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Mortimer selected to participate in JCOC

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Beverly Mortimer, vice president of programming for Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K), has been selected to participate in the 91st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) hosted by the Secretary of Defense.

Mortimer, former Unified School District 333 superintendent of schools, was nominated by Kansas 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, Mortimer will spend several days in June at the Pentagon and military installations engaging with senior military officials and U.S. Service members. She 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 initiative, which is designed to help close the growing civilian-military divide by educating the American public about the 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 State military,” Chuck Knapp, JAG-K president and chief executive officer, said.

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; and provide the American public opportunities to obtain a better understanding of national defense policies through the eyes of JCOC participants who have spent their time in the military.


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