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Ambrose Invited to Experience Civilian Look at Military, National Security Issues

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 16, 2011) – The United States Department of the Air Force and the Department of Defense have invited Charles Ambrose, president of the University of Central Missouri, to participate in two special events allowing him and other civilian participants to observe and engage with the military and exchange ideas related to the nation’s security. The special events include the DoD’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 81 set for May 1-6 in Washington, D.C., and the USAF’s Annual National Security Forum May 16-20 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

“It’s an honor to be selected to participate in these events, particularly as UCM continues building strong relationships with the men and women who serve at Whiteman Air Force Base,” Ambrose said. “These are unique opportunities to get an insider’s look at what it means to serve our country and to learn more about issues that affect the safety and well being of all U.S. citizens. We both share a common commitment to service and the partnership between the university and Whiteman is a strong and distinct identity that defines our community.”

The Joint Civilian Orientation Conference is DoD’s oldest outreach program and the only such program sponsored by the Secretary of Defense. JCOC’s mission is to increase public understanding of national defense by enabling American business and community leaders to experience a slice of everyday life of the men and women serving their country in uniform. With typical days spanning up to 16 hours, it includes a multi-city tour, which allows participants to visit all five military services, where they will be briefed by senior military officials and participated in field activities with military leadership and troops.

The National Security Forum will explore a variety of current and future national security issues andprovide an opportunity for an open and candid exchange of ideas among guests and the students and faculty at the Air War College. Through briefings, panels, seminar discussions, and social events, participants will hear from experts on various aspects of national and international security. Topics will include national defense issues, national military strategy, and the role of air, space and cyberspace power.