Senator Bowers Selected To Participate In Department Of Defense Program

TOPEKA- Kansas Senator Elaine Bowers 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 Defense’s 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.
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 90 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.