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Naval Aviation Symposium 2015


May 6, 2015 - May 8, 2015

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The 2015 Naval Aviation Symposium took place May 6th – 8th, 2015, at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

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Session I, Air War: Vietnam

Session II, HA(L)-3 Seawolves: Navy Assault Helicopters in Vietnam

Session III, Naval Aviation Today & Tomorrow

Symposium Banquet

Symposium Luncheon


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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

Thursday, 7 May 2015

0930-0945 Welcome to Symposium ’15
0945-1145 Session I: “Air War: Vietnam” (Atrium)
Moderator: Rear Admiral Frederick Lewis, USN
Admiral Leighton W. Smith, USN (Ret.) (KBE)
Rear Admiral Bruce Bremner, USN (Ret.)
Captain Frank Hamrick, USN (Ret.)
Commander Theodore R. Swartz, USN (Ret.)
Col John D. Cummings, USMC (Ret.)
1200-1330 Luncheon (Flightdeck)
Guest Speaker: Former Astronaut Colonel Kenneth D. Cameron, USMC (Ret.)
1400-1545 Session II: “HA(L)-3 Seawolves: Navy Assault Helicopters in Vietnam” (Atrium)
Moderator: Mr. Hill Goodspeed
Captain Richard A. Catone, USN (Ret.)
Captain Gordon Peterson, USN (Ret.)
Commander William G. Barnes, USN (Ret.)
Commander Richard Barr, USN (Ret.)
PO1 William H. Johnson, USN (Ret.)
1800-1915 Cocktail Reception (Flightdeck)
1915-2130 Symposium Banquet (Atrium)
Guest Speaker: The Honorable Gordon England, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Former Secretary of the Navy


Friday, 8 May 2015

0945-1130 Session III: “Naval Aviation Today and Tomorrow [Flag Panel]” (Atrium)
Moderator: Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, USN (CNAF) (invited)
Admiral William Gortney, USN
Vice Admiral Scott H. Swift, USN
Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, USCG
Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, USMC
Vice Admiral David A. Dunaway, USN
Rear Admiral Michael Manazir, USN
Rear Admiral John R. Haley, USN
Rear Admiral Roy J. Kelley, USN
Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt, USN
1200 Ribbon Cutting: 100 Years of Naval Reserve Aviation Exhibit (Museum Entrance)


Photo Gallery, Symposium ’15

Photo Gallery, 2015 Symposium Golf Tournament

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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