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Louisiana State Medical Society

April 26, 2000
Cathy Lewis, Directory of Public Affairs / LSMS
767 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70708

Louisiana Physician to Attend National Defense Conference


Dr. Donald J. Palmisano of New Orleans, LA, has accepted an invitation from Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen to participate in the Defense Department's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 63). The program, which will be held April 29 - May 7, 2000, 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 participant, Dr. Palmisano 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 personnel of all ranks. Participants will fly on military aircraft; fire weapons; experience aircraft carrier landings and launches; observe amphibious landings, urban area combat techniques, special operations assaults, and other warfare demonstrations.

The program begins in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Palmisano will meet and be briefed by Defense Department leaders including Defense Secretary William Cohen, Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy De Leon, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Hugh Shelton, and other senior military and civilian officials. The attendees then spend the next week in the field, visiting military installations representing all branches of the Armed Forces.

After the Washington, D.C., orientation, the group will travel by military aircraft to the 50th Space Wing in Colorado to observe satellite operations. Then they will take off for Mountain Home AFB, ID, where they will observe an air expeditionary force in the field. Next they will interact with the soldiers of the Army's XVIII Airborne Corps and special operations forces at Fort Bragg, NC.

From there they travel to Camp Lejeune, NC, for a Marine Corps capabilities exercise to experience the combat power of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The group will then travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, VA, to observe Coast Guard operations involving cutters, patrol boats and helicopters. The group will make a final stop at the naval facilities in Norfolk, VA, where they will fly out to an aircraft carrier, visit other Navy ships and submarines, and view Navy special forces capabilities. The JCOC 63 program concludes in Norfolk, Virginia on Sunday, May 7.

This conference was initiated in 1948 and is the Secretary of Defense's premier civic leader program. Sixty U.S. citizens are selected from hundreds of candidates nominated by military commands worldwide. The selection process is highly competitive.

Dr. Palmisano is a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS), the Orleans Parish Medical Society and the American Medical Association (AMA). He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the AMA, and is a past president of the LSMS.

For more information on the JCOC program, contact Mary Elizabeth Humphrey, Program Manager, JCOC, at phone: (703) 614-654 or fax (703) 697-2577.


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