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Citadel News Service

For Release
Sept. 7, 2004

Local professor to attend DOD conference

           Angela Williams, a long-time adjunct professor in The Citadel School of Business, has accepted an invitation from Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld to participate in the Defense Department's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 68).

           The weeklong program will be Sept. 11-17 and will give participants an opportunity to learn first-hand about U.S. military personnel, their equipment and capabilities, and national defense strategies.

           As a JCOC 68 participant, Williams will visit military bases of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Very few people, even those employed by the Department of Defense, get the opportunity to interact with such an encompassing cross-section of military leaders and service members of all ranks. Participants will fly on military aircraft; experience aircraft landings and launches from Navy ships; observe amphibious landings, urban area combat techniques, special operations assaults, and other warfare demonstrations.

           The program begins in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Wiliams will meet and be briefed by senior PACOM military and civilian officials leaders including Admiral Thomas Fargo.

           After the initial orientation, the JCOC team will travel by military aircraft throughout the Pacific theater where they will meet PACOM's leadership for an update on current operations. Due to a refocusing of military resources in the United States on Operation Iraqi Freedom, the conference adjusted what has been a U.S.-based agenda to one focused on the key command centers engaged in winning the global war on terrorism. While seeing soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen in action they will learn more about conducting military operations to day-to-day activities of being a service member.

           The conference was initiated in 1948 by Secretary Forestal and is the department's premier civic leader program. Fifty U.S. citizens are selected from hundreds of candidates nominated by military commands worldwide. JCOC 68 participants pay all of their own expenses, including travel to and from the conference, lodging and meals.


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