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SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the return of the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on the 29th and 30th November 2022 in Florence, Italy.

Building on our critically acclaimed 2021 edition, the 23rd annual conference remains the preeminent forum for the international air mobility and airlift community – providing critical perspectives from heavy and tactical airlift, rotary wing and AAR industries.

In light of growing operational demands, coupled with recent examples of military support to civilian authorities in the recent COVID-19 epidemic, means that there has never been a more important time to view how armed forces, industry and governments are developing this force multiplier.

Covering key mission areas such as resource pooling and sharing, humanitarian support, AAR technical updates and news from multi-national and national procurement efforts – this comprehensive conference remains the an essential calendar date for those in the airlift and AAR community.
 

Listen to briefings from key allied partners across the strategic and tactical airlift sectors and develop an understanding of programme developments and future requirements
Refined focus on the air-to-air refuelling market and how this critical enabler provides mission support
Industry presentations from key commercial partners across the domain
Learn about key topics within the Military Airlift and AAR community including rotary wing AAR and airlift, resource pooling efforts, humanitarian and disaster relief airlift and rapid response and delivery capability
 

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Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Laurent Donnet

Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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9:00 Perspectives from the 46th Air Brigade

Lieutenant Colonel Fabio Di Stefano

Lieutenant Colonel Fabio Di Stefano, TTPs & EW Unit Chief, Italian Airforce - 46 Air Brigade

9:30 Air Mobility Command: Providing Global Air Mobility

Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss

Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss, Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (AOC)
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  • Priorities for Air Mobility Command: develop the force and advance warfighting capabilities to maximize full-spectrum readiness and generate the credible capacity required to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence
  • Global effects and overview of air mobility operational wings
  • Developing Multi-Capable Airmen and Digitally-Adept Airmen for future operations
  • Fuelling the fight: AAR capabilities enabled by AMC

10:00 Supporting Aerial Refueling well into the 21st Century

Matt Kaslik

Matt Kaslik, Boeing International Business Development, Boeing
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  •  KC-46 Combat Tanker Capabilities
  • Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS): Connecting the War Fighter
  • Flexible Multi-Mission and Rapid Reconfiguration Capabilities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The C-390 Millennium - Creating, Delivering and Supporting an Airlift Capability Suitable for 21st Century Operations

    Simon Johns

    Simon Johns, Vice President Business Development, Embraer Defence & Security
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  • How maintenance and reliability design concept underpins operational effect
  • Delivering more operational capability with fewer assets
  • Growing the regional support solution in line with the growth in NATO operators
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    11:30 The Role of the Heavy Airlift Wing in Afghanistan and support for Ukraine

    Colonel Peder Söderström

    Colonel Peder Söderström, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
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  •  Overview of the HAW structure, its mission, and the C-17 Globemaster platform
  • The evacuation of Kabul
  • HAW role in support for Ukraine
  • The importance of maintaining effective multinational collaboration for rapid delivery
  • 12:00 Airbus military airlifters: National assets for Defence and Humanitarian missions. Status updates, among others

    Jose-Luis  De Miguel Cortes

    Jose-Luis De Miguel Cortes, President Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
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  • A330 MRTT: The benchmark for multi-role tankers. The world’s first tanker certified for automatic air-to-air refuelling boom operations
  •  A400M: The game.changer: Heavy airlift into tactical locations. Proven on military and humanitarian missions. Adding new capabilities
  • C295: The most versatile and effi cient tactical transport aircraft. Ideal complement to heavy airlifters and transport helicopters
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    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Lockheed Martin

    Tony Frese

    Tony Frese, Business Development Vice President, Lockheed Martin
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    14:00 The 435th Contingency Response Group: Ukraine Response

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Stewart

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Stewart, Commander, 435th Contingency Response Group, USAF

  • 435th Contingency Response Group deployed 164 mbrs to establish an Aerial Port of Debarkation to receive the 82d Airborne
  • The shifting mission after Ukraine was invaded and 36 nations began flying in aid for Ukraine
  • Partner nation coordination to schedule aid shipments for Ukraine
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    14:30 The Airlift Coordination Centre: Harmonising National Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin, Chief, ALCC, Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre
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  •  Who and what is the ALCC?
  • What lessons have been learned from ALCC operations?
  • Coordinating national assets to ensure rapid and effective multinational airlift capabilities
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    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 351st Air Refueling Squadron, United States Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa’s sole air refueling squadron

    Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Berge

    Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Berge, Commander, 351st Air Refuelling Squadron, USAF
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  •  Strategic nature of the command’s only air refueling squadron
  • Unique capabilities the KC-135 brings to the area of responsibility
  •  Impacts and lessons learned from recent support for NATO forward presence on the eastern front
  •  Forging Partnerships
  • 16:00 Industry Panel Debate Substantial increase of Defence Budgets, a panacea for industry or not?

  •  Where can you greater collaborate with other industry?
  •  What are the main challenges to collaboration in regard to both industry and government? What needs to be better?
  • Speculate: What is the future of Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling?
  • Matt Kaslik

    Matt Kaslik, Boeing International Business Development, Boeing
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    Jose-Luis  De Miguel Cortes

    Jose-Luis De Miguel Cortes, President Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
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    Jose Gustavo

    Jose Gustavo, Vice President Sales and Business Development, Embraer
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    Lieutenant General (ret.) Settimo Caputo

    Lieutenant General (ret.) Settimo Caputo, Senior Advisor Marketing & Strategic Campaigns, Chief Commercial Office, Leonardo S.p.A.
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    Tony Frese

    Tony Frese, Business Development Vice President, Lockheed Martin
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    16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    17:00 Networking Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    9:00 14th Wing; Capability and Challenges

    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Colonel Luca Mazzini, Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
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    9:30 Experiences with and perspectives for the Austrian Military Airlift capabilities

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger, Commander, Commander Aviation Brigade, Austrian Armed Forces
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  • Challenges during operations and exercise execution of military airlift 
  • International training programs and cooperation in planning and 
  •  Prospects and requirements for future national airlift systems
  • 10:00 C-27J Spartan: from Tactical Transport to Multi-Mission Aircraft

