Thursday, August 25, 2011

2011 Air & Space Highlights: USAF Contingency Panel

Another great panel to catch at AFA’s 2011 Air & Space Conference would be “USAF Contingency Operations Tomodachi & Odyssey Dawn.”

Though U.S. troops have been continuously engaged in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq in the past decade, the U.S. Air Force has been called upon several times to support additional contingency operations. In just the past two years, we’ve had airmen in Haiti after a major earthquake struck, initially displacing more than a million people and leaving behind heavy damage. In March of 2011, we were in Japan, providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance after several areas were devastated by an earthquake and tsunami. Also in March, the U.S. participated in a no-fly zone to prevent attacks against Libyan civilians. The USAF Total Force demonstrated tremendous flexibility across the full range of military operations. 

On this panel will be Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage III, Commander of Air Combat Command, with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and Air Component Commander for U.S. Joint Forces Command. As the commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. 

Lt. Gen. Burton M. Field is the Commander of U.S. Forces Japan, and Commander of 5th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Yokota Air Base, Japan. He is the senior U.S. military representative in Japan and Commander of U.S. Air Force units in Japan.

Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward is Commander of 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The command serves as the Air Component for U.S. Africa Command and has responsibility for all Air Force activities in the Africa theater spanning 53 countries, 11 million square miles and more than 900 million people.
Brigadier General Roy E. Uptegraff III is Commander of 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. As Commander, he administers and supervises the wing and its subordinate units; ensures combat readiness in the mobilization missions of units under his command; and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Air National Guard base at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

This panel of experts will discuss their first-hand knowledge of the challenges, innovations, successes, and lessons learned from Operation Tomodachi and Operation Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector. 

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