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Release No: 541-95
October 05, 1995



The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS) will conduct their Fall Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 11-15, 1995. Mr. Fred Pang, assistant secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel will host the conference. He and other keynote speakers will address the progress of women in the services. The conference is open to the public.

The committee meets formally each spring and fall to discuss current issues facing women in the military services. The DACOWITS is divided into three sub-committees which address issues relevant to Equality Management, Forces Utilization and Development, and Quality of Life.

DACOWITS was established in 1951 by then Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall. The Committee was formed to assist and advise the Secretary on policies and matters relating to women in the Military Services. In its advisory capacity, the Committee recommends measures to ensure the effective utilization of women in the Armed Forces.

DACOWITS is composed of civilian women and men who have outstanding reputations in their fields of endeavor. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense for a 3-year term. DACOWITS has been instrumental in bringing to fruition an unprecedented number of opportunities for qualified women to serve in our armed forces. Many new jobs, and in some cases whole new career fields, have been opened to women.

Additional keynote speakers include the Honorable Beverly Byron, former congresswomen from Maryland; the Honorable Sheila Widnall, secretary of the Air Force; Gen. Thomas Moorman, vice chief of staff of the Air Force; Ms. Sarah Lister, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm, USAF (Ret.); Ms. Ruby DeMesme, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Force Management and Personnel; and Ms. Betsey Bayless, District 3 Supervisor for Maricopa County. Luke Air Force Base is the supporting unit.

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