    Stefano Porreca

    Stefano Porreca, Marketing & Sales, Leonardo S.p.A
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  • C-27J: the most versatile Tactical Airlifter
  • 360° Support and Training
  • The C-27J Multi-Mission evolution
  • Dual use opportunities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Port City Air - The Gateway to America

  • Clearing US Customs
  • Ground Operations
  • Cargo Handling
  • Full Concierge Services
  • Mark Brophy

    Mark Brophy, MSGT, USAF retired, Port City Air
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    Stephanie Pratt

    Stephanie Pratt, Director of Sales and Marketing, Port City Air
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    11:30 Ramstein Air Base: The Global Gateway…More than just airlift”

    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Colonel Sean Finnan, 86th Operations Group Commander, 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
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  • Overview of who we are and what we do  Recent innovations (sUAS program, Innovation cell, C-130J Block 8.1 upgrade, etc.)
  • Support to Eastern Europe operations (Ukraine)…contingency lodging, additional aircraft, SecDef summit
  • Support to joint and allied partners
  • 12:00 Preparing Future Airlift Personnel Through the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Centre

    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Colonel Barrett Golden, Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
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  • Mission: Increasing the war fighting effectiveness and survivability of Mobility Forces
  • Overview of AATTC capabilities to train the next generation of airlift personnel 
  • Cultural Shift to Agile Combat Employment (ACE) and its challenges
  • Focusing on international partnerships and strengthening joint training experiences 
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Beyond Visual Line of Sight Military Connectivity and Operational Efficiency

    Claudio Arienta

    Claudio Arienta, Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
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    14:00 Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) 2022 Updates

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna, Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell
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  • Proving Service for over and outsized cargo in a changed environment
  • What are the main aspects of the changed operating environment?.
  • What have the key challenges been for SALIS in recent years?
  • 14:30 NSPA Military Airlift Efforts: 2022 Update

    Franck Verdierre

    Franck Verdierre, Chief of Division , NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
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  • Work with SALIS as its contracting authority
  • The NSPA Transportation System (Air part) and the foreseen development of Partnerships intended to facilitate access to NSPA transportation support for NATO Nations
  • The ability of NSPA to provide transport services in military expeditionary environment in line with the services provided in MALI this year in support of TAKUBA TF
  • Global Access Services
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The MCCE Air Transport Cell

    Major Benjamin Praschl

    Major Benjamin Praschl, Deputy Cell Chief AT-Cell and ATARES Manager, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)

  • Overview of the AT Cell
  • Core duties
  • ATARES
  • 16:00 Aeromedical Evacuation in NATO — The Doc's Perspective

    Major/Dr Jacopo Frassini

    Major/Dr Jacopo Frassini, Doctrine Staff Officer, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
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  • The architecture of an Allied aeromedical evacuation system and the continuum of care: doctrine and terminology
  • Standards and quality of care in shaping aeromedical evacuation systems: a partnership between operations and healthcare
  • Future requirements for sustaining patient outcomes: challenges, opportunities and innovations.
  • 16:30 JAPCC: Air to Air Refuelling and Interoperability

    Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah Oppelaar

    Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah Oppelaar, Air Mobility Strategist, NATO JAPCC
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  •  A short overview of the JAPCC, our mission, leadership, focus areas, and areas of expertise. 
  •  The function of the AAR portion of the Air Operations Support Branch 
  • within JAPCC
  •  Key information on services provided, where to access key resources and participation from across the globe to improve interoperabilit
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    8:00 Depart Hotel on Coach

    9:00 Arrival at Pisa Air Base: Aircraft Tour - Air Terminal Operation Centre

    10:30 Networking Break

    11:30 Facilities Visit: Simulators

    12:30 End of Site Visit: Coach back to Hotel

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss

    Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss

    Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (AOC)
    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Commander, Commander Aviation Brigade, Austrian Armed Forces
    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Peder Söderström

    Colonel Peder Söderström

    Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Colonel Sean Finnan

    86th Operations Group Commander, 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell

    Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss

    Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (AOC)
    Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss

     Brig. Gen. Rebecca J. Sonkiss is the Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 618th AOC (TACC) is responsible for operational planning, scheduling, directing and assessing a fleet of approximately 1,100 aircraft in support of combat delivery and strategic airlift, air refueling, global air mobility support and aeromedical operations around the world.

     
    Brig. Gen. Sonkiss most recently served as the Deputy Director for Counter Threats and International Cooperation (J-5), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. The Deputy Directorate advised the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on all global and functional matters pertaining to stability and humanitarian engagement, security cooperation activities, the Chairman’s mission to the United Nations, countering weapons of mass destruction, countering violent extremist organizations, and Arctic and maritime operations. Her policy portfolio included global pandemic response, Afghan refugee resettlement, and security assistance to Ukraine.
     
    Brig. Gen. Sonkiss graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1994. She commanded the 15th Airlift Squadron through two deployments, was the Vice Commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and commanded the 62nd Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Brig. Gen. Sonkiss also commanded the 89th Airlift Wing, JB Andrews, Maryland, which is responsible for the worldwide special air mission airlift for the President, Vice President, cabinet members, and other senior military and elected leaders.
     
    Brig. Gen. Sonkiss is a command pilot with more than 4,400 hours, including 1,377 combat hours in nine different Air Force manned and remotely piloted aircraft. 

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Commander, Commander Aviation Brigade, Austrian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Joined the armed forces: 1983, became an officer in 1984

    Rank: Col (General Staff) since 2005
    Military schooling: Theresian Military Academy in Wr. Neustadt (Bachelor’s Degree, 1984-1987), Flying School in Zeltweg and Langenlebarn, National Defence Academy in Vienna (Master’s Degree, 1994-1997), Staff officers logistics course of the French Army in Metz/France (1998), US Air War College in Montgomery/Alabama (Master’s Degree, 2000-2001), NATO Defense College in Rome/Italy (2013), top management course on Basics of Business Economics (2015).
     
