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USC Chan Magazine | Fall 2012

USC Chan Magazine, Fall 2012

Clark Gets Close Look at Nation’s Defense Systems

Originally published in the Spring 2012 issue of the USC Chan Magazine

Associate dean and professor Florence Clark was chosen from hundreds of nominees to attend the Department of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.

In late July, Clark joined other leaders from industry, media, entertainment, health care, nonprofit and public sectors, as well as academia, to get a firsthand look at the inner workings of operations across all five branches of the military.

Florence Clark (right) listens with Roger Lowe (center), senior vice president of communications at the American Red Cross, as Chief Air Traffic Controller Gavrila Brooks (left) explains shipboard operations on the deck of the USS Makin Island amphibious assault ship during the Department of Defense's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. Photo by Glenn Fawcett, U.S. Department of Defense

Florence Clark (right) listens with Roger Lowe (center), senior vice president of communications at the American Red Cross, as Chief Air Traffic Controller Gavrila Brooks (left) explains shipboard operations on the deck of the USS Makin Island amphibious assault ship during the Department of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. Photo by Glenn Fawcett, U.S. Department of Defense

Sponsored by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the conference is a program for public opinion leaders who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the military and national defense issues. The leaders, in return, share the knowledge and experiences with their professional and personal networks. The oldest such outreach program of its kind, the Department of Defense has organized 84 renditions of the event since 1948.

Photo by Glenn Fawcett, U.S. Department of Defense

Photo by Glenn Fawcett, U.S. Department of Defense

Read all about Dr. Clark’s whirlwind week, which included tours of military facilities across the country, meetings with top Pentagon brass, and simulations of various demands of military life, online at USC News.