Registration Information

Registration Information and Costs
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Registration Information
  1. What does it cost to attend the Air Warfare Symposium?
    AFA Member - $915
    AFA Life Member - $560
    Non-Member - $1050
    Non-DoD Government - $115*
    Foreign Attache and Foreign Military - $350
    Government/DoD - Complimentary
    *Civilian employees of any U.S. federal government department or agency other than the Department of Defense. This does not include employees of contractors working for the federal government. 
  2. What does the symposium registration include?
    Symposium registration includes the Welcome Reception on 2/21; all speaker sessions on 2/22-23; continental breakfasts on 2/22-23; coffee breaks on 2/22-23; lunch on 2/22 (for paid symposium registrants only) and exhibit hall access during open hours. Complimentary symposium registrations DO NOT include lunch; an optional $10 lunch ticket will be available for purchase during the registration selection process.  If you are an exhibitor who is also attending the symposium, please register through the exhibitor registration category.

  3. What is the dress for the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition? - -- Return to the top
    The attire for the Welcome Reception is business casual / Air Force short-sleeved blue uniform without tie or other Service equivalent.  The Symposium and Exhibit Hall attire is Business Suit / Service Dress. The attire for Thursday evening's Backyard BBQ event is casual. (Casual attire for men: nice slacks/jeans, polo shirts, button down shirts, nice shoes or sandals. Casual attire for women: nice pants/jeans, skorts, skirts, polo shirts, nice blouse or top, casual dress or sundress, nice shoes or sandals.) For those visiting the Technology Exposition Only, the dress is uniform of the day.

  4. What does it cost to cancel?
    Registration changes can be made on-line until February 16, 2018. Cancellations prior to February 16 will receive a full refund of registration less a $25 processing fee to cancel. No refunds will be issued after February 16, 2018. Refunds will be credited back to the original card used for payment. No refunds will be issued if you do not attend the event. This policy does not apply to exhibit booth sales. Please refer to the application / contract form for the exhibit booth cancellation policy.

  5. What does it cost to attend ONLY the Technology Exposition?
    Admission to the Technology Exposition during open hours is free of charge for qualified registrants. Lunch will be served on the floor Thursday, February 22, and is complimentary (included) with all paid symposium registrations. Complimentary symposium registrations DO NOT include lunch; an optional $10 lunch ticket will be available for purchase during the registration selection process. You may pre-register for the technology exposition on-line by choosing the appropriate registration category that applies to you, to begin or you may register on-site. Employees of exhibiting companies, please select the "Exhibitor" category above to register for your exhibitor badge instead of registering for the Technology Exposition.  

    The exhibit hall open hours are as follows:

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Welcome Reception - Ticket Required)

    Thursday, February 22, 2018
    9:30 am – 4:15 pm (Open)

    Friday, February 23, 2018
    7:00 am – 11:00 am (Open)

  6. Where do I pick up my badge/tickets?
    Badges and tickets may be picked up on-site at the AFA Registration Desk (Gatlin Registration Desk) at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel beginning at 10:30 am, Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Please bring a photo or corporate ID. Acceptable forms of ID are as follows:

    • Driver’s License
    • Military ID
    • U.S. Government ID
    • Passport
    • Corporate Name Badge
  7. What is the Backyard BBQ event?
    This informal event on Thursday evening will provide a networking opportunity between the military, academia, retired military, and defense industry.
  8. How much does it cost to purchase an individual ticket or group package for the Backyard BBQ?
    The cost for an individual ticket to the Backyard BBQ is $175. Group packages can also be purchased through registration for 17 people at $3,000. Ten of the tickets will be kept by the organization; the seven remaining tickets will be returned to AFA to support military and DoD guests. Sponsorships are also available.  If interested, please contact Barbara Taylor at btaylor@afa.org or 703-247-5838. 

    For military and DoD guests, tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  9. Where can I find information on Central Florida Chapter's Air Force Gala Reception and Dinner?
    There will not be a Gala Reception and Dinner in 2018. There will be an Awards Ceremony as part of the Symposium agenda to present the awards traditionally handed out during the Gala.
  10. Do I have to be a member of AFA or the military to attend?
    No. If you are not a member of AFA and/or not currently serving active duty military or reserves, or current Department of Defense civil service employee, please choose the Non-Member category when registering.
  11. When is on-line registration closed?
    On-line registration is open through the event. We will only be down for a short time while we set up on-site. If at any time our registration website message states we are down for maintenance, please check back as we will be back up again soon. As always you will also have the option of registering on-site. 

Agenda -- Return to the top

  1. Will the Air Warfare Symposium schedule be the same as previous years?
    Yes, the full detailed symposium agenda can be found here. The Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall will again take place on Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. On Thursday, February 22nd, AFA will hold the inaugural Backyard BBQ beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  1. Will the Martin H. Harris Chapter hold their annual golf tournament again this year?
    Yes, the full details and registration can be found on their website. ATTENTION Total Force Airmen to include Air Force Civilians: IAW Air Force Conference Business Rules, 15 Oct 15, “Participation in golf outings (in conjunction with a conference) should only occur when the individual is in a leave status and is clearly on personal time for which no per diem should be earned.” You can find the complete AF Conference Business Rules on the AF Portal.

Additional Information -- Return to the top

  1. Are you interested in being a sponsor during the Air Warfare Symposium?
    If so, please contact Fred Ullman, Director of Corporate Relations at 703-247-5842 or FUllman@afa.org
  2. Are you interested in Being an exhibitor during the Air Warfare Symposium?
    If so, please contact Ron Bates at 703-683-8500 ext. 230 or rbates@ntpshow.com.
  3. What else do I need to know?
    Send your questions to us (mmcclelland@afa.org). Those will help us think of additional items to add to this FAQ.