    Key positions during military career: Helicopter pilot since 1987, instructor pilot since 1990, different staff positions in 1st Helicopter Wing, G2/Air Division (1997), G4/Air Division 1997 till 2000, National Contingent Commander AUCON/KFOR in Kosovo (1999), Chief of planning division/Austrian International Peace Support Command (2000), MOD Air Staff (2001), Head of operations/plans/training division/Austrian Air Force 2002 till 2006, Commander 3rd Engineer Battalion 2009 till 2010, several times Commander Austrian Helicopter and Aviation Detachment EUFOR/ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Commander Air Support Brigade (2019), Chief Plans and Training Division and Deputy Chief of Expert Staff Air (2020), Deputy Director Military Aviation Division/Ministry of Defence.
     
    Present position: Commander Aviation Brigade, Austrian Armed Forces
     
    Responsibility: Planning, decision making and guidance for the preparation and execution of Supporting Air Operations and development of regulations for peace and wartime.
    Duties include: Planning, management, supervision and consultation in above mentioned areas as well as advising highest military and political decision makers on mission related issues.
     
    Additional tasks (amongst others) included: G3/Plans in MNB(S)/KFOR, AOCDir for Air Defence Operations.
    During exercises A4/CJFACC, A3/CJFACC, J3/AirOps/CJFLCC, CO AOCC, observer of EDA HELIEX in GAP/France 2009, evaluator of Aviation Task Force and Airspace Management during European Advance 2010.
    MoD representative at the Austrian Aeroclub Executive Board and the AEJPT Steering Committee.
    Sub-project Manager/Operations for the C-130K, F-5E, Eurofighter, Jet Trainer and Multi-Purpose Helicopter programmes. Sub-project Manager/Training for the Cooperation in the Alpine Triangle project.
     
    Accumulated more than 3,000 active flying hours, is currently examiner and instructor pilot on Agusta Bell 212MLU and VFR/IFR Type Rated on AW169. Chief of the Implementation Team for the Light Multi-Purpose Helicopter System AW169MA.
     
     

    Claudio Arienta

    Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
    Claudio Arienta

     Claudio Arienta works in Honeywell Aerospace as Defense & Space Sales Director responsible for Connectivity and Cockpit solutions in the EMEAI region.

    With more than 20 years of experience in the global aerospace and defense industry, Claudio held positions with increasing responsibility in international leading Aerospace and Defense companies.
     
    Claudio is graduated in Electronics Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin and held an Executive MBA.
     

    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
    Colonel Barrett Golden

     Col. Barrett W. Golden serves as the Commandant of the Advanced Airlift Tactics

    Training Center (AATTC) at the 139th Airlift Wing, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, 
    St. Joseph, Mo. Colonel Golden is a California native, graduated from Apple Valley High
    School in 1995 and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999 with a Bachelor of
    Science degree in Aeronautical Science. The Colonel also earned a Master of Science 
    degree in Military Operational Arts and Sciences from Air University, Maxwell AFB AL 
    in 2012.
     
    Colonel Golden began his service in 1999 with the Air National Guard. He attended Air 
    Force Basic Training at Lackland AFB and Command Post Controller technical school
    at Keesler AFB.  He then returned to an assignment with the 146th Airlift Wing as a
    traditional guardsman. Colonel Golden was selected in 2001 to attend Undergraduate 
    Pilot Training. He received his commission from the Air National Guard Academy of 
    Military Science, Knoxville, Tennessee in 2001, followed by Undergraduate Pilot Training 
    at Columbus AFB, Columbus, Mississippi and initial C-130E training at Little Rock AFB, 
    Arkansas. Upon completion, Colonel Golden returned to the 146th Airlift Wing where he 
    performed pilot duties aboard the Lockheed C-130 as a traditional guardsman.
     
    Colonel Golden began a full time Air National Guard career when hired as an air 
    technician in 2009 into the Chief of Tactics position, 115th Airlift Squadron. Over the 
    years, he rose to the rating of evaluator pilot in the C-130J aircraft.  He has deployed on 
    numerous worldwide missions in times of peace and war. In 2010, Colonel Golden
    deployed as the Chief of Tactics for C-130 operations, 455AEW, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. 
     
    In 2011, Col Golden began a tour at the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC), 139th Airlift Wing, St. Joseph, MO as an Active Guard Reserve in the United States Air Forces Reserves. He held a program manager position in the Advanced Tactics Aircrew Course, Assistant Director of Operations for the Development Division and Director of Operations for the Training Division within the AATTC.  In 2019, Col Golden took command of the 139th Airlift Wing’s Operations Support Squadron and switched back to the Air National Guard.  In late 2020, Col Golden came back to the AATTC as the Vice Commandant.
     
    As a command pilot, he has flown over 4,000 hours, including Operation JOINT FORGE, CORONET OAK, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE AND RESOLUTE SUPPORT.
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    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Luca Mazzini
    EDUCATION
     
    • 1994 – 1998: Air Force Academy
    • 1998: Master's degree in Aeronautic Sciences at Federico II University, Naples (ITALY)
    • 2004: Master's degree in Political Science at Trieste University, Trieste (ITALY)
    • 2005: Air Command and Staff College, Florence (ITALY)
    • 2015 – 2016: Air War College, Montgomery (USA)
    • 2016: Master in Strategic Studies at Air University, Montgomery (USA)
     
    ASSIGNMENTS
     
    • C130J – C130H Military Pilot, 46
    th Air Brigade, Pisa Air Force Base, Italy (1999-2010)
    • Air Expeditionary Airlift Task Group Albatros Commander, Herat, Afghanistan (2011)
    • Operations Manager 50th Airlift/Air Refueling Squadron, Pisa Air Force Base, Italy (2012)
    • 50th Airlift/Air Refueling Squadron Commander, Pisa Air Force Base, Italy (2013-2015)
    • General Planning Division, Italian Air Force General Staff, Rome (2017-2018)
    • Chief of the Italian Center of Excellence for Management, Leadership and Teaching Methodologies in Florence, Italy (2019 to 
    present)

    Colonel Peder Söderström

    Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    Colonel Peder Söderström
    COL Peder Söderström was born in 1967 and is a native of Stockholm Sweden. In 1987, he entered the service as a fixed wing pilot. After Basic Flying Training, he started his career a fighter pilot at the 41. Fighter Squadron flying the JA 37 Viggen. He served as a pilot, commander and as a Viggen display-pilot during his tenure. In August 2000, he attended the Senior Staff Course at the National Defence College (NDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. After completing his first year at NDC, he was selected to attend the Air Command & Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL.  There he earned a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art & Science in 2002.
     
