Senator Elaine Bowers Selected to Participate in Department of Defense Program

Kansas Senator Elaine Bowers, a Republican from Concordia, has been selected to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) hosted by the Secretary of Defense. The JCOC program is the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the Department of Defense.

As a JCOC participant, Senator Bowers will spend several intense days from June 10-16, 2018 at military installations, engaging with senior military officials and U.S. service members. In addition to participating in tactical training exercises, Sen. Bowers 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 the nation.

The JCOC program is directly linked to the Department of Defenses new initiative, This Is Your Military. The goal of the initiative is to educate and accurately inform the American public on the military's relevance, innovativeness, and how it is a force for good. The program also seeks to introduce the American public to those who currently serve and to dispel common misperceptions about the military.

"We are extremely excited and proud of Senator Bowers for being selected to participate in the JCOC program," Senate President Susan Wagle said. "It is so important to understand and appreciate the sacrifices that those in the U.S. Armed Forces make daily to keep our nation safe. This is a great program and we are lucky to have Senator Bowers represent us this summer at JCOC."

The objective of the JCOC public liaison program is to help bridge the growing military-civilian divide by:
- Educating and informing 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.

- Providing a better understanding of the rewards of military service.

- Providing the American public opportunities to obtain a better understanding of national defense policies and programs through the eyes of opinion leaders who have spent time with their military.