Beverly Mortimer among select group chosen to engage with senior military officials and U.S. Service members for the Secretary of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC)

KANSAS (Feb. 22, 2019) – Beverly Mortimer, Vice President of Programming for Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas, has been selected to participate in the 91st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 91) hosted by the Secretary of Defense. Mortimer was nominated by State Senator Elaine Bowers (District 36, R-Concordia) who participated in the 2018 conference.

The JCOC program is the oldest and most prestigious public outreach and full immersion program in the Department of Defense. As a JCOC participant, Beverly Mortimer will spend several days at the Pentagon and military installations, engaging with senior military officials and U.S. Service members. Mortimer will gain a better understanding of the roles and mission of the U.S. Armed Forces; their skills, capabilities, and equipment employed in defense of our nation.  The JCOC program directly links to the Department’s Know Your Military (#KYM) initiative, which is designed to help close the growing civilian-military divide by educating the American public about their military.

“We are so proud of Bev and excited that she has been selected to participate in this prestigious program. As head of programming for JAG-K, getting to know our military will help our organization learn more about the career opportunities within the United States military,” said Chuck Knapp, JAG-K president and chief executive officer.

The objective of the JCOC public liaison program is to:

  • Educate and inform participants about the strength and readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces through personal observation of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard operations.
  • Provide a better understanding of the rewards and challenges of military service.
  • Provide the American public opportunities to obtain a better understanding of national defense policies and programs through the eyes of those JCOC participants who have spent time with their military.

The 91st JCOC is scheduled for June 2019. More information about the conference can be found at https://jcoc.osd.mil/.

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