communities where military families live. This is a proactive step by DoD to meet this potential threat before it becomes a problem that effects the families and readiness of the military services.

Experts in family advocacy, youth services and law enforcement will work with more than 750 representatives from military installations and civilian organizations around the country. The Youth Action Conference is intended to develop solutions to provide military youth alternatives to the threat posed by gang elements. The forum will also attempt to identify possible solutions to youth violence, gang influence, teen crime and their effects on military families and installations before they become a problem.

Incidents involving military youths and the influence of gang-related activity on military families and installations divert increasingly scarce resources and distract service members from primary duties of defense.

The conference will be open to the media and a room will be established to provide information on the conference and to facilitate media requests. For more information contact Major Robert Cravens, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Public Affairs Office, (804) 727-4468.

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