    After completing a two-year tour at the Swedish HQs in 2004, COL Söderström was appointed to the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) Flight Test Centre as the Wing Commander Flying and as the JAS 39 Gripen Chief Test Pilot.
     
    COL Söderström promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2010 and assigned as the Deputy Commander of the joint Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing that same year. From 2013-2014 he was deployed to Afghanistan as the Director of Staff in the German multinational staff of ISAF HQ Regional Command North. After a successful tour, he assumed command of the joint Swedish Helicopter Wing, which he held from April 2014 until December 2017. In preparation for the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) Vice Commander assignment, COL Söderström studied Air Traffic Pilot License Theory and flew the Beech 90 GTX as part of his transition from fighter aircraft to cargo airlift. During spring 2019, he completed C-17 Pilot Initial Qualification at Altus AFB, OK and assumed responsibilities as the HAW Vice Commander in the summer of 2019. In the summer 2021, he assumed command as the first Swedish HAW Commander. 
     
    COL Söderström is an experienced athlete in Military Pentathlon and in his spare time, he enjoys different activities such as cooking, skiing, biking, running and squash. He is married to wife Jenny for 23 years and has three sons: Harald 25, Alexander 23 and Victor 14. 

    Colonel Sean Finnan

    86th Operations Group Commander, 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
    Colonel Sean Finnan

     Col Sean M. Finnan is the commander, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He commands one of the most busy and diverse operations groups in the Air Force, with assets that provide the European and African theatres with DV airlift, aeromedical evacuation support, combat-ready air transportation, and rapidly deployable equipment, supplies, and people. The 86th Operations Group consists of five squadrons, including an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and a geographically-separated Air Base Squadron, and is home to more than 600 active-duty, Reserve, Department of Defense and local national Airmen. The group operates C-21A, C-37A and C-130J aircraft.

     
    Col Finnan entered the Air Force in 1998 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. His first assignment was as a Professional Development Instructor and Football Coach at the USAF Academy Preparatory School. Following undergraduate pilot training and C-130 training, Col Finnan was assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron as a Tactics Officer and Central Scheduler. In 2005, he was assigned to the 61st Airlift Squadron, where he served as a Flight Commander and Chief of Standardization/Evaluation. He graduated from the USAF Weapons School and in April 2008, he was assigned as Assistant Director of Operations in the 29th Weapons Squadron. In October 2008, he served at the Pentagon in the Directorate of Special Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition). Following training in the C-130J, he was assigned as the Director of Operations and then the Commander, 86th Operations Support Squadron. He also flew as an Instructor Pilot with the 37th Airlift Squadron. He then served as the Executive Officer to the Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa. 
     
    Prior to his current assignment, Col Finnan was a Senior Developmental Education Student at the U.S. Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. He is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours and has served in AETC, PACAF, AMC, ACC, and USAFE.
     

    Franck Verdierre

    Chief of Division , NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Franck Verdierre

     Franck Verdierre joined the French Air Force Academy in 1988.

    As a military transport pilot (C160), he has taken part in numerous civilian and military operations. He has logged 5500 FH and more than 200 missions over hostile territories.

    He left his squadron as squadron commander in 2007 and has been then involved in mulitnational projects

    Jose Gustavo

    Vice President Sales and Business Development, Embraer
    Jose Gustavo

    Jose Gustavo started his career at the Portuguese Air Force/Ministry of Defense as an F-16 Program Manager/Fleet Manager (1997) where he stayed until 2007 with different responsibilities such as ASIP (Aircraft Structural Integrity Program) Manager, Falcon Up/Falcon Star Manager, Mid-Life Update Manager, F-16 deputy-fleet manager. After that, he represented Portugal at the NATO Headquarters Air Component Command in Izmir, Turkey (2007-2010). In 2010 he joined the Portuguese Air Force Commander Staff, taking part in several Air Staff projects. In April 2013 he joined OGMA (MRO Services, part of the Embraer Group) as a Sales Manager and in December 2013 he joined Embraer Defense & Security Sales and Business Development team.

    He has an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Portuguese Air Force Academy and Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, 1991-97) and post-graduate degree in International Relations (Lisbon, 2004), Sales Management (Lisbon, 2017) and several Executive Management Programs.
    At Embraer Defense & Security, he has been responsible for several markets including Europe, Middle East and Africa, leading and winning major sales campaigns.
     

    Jose-Luis De Miguel Cortes

    President Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
    Jose-Luis  De Miguel Cortes

     José-Luis de Miguel was named Head of Product Marketing at Airbus Defence & Space based in Madrid (Spain) in January 2016. As responsible for Product Marketing, he directs all Marketing activities related to Airbus Defence & Space 

    products, with the focus on Military Aircraft and Space Systems. 
     
    Previously he had been Head of Process Integration for Airbus Defence & 
    Space based in Ottobrunn (Germany) (2013-2016), being responsible for the integration and improvement of the divisional activities through the deployment of global processes and lean practices.
     
    Before that, José-Luis had been responsible for Software Development and Systems Engineering at Cassidian based in Getafe (Spain) taking care of development activities of all Air Systems related projects, including among others EF Typhoon Enhancements, Atlante Tactical UAS and concept & demonstration activities for HALE/MALE UAS and Future Combat Air Systems.
     
    José-Luis was previously the Head of Strategy of the Cassidian Air Systems 
    Business Unit based in Manching (Germany) and prior to this, he was part of the EADS Sales & Marketing team for Eurofighter Typhoon (Ottobrunn, Germany). José-Luis joined EADS (-CASA) in Spain in 2000. He served in various 
    engineering positions during his early career years, mainly related to Aircraft Preliminary Design and Flight Control Systems Design & Test.
     
