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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 155-96
March 26, 1996

ARMY SECRETARY WEST TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CONFERENCE

Secretary of the Army Togo D. West Jr. will deliver the keynote address at this year's Department of Defense Worldwide Equal Opportunity Conference, to be held

April 15 - 17 near Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Some of the Department's most senior military and civilian officials will participate in the conference, demonstrating Secretary of Defense William J. Perry's continuing strong emphasis on equal opportunity programs.

The conference, which will be attended by 1,500 equal opportunity specialists representing all Services and Defense agencies, is dedicated to three broad issues:

· The Department's continuing commitment to affirmative action following the Supreme Court's decision in Adarand Constructors v. Pena.

· Understanding and combating the fringe element of extremism in American society and the military.

· Military and civilian men and women working together in new roles.

"The Department of Defense is a national leader in equal opportunity and the way to maintain that leadership is to understand and deal with the tough issues," said Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Edwin Dorn. "This conference fits that prescription and follows the direction of Secretary Perry to make sure that equal opportunity continues to be one of the Department's highest priorities," he added.

"This conference brings together three elements of our successful equal opportunity program: strong leadership and commitment from the top down, effective training, and measurement of results," said Dorn.

The conference will also recognize the 25th anniversary of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI.)

The service and agency points of contact are:

· Army: HQDA (DAPE-HR-L), DSN 225-5022 or (703) 695-5022

· Navy: PERS 61, DSN 224-2007 or (703) 614-2007

· Air Force: HQ USAF/DPCH, DSN 224-8466 or (703) 614-8466

· Marine Corps: CMC (MPE), DSN 223-2565 or (703) 693-2565

· Combatant Commands: J-1, DSN 224-6335 or (703) 614-6335

· National Guard: NGB-EO, DSN 761-8950 OR (703) 681-8950

· Coast Guard: Office of Civil Rights (202) 267-1295

· Defense Agency civilians: WHS, DSN 227-5791 or (703) 697-5971

For more information, call Maj. Gary Perugini, DEOMI public affairs, Patrick AFB, Fla. at (407) 494-6208. (Editor's Note: DSN is an abbreviation for Defense Switched Network and are phone numbers available to military personnel only.)