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Release No: 178-96
April 03, 1996



Secretary of Defense William Perry has announced that the Defense AdvisoryCommittee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) will hold its spring semiannualconference at the Tysons Westpark Hotel in McLean, Va., April 17-21, 1996.

The DACOWITS is composed of prominent civilian women and men from throughoutthe United States representing the professions, industry, and public service.Members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense for a three-year term withoutcompensation.

The committee was founded in 1951 by the late Secretary of Defense George C.Marshall during the Korean war to assist the Department of Defense in therecruitment and retention of Servicewomen. During the ensuing 45 years, thecommittee has provided useful advice to the Secretary of Defense on policiesrelating to the effective use of women in the Services, promoted publicacceptance of military service as a career field for women, and served as avital link between the Armed Services and civilian communities in relating theroles and accomplishments of military women.

The DACOWITS 1996 Spring Conference will be supported by the U.S. Marine Corpsand presided over by Ms. Holly Hemphill, the DACOWITS Chair. The conference,open to the public and news media, will include an opening ceremony withSecretary of Defense William J. Perry as the keynote speaker, a generalbusiness session and subcommittee meetings with briefings and discussions ondiversity training, career progression of women in non-traditional roles,domestic violence, joint policies on sexual harassment, and the sexualharassment complaint process (schedule attached).

DACOWITS 1996 Spring Conference Agenda

April 17, 1996

Time Event Remarks

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Conference Registration Location: Upper Concourse

8 p.m. - 10 p.m. OSD Hosted Attendees: DACOWITS Members, PlenarySession/Social Former DACOWITS Members, Military Representatives,Liaison Officers, Registered and Paid DACOWITS Staff(Personal guests are permitted, but must be preregisteredand prepaid.) No host bar.

Location: Tysons I

April 18, 1996

Time Event Remarks

***Please be seated by 9:15 a.m. for the Opening Ceremony due to scheduleconstraints of the Secretary of Defense.***

9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Opening Ceremony Speakers: Dr. William Perry,Secretary of Defense

Open to Public Location: Tysons II

Chaplain: LCDR Charlotte E. Hunter

10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. General Business Session Senior Enlisted Advisors:

Open to Public CSM Wayne C. Heinold, Sr.

Sgt Maj Lewis G. Lee, USMC

MCPO Rick Trent, USCG

ETCM (SW) John Hagan, USN

CMSgt Carol Smits, USAFR

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Subcommittee Meeting Subcommittee Locations:

Open to Public

Shenandoah I: Equality Management

Shenandoah II: Forces Development and Utilization

Dogwood Room: Quality of Life

8th and I Evening Parade

45th Anniversary Celebration

***Please note that a reservation is required for a seat at the parade. Tomake a reservation for the parade please call: (703) 614-1519 and ask foreither Captain Edwards or Major Krueger. Transportation is being coordinatedby the US Marine Corps.***

8 p.m. Seating of Reserved Parties

8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Marine Corps 8th and I Evening

Parade .

April 19, 1996

Time Event Remarks

7:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Subcommittee meetings Subcommittee Locations:

Open to the public.

Shenandoah I: Equality Management

Shenandoah II: Forces Development and Utilization

Dogwood Room: Quality of Life

12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Speaker: Ms. Theresa Loar

President's Interagency Council on


Location: Tysons I & II

Attendees: DACOWITS Members and all registered and paid conference attendees. (Prepaid)

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Subcommittee Meetings Subcommittee Locations:

Open to the public.

Shenandoah I: Equality Management

Shenandoah II: Forces Development and Utilization

Dogwood Room: Quality of Life

5 p.m. Break/Free Time

April 20, 1996

Time Event Remarks

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tri-committee Review Location: Tysons II

10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Alternate personal activity for participants if nototherwise scheduled.

10:30 a.m. - Mark-up Attendees: Executive Committee

Location: Boardroom

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Briefing by LTC Joseph and Maureen LeBoeuf

Gender Differences in Communication and PhysiologicalDifferences

Attendees: DACOWITS Members

Location: Shenandoah II

5 p.m. - Available free time.

April 21, 1996

Time Event Remarks

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Final Committee Review/ Location: Tysons II

Military Representative


9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Closing/voting session Location: Tysons II

Open to Public

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