    José-Luis earned a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (including a 1 year exchange at Stuttgart University), with the focus on Aircraft Design, Propulsion and Missiles. During his university years he also collaborated with The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Brussels, Belgium) in gas turbine related research activities.

    Laurent Donnet

    Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet is working as a freelance aviation expert consultant since November 2016 at AviDonn Consulting and still a colonel at the Belgian Air Force Reserve.

    He joined the Royal Military Academy in 1985 and graduated as a military pilot in 1990. He served on F-16 from 1991 until 2007 and totalizes 2100 flying hours on the type, including 120 war missions. He flew during the first weeks of Operation Allied Force in 1999 over Kosovo and was the first commander of the initial Belgian F-16 detachment in Afghanistan in 2005.
    After his operational assignments, he attended Staff College in Paris and worked at the Belgian Joint Headquarters’ Strategy Department in the Capabilities Development Branch as air expert and advisor to the Chief of Defence. He subsequently joined the European Defence Agency (EDA) in April 2009 in the Capabilty Development Directorate and stayed until October 2016. First, as Project Officer in Deployability where he tackled strategic air and sea lift issues, then as Programme Manager for Airlift and AAR. He was in charge of several ventures, out of which EDA’s European Air Transport Fleet partnership signed in 2011 by twenty Member States. He led the multinational C27J and C295 projects as well as AAR initiatives like one dealing with A400M aerial refuelling role equipment and another one regarding AAR clearances and certification. In 2012, he initiated an AAR project that resulted into the now well-known Multinational MRTT Fleet Programme. He was also the EDA expert for Jet Pilot Training providing inputs for the Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT) Programme hosted by the EDA from 2008 to 2012.

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin

    Chief, ALCC, Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre
    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek R. Rankin is the Chief of the Airlift Coordination Cell at the NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre, Poggio Renatico, Air Base, Italy. He is responsible for the management and coordination of all fixed and rotary wing aircraft allocated for air transportation tasks for the Joint Force Air Component of NATO. 

     
    Lt Col Rankin is originally from Hagerstown, MD and was commissioned at the Virginia Military Institute in 2005. After graduating from Combat Systems Officer Training in 2006, he served as a C-130E/Hercules Instructor Navigator and Executive Officer at Yokota Air Base, Japan conducting worldwide air-land and airdrop missions providing humanitarian aid across the Pacific Theater. Following his graduation from pilot training in 2011, he served as a KC-10A Aircraft Commander and Flight Commander at Travis AFB, CA deploying numerous times in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE. Next, Lt Col Rankin was selected to serve at the Air Force Personnel Center at Joint-Base San Antonio- Randolph. During this assignment, he served as the Chief of Mobility Air Forces and Special Operations Forces Assignments and subsequently as the Deputy Chief of Assignment Programs where he provided talent management and career development initiatives for the United States Air Force. Following his time on the AFPC Staff, Lt Col Rankin attended the School of Advanced Study of Air Mobility at the United States Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst culminating with a Master of Science Degree in Operations Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Prior to his role with NATO, Lt Col Rankin served as the Commander of the 32d Air Refueling Squadron, where he was responsible for the training, scheduling, and employment of 30 combat-ready KC-10 crews in support of JCS-directed worldwide mobility missions at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 
     
    Lt Col Rankin is a Senior Pilot with over 3,500 flight hours, including over 1,200 combat hours. 

    Lieutenant Colonel Fabio Di Stefano

    TTPs & EW Unit Chief, Italian Airforce - 46 Air Brigade
    Lieutenant Colonel Fabio Di Stefano

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell
    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

     LtCol Harald Struzyna was born on the 27th of November 1961 in Brunsbuettelkoog Germany.

    He joined the German Armend Forces on July 1st 1982.
     
    After finishing the German Air Force Officers School his first assignment was basic training for military personel in Ulmen, Germany as well as Budel Netherlands.
     
    His final training mission was for non-commissioned officers in Husum Germany.
    The first assignment in logistics started in Erding Germany as Squadron Leader of a Transportation Squadron. Other assignments were Branch Chief of the Railroad Section Mecklenburg/Vorpommern followed by an assignment in the German Air Transport Command in Muenster.
     
    Eight years, 2005 – 2013, in the Movement and Transportation Division of the German Armed Forces Command USA and CA in Dulles Virginia followed.
     
    From 2013 until 2019 he was Branch Chief Air Transport in the German Logistics Center in Wilhelmshaven.
     
    Since October 1st, 2019 he is the Commanding Officer of the Strategic Airlift International Solution SALIS at Eindhoven Airbase Netherlands.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah Oppelaar

    Air Mobility Strategist, NATO JAPCC
    Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah Oppelaar

     Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah L. Oppelaar is the Air Mobility Strategist, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (NATO), in Kalkar, Germany. In this role, he executes the JAPCC Program of Work for air mobility including leading the Global Air to Air Refuelling interoperability and compatibility efforts, supporting AIRCOM’s Specialized Heavy Air Refuelling Course (SHARC), and supporting the Military Committee Joint Standardization Board as the Chairman of the Air to Air Refuelling Working Group. 

     
    Lt Col Oppelaar received a regular commission into the United States Air Force in 2005 as a 
    graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He received his “Wings” and pilot rating from Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, and then was selected to fly the venerable KC-135R/T. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Weapons School, recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Award, and holds a Senior Pilot rating with more than 2500 hours in the T-37, T-1, KC-10, and KC135R/T. Lt Col Oppelaar’s flying experience includes multiple deployments in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, and UNIFIED PROTECTOR and has more than 130 combat missions in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. 
     
    Previously, Lt Col Oppelaar served as the Commander, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. In this role, he led more than five hundred rotational Total Force Air Mobility Command personnel from more than fifteen different units, flying thirteen KC-135R/T and one C-21 aircraft in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Operation FREEDOM SENTINEL, and Operation SPARTAN SHIELD.

