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Naval Aviation Symposium 2014


May 7, 2014 - May 9, 2014

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The 2014 Naval Aviation Symposium is scheduled for May 7th – 9th, 2014, at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Online reservations have closed; please call 850-453-2389 for tickets.

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

1200-1600 Golf Tournament (A.C. Read)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

0930-0945 Welcome to Symposium ’14
0945-1145 Session I: “Trailblazers: Women in Naval Aviation” (Atrium)
Moderator: Vice Admiral Robin Braun, USN
Vice Admiral Vivien Crea, USCG (Ret.)
Captain Judith N. Bruner, USN (Ret.)
Captain Coleen Nevius, USN (Ret.)
Captain Sara Joyner, USN
Major (Sel.) Katherine Spies, USMC
1200-1330 Luncheon (Flightdeck)
Guest Speaker: Captain R.L. “Hoot” Gibson, USN (Ret.)
1400-1545 Session II: “Ups and Downs: 100 Years of Naval Aviation Flight Training” (Atrium)
Moderator: Mr. David Hartman
Rear Admiral Peter Booth USN (Ret.)
Captain Richard Dann, USN
Dr. Geoffrey Rossano
Mr. Hill Goodspeed
Colonel D.J. Kiely, USMC (Ret.)
1800-1915 Cocktail Reception (Flightdeck)
1915-2130 Symposium Banquet (Atrium)
Guest Speaker: Admiral William Gortney, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command


Friday, 9 May 2014

0945-1130 Session III: “Naval Aviation Today and Tomorrow [Flag Panel]” (Atrium)
Moderator: Vice Admiral David H. Buss, USN (CNAF) (invited)
Admiral William Gortney, USN
Vice Admiral Bill Moran, USN
Rear Admiral Mike Shoemaker, USN
Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, USN
Rear Admiral Roy Kelley, USN
Rear Admiral Mark Darrah, USN


Sponsorship Opportunities

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Crowne Plaza Reservations – Contact the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel at 850-433-3336 to check availability of hotel reservations at a reduced rate for Symposium 2014 ($128 + tax).

Since 1987, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation has hosted its Naval Aviation Symposium each May in Pensacola. The Symposium series average nearly 3,000 guests annually, including active and retired flag and general officers and executives from the aerospace industry, as well as young naval officers, sailors and Marines undergoing aviation training in Pensacola. Activities include presentations and panel discussions, a golf tournament, luncheon, and a closing reception and banquet.

About the Symposium

The goal of the symposium series is to help preserve the rich history and proud heritage of Naval Aviation by highlighting historical events in which U.S. Naval Aviation has played a major role. In past years, symposia subjects have included: the Battle of Midway; the Battle of Coral Sea; American Aces; Medal of Honor recipients; POWs; the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs; Flying Tigers and Black Sheep Squadrons; the Korean and Vietnam Wars; Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom; Blue Angels and others.

The Foundation’s distinguished guest speakers have included former President Bush, Governor Jeb Bush, Senators John Warner, Jake Garn, Connie Mack and John McCain, Secretaries of the Navy Lehman, Webb, Garrett, Danzig and Winter, Under Secretaries of the Navy Hultin and Pirie, Chiefs of Naval Operations Boorda and Johnson, the Vice Chiefs of Naval Operations, Admirals Fallon and Mullen, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Jones and the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Nyland.


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