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Concordia is delighted to announce that Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Matthew A. Swift has been selected to engage with senior military officials and private sector business and community executives for the prestigious 2018 Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 88), hosted by the Secretary of Defense and taking place in June in Alexandria, Virginia.

As a JCOC participant, Matthew Swift will spend several intense days at 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.

The JCOC program—the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the Department of Defense—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, with the ultimate aim of helping bridge the growing military-civilian divide.

On accepting the position, Matthew Swift commented: “I am honored to have been nominated to participate in this year’s JCOC 88. At Concordia, we are building out our work relating to our Diplomacy & Defense Programming Pipeline, which focuses on issues ranging from national security challenges to peacebuilding efforts. I am looking forward to being immersed in military life, and connecting with service members to better understand the critical role of the Department of Defense’s policies and programs.”