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Stewart

    Commander, 435th Contingency Response Group, USAF
    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Stewart

    Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Berge

    Commander, 351st Air Refuelling Squadron, USAF
    Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Berge

     Lieutenant Colonel Tyler A. Berge s the Commander of the 351st Air 

    Refueling Squadron, 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, United 
    Kingdom. He leads the United States Air Forces in Europe's only air 
    refueling squadron and is responsible for the mission readiness, mobilization, 
    employment, training and standardization of 125 assigned aircrew and 
    support personnel operating 15 KC-135 aircraft on worldwide air refueling 
    missions. 
     
    Lieutenant Colonel Berge graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2003 and 
    was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps 
    program. He is a command pilot with 3,300 hours and has served as a KC-135 
    instructor and evaluator pilot with multiple deployment through out Southwest 
    Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Prior to his current position, Lieutenant Colonel 
    Berge was the Deputy Commander, 100th Operations Group, Royal Air Force 
    Mildenhall. 

    Lieutenant General (ret.) Settimo Caputo

    Senior Advisor Marketing & Strategic Campaigns, Chief Commercial Office, Leonardo S.p.A.
    Lieutenant General (ret.) Settimo Caputo

     Lt. Gen. CAPUTO is a graduate of the Italian Air Force Academy. He has been a “Military Pilot” flying G91/T jet trainer, a “Pilot Combat Ready” with A/Cs F104 and AMX, “Instructor Pilot” with the TF 104 G, AMX-T, MB 339 A/CD, SIAI 260, NH 500 Helicopter and “Check Pilot – Stan Eval” with MB 339.

    He has commanded two flight units, one squadron, a fighter wing, and prior to becoming, on Feb 20th 2019, Chief of General Acquisition Department of the Air Force, he was the ITAF Deputy Chief of Staff, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Combat Command, the Commander of the Aeronautical Military Sciences Institute, the Chief of Staff of the Air Combat Command, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Joint Operations Headquarter, the ITAF Deputy Logistic Commander and, from October, 2nd 2015 to July, 5th 2017, the 1st Air Region Commander.
     
    Lt. Gen. CAPUTO has totalled over 5600 flight hours on 30 different types of aircraft and helicopters, in particular 3500 flying hours on the TF/F 104 fighters. During the Balkans and Kossovo Campaign, he was appointed as Chief of the National Operational Unit – AMX. At that time he flew 90 hrs in wartime with the AMX A/C.
     
    He is now Senior Advisor Marketing & Strategic Campaigns, Chief Commercial Office with Leonardo S.p.A

    Major Benjamin Praschl

    Deputy Cell Chief AT-Cell and ATARES Manager, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)
    Major Benjamin Praschl

    Major/Dr Jacopo Frassini

    Doctrine Staff Officer, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
    Major/Dr Jacopo Frassini

     Maj Jacopo Frassini is a flight surgeon of the Italian Air Force since 2006 and holds a Private Pilot License. He specialized in cardiology and is currently assigned to the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine. He previously served as a base physician at the Aerospace Operations Command in Poggio Renatico AFB (Ferrara, ITA – 2006-2019). As a medical officer, he supported operations in Afghanistan (2010; 2012; 2014), Libya (2011), Kuwait (2014), Lebanon (2017; 2019) and Iraq (2018), deploying with both regular and special forces. He also participated in numerous exercises of the Joint Air Forces Component (ITA-JFAC) at national and international level (Virtual Flag 2013 and 2014 - NATO Trident Juncture 2015 - Joint Virtual Flag 2016) either in Current Ops Division or as Medical Advisor to the Air Commander.

    Mark Brophy

    MSGT, USAF retired, Port City Air
    Mark Brophy

    Master Sergeant Mark Brophy enlisted in the Air Force in 1982 where he trained to be an aircraft maintainer (Crew Chief) on C-130 aircraft MSgt Brophy was assign to Little Rock AFB AK and then later to Elmendorf AFB AK.


    After serving in the US Air Force MSgt Brophy return to his home in New Hampshire where he joined the NH Air National Guard (NHANG) working again in maintenance, only this time in the Maintenance Operational Command and Control (MOAC). While at the NHANG MSgt Brophy deployed to Pisa Italy in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. In 1998 MSgt Brophy was selected to be an Inflight Refueler or Boom Operator. Since then, MSgt Brophy has been involved in operation around the world from Operations Northern/Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn as well as many humanitarian relief efforts. With 20 years as a Boom Operator MSgt Brophy participated in countless operation and exercises logging a total of 4155 flying hours.


    Now at Port City Air as Military Liaison, MSgt Brophy brings his military experience which helps the military aircrew have a seamless experience at PCA. MSgt Brophy can anticipate the specialized needs of military aircraft and crews. MSgt Brophy also conscientiously helps the aircrew with all their concierge needs, whether it’s arranging transportation, obtaining lodging or guiding our clients to the best places to visit.
     

     

    Matt Kaslik

    Boeing International Business Development, Boeing
    Matt Kaslik

     Matthew Kaslik is an international business development representative, Mobility and Surveillance, responsible for international sales campaigns on behalf of the P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft, E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and KC46 Pegasus tanker. 

     
    Kaslik joined the company in June 2020 after a successful 25-year career in the U.S. Navy. A former EA-6B Prowler Naval Flight Officer, he has vast experience leading aircrew teams in tactical squadrons. 
     
    Before joining Boeing, he served several roles with the U.S. Navy, including 
    deputy division lead and program manager for the Defense Information Systems 
    Agency, and deputy director of the air traffic control tower on the aircraft carrier John C. 
    Stennis, where he led all safety and operations involving more than 75 tactical aircraft 
    and 650 personnel, including aircraft launch and recovery operations, maintenance and 
    fueling effecting more than 1,300 combat sorties. 
     
    Kaslik concluded his U.S. Navy career with a three-year assignment as deputy 
    director of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the “Blue Angels,” where he 
    coordinated and supervised the performance of eight departments run by 130 elite U.S. 
    Navy and Marine Corps squadron professionals. 

