Every year the Secretary of Defense sponsors the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, a program which allows 50 civilian leaders the opportunity to spend a week with the military. JCOC is the oldest existing Pentagon outreach program having been held 77 times since 1948. This program gives these leaders the opportunity to grow their knowledge of the Army through briefings at the Pentagon and by participating in training in the field.
This year’s iteration, which ran from September 10-17, was hosted by the U.S. Southern Command. Participants visited sites such as Guantanamo Bay, the Panama Canal and U.S. Embassy in Bogota, among others.
During the week participant John Maybury, President of Maybury Material Handling documented the entire trip through his blog. Maybury wrote about the group’s movements and activities each day during the conference which he has said “was one of the most educational and rewarding experiences of my life.”
To read about the journey Maybury and 49 others took with the military, visit Maybury’s blog at http://jcoc78.blogspot.com.