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Naval Aviation Symposium 2017


May 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017

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The 2017 Naval Aviation Symposium took place May 10th – 12th, 2017, at the National Naval Aviation Museum.


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Power Projection in the 21st Century: Carrier Air Wing Three

Naval Aviation’s Impact in Power Projection . . . A Strike Group Commander’s Perspective

Symposium Luncheon: Guest Speaker – Captain Marty Erdossy, USN (Ret.), HII

Power Projection Today and Tomorrow . . . The Role of Large Deck Air Capable Warships

Remarks: Admiral William Moran, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations

Flag Panel: Naval Aviation Today & Tomorrow


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

1200-1630 Golf Tournament (A.C. Read)

Thursday, 11 May 2017

0900-0910 Welcoming Remarks (Atrium)
Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen, USMC (Ret.), Foundation President & CEO
0910-0915 Symposium Overview (Atrium)
Captain Sterling Gilliam, USN (Ret.), Museum Director
0915-1030 Power Projection in the 21st Century (Atrium)
Moderator: Captain Marc Miguez, USN, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Three

Panelists: CVW-3 Commanding Officers

  • Commander Wade Blizzard, USN, C.O. VFA-32
  • Commander Mike Burks, USN, C.O. VFA-86
  • Commander Jeff Farmer, USN, C.O. VFA-131
  • Commander Mitch McCallister, USN, C.O. VFA-105
  • Commander Brendan Stickles, USN, C.O. VAQ-130
  • Commander Darryl Martin, USN, C.O. VAW-123
  • Commander Steve Minihane, USN, C.O. HSC-7
  • Commander Dan Testa, USN, C.O. HSM-74
1045-1200 Naval Aviation’s Impact in Power Projection . . . A Strike Group Commander’s Perspective (Atrium)
Moderator: Rear Admiral Bret Batchelder, USN, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command


  • Captain Paul Spedero, USN, CO USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
  • Captain Marc Miguez, USN, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Three
  • Captain Ryan Scholl, USN, CO, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
1215-1345 Luncheon (Flightdeck)
Guest Speaker: Captain Martin Erdossy, USN (Ret.), Huntington Ingalls Industries Presentation
1400-1530 Power Projection Today and Tomorrow . . . The Role of Large Deck Air Capable Warships (Atrium)

  • Rear Admiral John “Oscar” Meier, USN, Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command — First CO USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
  • Captain Michael “Mouse” Baze, USN (PERS-43) — Second CO USS America (LHA-6)
1800-2100 Symposium Cocktail Reception (Flightdeck) w/Guest Speaker
Guest Speaker: Admiral William Moran, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations


Friday, 12 May 2017

0945-1130 Naval Aviation Today and Tomorrow [Flag Panel] (Atrium)
Moderator: Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces/Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet


  • Vice Admiral Nora W. Tyson, USN, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet
  • Rear Admiral Roy J. Kelley, USN, Director, Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office
  • Brigadier General Gregory Masiello, USMC, Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations NAVAIR, AIR-6.0
  • Rear Admiral Scott D. Conn, USN, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Four
  • Rear Admiral Dell Bull, USN, Chief of Naval Air Training
  • Colonel Jim Adams, USMC, USMC Aviation Plans, Programs, and Budget (APP-1) HQMC


Photo Gallery, Symposium ’17


Photo Galley, 2017 Symposium Golf Tournament

About the Symposium

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.

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.


Symposium 2016 RECAP

Photo Gallery, Symposium ’16


Photo Gallery, 2016 Symposium Golf Tournament


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Coast Guard Air: Into the Storm for 100 Years

“Pioneers in Naval Aviation” Hall of Honor Enshrinement

Flag Panel: Naval Aviation Today & Tomorrow

Symposium Luncheon


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