On July 28th, 29th and 30th the Langley AFA Chapter held its 22nd annual Airpower symposium and Salute to ACC and Team Langley. The three-day event began on a fun note Tuesday evening with an evening social at one of premier Community Partners, The Greene Turtle in Hampton. But it was back to business Wednesday morning when the Airpower Symposium kicked off with a keynote address from the Commander of Air Combat Command, General Hawk Carlisle. AFA Executive Vice President, Major General (Ret) Mark Barrett followed with remarks on the mission of the Air Force Association, and gave us a glimpse of the premier lineup coming to the Air and Space Conference in September!
Other highlights of the Symposium included presentations from Brigadier General Jeff Taliaferro (ACC Director of Plans, Programs, and Requirements), updates from all the Core Function Teams as well as panels covering the topics of Resilient C2 and The State of Air Force R&D. The Symposium proved to be an exceptional venue giving members of the defense industry an opportunity to not only dialogue with the ACC staff, but to gain an awareness of the challenges facing ACC, while at the same time getting a better understanding of the need for the Air Force to partner with industry in order to meet the challenges of the future.
The AFA Salute Dinner on Wednesday evening was a tremendous success with just under 200 in attendance. We were honored to host General (Ret) John P. Jumper, 17th AF Chief of Staff as our keynote speaker! The General reflected on his time spent here at Langley and emphasized the need for a strong Air Force as he spoke to several of the challenges facing airmen today. The Chapter then presented a check for $2000 to the Wing Commanders of the four wings at Langley to support the Airmen programs at Langley. Tyler Johnson, Chapter President, highlighted the AFA mission to "Educate, Advocate, and Support" and showcased many of the Langley Chapter endeavors to support Team Langley and the local veterans this year. To close out the evening, attendees were entertained by a spectacular performance by the Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, the Victory Brass Quintet! We closed out the three-day event with some fun in the sun at our annual Golf Tournament held at the Langley Raptor Golf Course on Thursday.
Special thanks to our 17 sponsors who supported the Salute to Team Langley Dinner and the golf tournament. We couldn’t have done this without you!