The Prince George’s County Police Department is excited to announce that our Chief Hank Stawinski has been selected to participate in the 2018 Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 88) 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, Chief Stawinski will spend several intense days from June 10-16, 2018 at undisclosed military installations, engaging with senior military officials and U.S. Service members. In addition to participating in tactical training exercises, he 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 our nation.
The JCOC program is directly linked to the Department of Defense’s new initiative, This Is Your Military. The goal of this initiative is to educate and accurately inform the American public on the military's relevance, innovativeness and how it is a force for good. It also seeks to introduce the American public to those who currently serve, and dispel common misperceptions about the military.
Chief Stawinski said, “I have always been very proud of those who choose to serve our nation in both foreign and domestic endeavors. I was thrilled to be nominated by Brigadier General Select E. John Teichert III, Commander of Joint Base Andrews. Joint Base Andrews is, of course, home of Air Force One and located here in Prince George’s County. This is a long-standing program that seeks to create and foster understanding between military and the civilians whom they protect. I look forward to discussing my experiences upon my return and am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as an ambassador in this capacity.”
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.