Almost 40 business and community leaders from across the country completed DOD’s 93rd Joint Civilian Orientation Conference last week, according to a DOD press release.

“JCOC is an important opportunity for civilian leaders to get up close and personal with the men and women in uniform – to better understand them and the mission they carry out every day,” said Melanie Fonder Kaye, deputy assistant to the defense secretary for strategic engagement. “I’m certain they will take that knowledge back into their communities to help their fellow Americans gain a better understanding of their military.”

This year’s participants met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon before wheels up to several locations:

  • Coast Guard Sector San Diego, California
  • Creech Air Force Base, Nevada
  • Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California
  • Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego
  • Naval Air Station North Island, California
  • Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

DOD has information on how business and community leaders can get nominated for future rounds of JCOC.

Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Makenna Gott