For Immediate Release
February 23, 2011
Senior Air Force officials Discuss Air Dominance at 27th Annual Air Warfare Symposium
Conference Hosts top military leaders, CyberPatriot Semifinals and Awards
Arlington, VA – The 27th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition attracted hundreds of guests February 17-18 to the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. This year’s symposium was the setting for 16 different conference addresses, a surprise award presentation and the results of CyberPatriot’s semifinal round of competition.
The Technology Exposition boasted approximately 50 exhibits allowing participants insight to some of the industry’s cutting edge technology.
This two-day symposium had the nation’s top tier of military leadership speaking on current issues and advancements in air combat, cyber warfare and global challenges as well as future challenges facing airmen. Speakers included Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Philip Breedlove, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy and Commanders of several of the nation’s air forces. A full list of the schedule can be found here.
Directly following his presentation, Chief Roy was honored with AFA’s first-ever Chief Paul W. Airey Leadership Fellowship. This fellowship was created to honor those who possess the same qualities of leadership, dedication, resilience and innovation as displayed by Chief Airey in the highest noncommissioned officer position. With this fellowship, AFA was able to recognize Chief Roy for his enthusiasm and dedication to the service.
“The Air Warfare Symposium is always an opportune environment for strong dialogue between the Air Force community, industry professionals and civilians,” said Mike Dunn, President of AFA. “Our conference provides an exclusive opportunity to hear in-depth views from some of our defense leaders about pressing issues in air warfare, and we are delighted to provide that setting.”
The Symposium culminated with the Air Force Gala, sponsored by AFA’s Central Florida Chapter, where they celebrated "The 20th Anniversary of Operation: Desert Storm.”
Only a couple doors down, teams from CyberPatriot III were engaged in a rigorous challenge, warding off intrusions from hackers as they defended 12 computer systems in their semifinal event. Twelve teams from all over the country (out of more than 450 who initially registered) competed over the two days for a spot in the championship round, to be held March. By the end of their challenge, only five teams could advance to the finals.
Congratulations to the following teams:
- Buena High School, Army Junior ROTC - Sierra Vista, AZ
- Clearfield High School, Air Force Junior ROTC - Clearfield, UT
- Orlando Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol - Orlando, FL
- Ramona High School, Navy Junior ROTC - Ramona, CA
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Marines Junior ROTC - Fitchburg, MA
CyberPatriot’s championship round will be held March 31 to April 1, 2011, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with AFA’s inaugural CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition.
Altogether, AFA’s premier winter event was a great venue to learn about advancements in air warfare and challenges in air dominance. Transcripts from the Air Warfare Symposium will be available at www.afa.org later this week.
The AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has over 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 120,000 members. Visit AFA www.AFA.org.
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