    Simon Johns

    Vice President Business Development, Embraer Defence & Security
    Simon Johns

     Simon Johns was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has served as an infantry officer in the British and Australian Armies in a wide range of appointments, and on operations around the world. He is a graduate of the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College and holds a Masters Degree in Defence Studies.
    Simon has extensive experience on the equipment procurement staff across a range of capabilities. These include the procurement and sustainment of IT systems, soldier modernisation programmes, and mounted and dismounted combat systems.

    Before joining Embraer, Simon worked for Lockheed Martin as the business development lead for a range of armoured vehicle opportunities. He was also responsible for growing the Ground-Based Air Defence C4i portfolio worldwide.
    Simon is now responsible for promoting Embraer’s portfolio across Europe and Africa. This includes the C-390 Millennium Multi-Mission Tactical Airlifter; the A-29 Super Tucano Light Attack & Advanced Trainer; and the C4i, Cyber, Space, Sensor and IT technologies offered by Embraer’s subsidiaries; Visiona, Tempest and ATech.

    Stefano Porreca

    Marketing & Sales, Leonardo S.p.A
    Stefano Porreca

    After achieving a master degree in Aeronautic Engineering, he began his career in the Leonardo Aircraft Division Engineering department in 1998, as a specialist in hydraulic equipment primarily involved in the Eurofighter and AMX programs. 

    In the following years he continued working in the Engineering department, first (2000 to 2001) in the Flight Mechanics office, contributing to the development of the Eurofighter autopilot, and later (2002 to 2003) in the Avionics office, as the responsible for the development and qualification activities of the new displays to be integrated in the Tornado aircraft in the frame of the Display System Upgrade program.
     
    In 2004 he became Chief Engineer, in charge of coordinating all the Leonardo Aircraft Division Engineering department activities relevant to the ATR Special Versions aircraft program. In this role, he supervised all phases of the Side Looking Airborne Radar integration on the Italian Coast Guard ATR 42 MP aircraft, including design, installation, testing, certification and delivery.
     
    Since 2006 he is responsible for all Special Versions aircraft in the Sales Engineering function of the Marketing and Sales department. In this role, he provides technical support to all marketing and sales activities. Main tasks include presentation to potential Customers of Leonardo Aircraft special versions solutions, Customers’ requirements analysis, aircraft configuration definition and tailoring, preparation of technical documentation in the frame of commercial offers and participation to negotiations with Customers and Partners. 
     
    In 2009 he achieved the Project Management Professional® certification.     
     

    Stephanie Pratt

    Director of Sales and Marketing, Port City Air
    Stephanie Pratt

    Stephanie Pratt is an aviation professional with over 20 years of aviation experience. In addition to holding her pilot's license, Pratt has a degree in Aviation Management. Pratt has extensive knowledge of customs regulations and immigration including aircraft import and exporting. Working with commercial airlines, private aviation and fixed-base operators (FBOs) she has extensive knowledge throughout her industry. 

     Among her achievements, Pratt directed the operational restructuring of a regional fixed-base operator (FBO).In this role, Pratt streamlined, upgraded, and expanded the charter department’s capabilities and services, transforming an informal sluggish operation into a widely known and highly regarded world-class facility. Pratt’s performance and leadership were significant drivers increasing profit margins and the parent company's 
    overall productivity. 
     
    A pragmatic visionary, Pratt’s primary focus is aviation fuel. Beyond understanding and upholding existing industry guidelines and standards, including quality, handling, and operational best practices, Pratt is taking a 
    step into the future working alongside colleagues and industry experts finalizing plans and proposals which will bring sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the region. 
     

    Tony Frese

    Business Development Vice President, Lockheed Martin
    Tony Frese

     Tony G. Frese is Vice President, Business Development for Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Georgia. In this role, Mr. Frese leads the Domestic, International, and Commercial Business Development teams in the pursuit and capture of AMMM business to include tactical and strategic air mobility as well as aerial tanker aircraft lines of business. 

    Mr. Frese was previously the Vice President, AMMM Domestic Programs, responsible for leading company’s U.S. Government air mobility and maritime missions operations. Prior to that, he was the vice president and deputy program manager for the C-130 Program, and he had a number of previous roles leading teams supporting both domestic and international customers. 
     
    Mr. Frese began working at Lockheed Martin in 1985, steadily progressing through positions of 
    leadership in the areas of Reliability & Maintainability, Advanced Design, C-130J Engineering and as the program C-130J director for Italy, Canada, Special Missions, U.S. Government, and Foreign Military Sales programs. 
     
    He began his career as an aerospace engineer supporting NASA on the Space Shuttle Program 
    in Houston. Mr. Frese is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He is a two-time recipient of the 
    Nova Award, Lockheed Martin’s highest employee award, which is awarded to those employees 
    who have made outstanding contributions in fulfilling missions and objectives. 
     
    Mr. Frese is an avid fisherman and enjoys golf, boating and volunteering at his church. He and 
    his wife, Skotti, have two children. The couple lives in Dawsonville, Georgia.

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    Located just few minutes from the historical center of Florence and near all the major monuments of the Renaissance, the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo has 331 guest rooms and is the city’s largest hotel. It can be easily reached by car thanks to its strategic location and is the ideal solution for events, meetings and conference of all types.

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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    Airbus

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    Airbus Defence and Space is a global leader for aerospace, defence and security solutions and a reliable partner to commercial and governmental customers worldwide. It is one of the two divisions of Airbus.

    More than 33,000 employees from over 80 different nationalities generate revenues of around €11 billion in 4 programme lines: Military Aircraft, Space Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Connected Intelligence. Airbus Defence and Space contributes to ensuring future European autonomy and sovereignty in defence and security as leading industrial partner in Europe’s most ambitious development programme Future Combat Air System (FCAS).

    Military Aircraft pioneers the full range of integrated air power solutions. Together, the A400M, C295, A330 MRTT and Eurofighter Typhoon make up a world-class product range operated by customers worldwide. By leveraging Airbus’ best-in-class design, development, production, integration and service capabilities, customers benefit from end-to-end lifecycle solutions supporting sovereign, mission-ready air power solutions.

