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Release No: 623-95
November 30, 1995


Holly Hemphill, chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, has announced the selection of the 1996 Executive Committee.

Selected from existing members, the executive committee is composed of the chair, vice chair, installation visits coordinator, and chairs and vice chairs of three subcommittees; Forces Development and Utilization, Equality Management, and Quality of Life.

Joining Hemphill on the Executive Committee for 1996 are: Carolyn Ellis Staton, Oxford, Miss., DACOWITS vice chair; Dr. Connie Best, Charleston, S. C., director of installation visits; Sally Appel, Lake Geneva, Wis., chair, equality management; Leona Ford, Ruston, La., vice chair, equality management; Jackie Young, Kailua, Hawaii, chair, quality of life; Carol Maicki, Black Hawk, S. D., vice chair, quality of life; Sharon Anderson, Seward, Alaska, chair, forces development & utilization; the Rev. Dr. Patricia Hanen, Tiffin, Ohio, vice chair, forces development & utilization. The selections become effective January 1, 1996.

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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