President’s Cockpit / ByBG E.J. Sinclair, Ret.: The 2016 AAAA Mission Solutions Summit 28-30 April 2016 in Atlanta is on the horizon and approaching fast!! We opened registration and housing on 1 October and are well on the way to a successful event already. The response has been phenomenal!
Key Army Aviation leaders like BG Bob Marion, PEO Aviation, and his project managers, shown here during a Q&A during the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN, March 29-31 will once again be available at the 2016 Summit in Atlanta. /AAPI PHOTO BY RENÉ BIDEZ
The Headquarters hotel is sold out, the exhibit hall is 2/3 full and we still have six months to go! We have sent our copies of the accepted proffer from the Secretary of the Army which ensures we will have key decision makers at the Summit. We are working our key speakers to make sure this event touches all the bases in our Army Aviation Community from Active Duty, ARNG, USAR, acquisition, sustainment, training and doctrine, future technology, human resources, retired, veterans and much more. We will also have a more robust job fair this year for those in transition.
Again, the 2016 Summit is the ONLY time of the year that the entire community gathers to make sure we have the best technical, tactical and training solutions for you in uniform at the point of the spear.
The event will use all the lanes we have established to accomplish our mission statement, “Supporting the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family.” You have seen those four lanes on the new logo and everything we do. Networking, Recognition, Voice, and Support are what you have asked for, and they are what we strive to deliver every day at AAAA.
Take the time to join us in April for unparalleled professional development and networking opportunities; recognition of our best and brightest at the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Soldier and Unit of the Year award presentations; sharing your voice on issues at the Q & A Sessions with key Army Leaders in the center of the exhibit hall; and hearing about all the hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarship support we provide through the Scholarship Foundation at their annual luncheon.
You really cannot totally understand what this great Association does until you actually attend one of these Annual Solutions Summits. For those of you in industry, yes…the Army key decision makers will be there. The Secretary of the Army accepted our Proffer back in August again for 2016.
On a local level, our chapters are doing a great job making the AAAA experience come alive for our members. Check out the Facebook page for our Flint Hills Chapter for example. From general membership meetings and golf tournaments to recognizing excellence with the Order of Saint Michael and Knight awards, to promoting the free AAAA membership for deployed Soldiers and holding elections, and raising money for their scholarship program, they are doing it all. I had the opportunity to meet with newly elected president, COL John Cyrulik, and his team and saw first-hand how they are truly using AAAA to help take care of Aviation Soldiers and their Families.
Hope to see many of you at the upcoming November symposia in Huntsville, AL. Expanding the timeline for the week of the Cribbins Symposium by adding days for the ALSE and ASE symposia brings a lot of synergy to these efforts.
Sign up for the 2016 Summit today!!
BG E.J. Sinclair, Ret.
32nd President, AAAA