    Space Systems develops and operates major civil and defence space systems and delivers powerful insights through space-based services. Its satellite system solutions for telecommunications, Earth observation, navigation and science include spacecraft, ground segments and payloads. As the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration, its key systems include the Ariane launchers in a joint venture with Safran.

    Unmanned Aerial Systems drives the future of unmanned flight by delivering innovative solutions and leveraging eco-systems and partnerships. Airbus is prime contractor for the remotely piloted aircraft Eurodrone and the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Zephyr. The portfolio comprises drone services, such as operational services, flight operations and approvals, consulting, training and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services.

    Connected Intelligence provides solutions for situational awareness and secure communications services worldwide. The business offers imagery, industry-specific applications to transform data into actions and is a trusted partner for protection from cyber threats.



    Embraer

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    Embraer Defense & Security is the leading aerospace and defense industry in Latin America. In addition to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced trainer and the multi-mission KC-390 military airlift, it provides a full line of integrated solutions and applications such as Command and Control Center (C4I), radars, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) and space. This also includes integrated systems for information, communications, border monitoring and surveillance as well as aircraft for authorities’ transportation and special missions. With a growing presence on the global market, Embraer Defense & Security products and solutions have been sold to more than 60 customers throughout its history.



    Lockheed Martin

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    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


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    Honeywell

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    Military operators are increasingly cognizant of the benefits of resilient Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) high speed communication capabilities. Honeywell has provided BVLOS solutions to various military organizations around the world, where the systems are being used to enable and enhance a variety of mission applications. Recent operations in the Ukraine, such as the Kabul Airlift and Covid 19 relief activities have put the need for seamless, global, reliable, and resilient high-speed connectivity into sharp focus. As defense departments strive to optimize and expand the capabilities of their airborne assets, BVLOS is an essential enabler to optimize mission effectiveness and outcomes.

    Real-time high-speed broadband communication has become vital for mission success, which depends on having the right information, at the right place, at the right time, and to the right people. The Connected Battlespace is accelerating connectivity requirements. Air Forces need to be able to deploy rapidly, at anytime, anywhere in the world and asset utilization is increasingly stretched, with one platform type previously dedicated to specific missions expected to perform multiple roles. Furthermore, vast amounts of data need to be processed and communicated in real-time with the accelerated use and integration of artificial intelligence for enhanced situational awareness and decision making.

    Recent events where the rapidly deployed operation face unique communication challenges can be overcome with BVLOS communication capability. Similarly, for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, collecting the data is facilitated by advanced sensing technology and multiple platforms – the continued area of weakness is disseminating the gigabytes of data securely so that the data can be turned into information and exploited in as near to real-time as possible.

    Honeywell has been at the forefront of airborne Satellite Communications (SATCOM) systems innovation for over three decades. From the early systems in the early 1990s, which provided reliable cockpit connectivity for the first time, our constant innovation has enabled military aircraft to carry out missions more efficiently and safely. Honeywell’s SATCOM technology leadership has enabled military organizations to enjoy progressively faster and improved connectivity. From on-board phones and faxes, to Swift64, to SwiftBroadband, and to today’s Global Xpress powered by Honeywell JetWave and JetWave MCX network agnostic capability, this has set a new standard for aviation connectivity. With SATCOM research, technology, and support centers of excellence in Canada, US, UK, France, and India, Honeywell has vast experience and capability in innovating, developing, manufacturing, certifying, and supporting SATCOM systems. Today, our SATCOM systems can be found on thousands of aircraft worldwide, across the General Aviation, Business Aviation, Commercial Air Transport and Defense sectors. Honeywell’s extensive global support infrastructure ensures customers have access to expert support, wherever they are.



    Jetex

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    An award-winning global leader in executive aviation, Jetex is recognized for delivering flexible, best-in-class trip support solutions to customers worldwide. Jetex provides exceptional private terminals (FBOs), aircraft fueling, ground handling and global trip planning. The company caters to both owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel. To find out more about Jetex, visit www.jetex.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn



    Leonardo

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    https://www.leonardo.com/en/about/profile

    Leonardo is a global high-tech company and a leading player in Aerospace, Defence and Security

    The company plays a prominent role in major international strategic programmes and is a trusted technological partner of governments, defence agencies, institutions and enterprises. Innovation, continuous research, digital manufacturing and sustainability are the cornerstones of Leonardo’s business worldwide.



    port city air

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    https://www.portcityair.com/

    Port City Air is located at the Portsmouth International Airport KPSM along the beautiful New Hampshire coastline. Over the past 20-years Port City Air has developed a quiet reputation for exceeding expectations. Growing its wide and robust variety of ground support equipment, and 200,000-gallon (90,9218 liters) fuel capacity, refueling fleet as well as investment in employee training and retention that’s resulted in unmatched experience, unrivaled capabilities and extremely high service levels.

    Based at a FAA Part 139 Airport with nonstop airport operations and a 11,321’ X 150’ (3450.6 x 45.7-meter) runway and unlimited weight bearing capacity for all GA, commercial, cargo and military aircraft. Also having continuous ATC and ARFF/CFR and 24/7 U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Port City Air also has high-capacity passenger clearance in our newly renovated passenger terminal with two jet bridge operations. We have a full-service cargo operation available to support any operational needs. With Forklifts up to 30K pounds, a Commander 30i Main Deck Loader and a Lantis Belly Loader we can support any aircraft anytime.

    Experienced airport winter operations team supported by large fleet of modern GPS tracked snow removal equipment that can clear all 11,321' of runway and main taxiways in under 20 minutes.

    More than just an FBO, Port City Air has an extensive fleet of ground handling vehicles. Including Four De-Ice trucks Type I & IV with reach to tail of B74 and 10 Jet A fuel trucks. With multiple fuel farms and top-of the-line, reliable ground support giving us built in redundancy ensuring we always have what is needed when its needed. Add to this, a dedicated core of highly trained line service technicians and exceptionally attentive customer service teams we are Ready, Willing and Able to support any flight operation 24/7/365.

    Welcome to Port City Air, expect the unexpected!


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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