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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

9:00 Perspectives from the 46th Air Brigade

Colonel Giuseppe Addessa

Colonel Giuseppe Addessa, Incoming Commander, 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force

9:30 Implementing the lessons of 2021 for the RAF Air Mobility Force

Air Commodore Anthony Lyle

Air Commodore Anthony Lyle, Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
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  • Key lessons to Operation PITTING
  • Delivering RAF Air Mobility strategy
  • Supporting Ukraine and working more closely with Allies
  • Looking forward: expected challenges and opportunities
  • 10:00 Supporting Aerial Refueling well into the 21st Century

    Matt Kaslik

    Matt Kaslik, Boeing International Business Developement, Boeing

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Embraer

    Simon Johns

    Simon Johns, Vice President Business Development, Embraer Defence & Security

    11:30 The Spanish Approach to Airlift Capabilities: An Overview of the Transfer from the C-130 to A400M

    Brigadier General Jose Luis Ortiz-Canavate Levenfeld *

    Brigadier General Jose Luis Ortiz-Canavate Levenfeld * , Spanish Air Movility Command Commander, Spanish Air Movility Command

    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

  • 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 Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet Update 2022

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF)
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    • An update on the current status of the MMU.
    • The achievements: NEO Afghanistan Support, related to Ukraine crisis
    • The road to FOC.

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Lockheed Martin

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Lockheed Martin

    14:30 European Air Transport Command: Key Perspectives

    Brigadier General Paul Desair

    Brigadier General Paul Desair, DCOM, European Air Transport Command (EATC)

  • Overview of the EATC’s role as the major air mobility force provider in Europe with large and flexible operational options for air transport, medical evacuation and air-to-air refuelling
  • Update on the transformation of the EATC’s current fleet to include A400-M, C130J, and A330 MRRT platforms
  • Generating a common tactical operating procedure
  • ATARES: a framework for pooling and sharing organisation
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    15:00 The Airlift Coordination Centre: Harmonising National Capabilities

  •  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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    Major Walter Boris Palumbo

    Major Walter Boris Palumbo, Deputy Chief, NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin, Chief, ALCC, Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre
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    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    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 Developement, Boeing

    Simon Johns

    Simon Johns, Vice President Business Development, Embraer Defence & Security

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Lockheed Martin

    Jose-Luis  De Miguel Cortes

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

    16:40 Experiences with and perspectives for the Austrian Military Airlift capabilities

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger, Commander, Ministry of Defence, Austria
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  •  Challenges during operations and exercises
  • International training programs and cooperation in planning and execution of military airlift
  • Prospects and requirements for future national airlift systems
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    17:15 The Royal Netherlands Air Force’s Military Airlift Requirements and Current Status

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , RNLAF

  •  The C-130H replacement programme
  • Evaluating the decision to procure the C-390 Millennium
  • Acquisition timelines to avoid a capability gap
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    17:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:00 Networking Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 USAF Air Mobility Command Keynote

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Air Mobility Command, US Air Force

    9:30 14th Wing; Capability and Challenges

    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Colonel Luca Mazzini, Incoming Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
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    10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor Leonardo

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor Port City Air

    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 
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    12:30 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
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 2022 Update from the MCCE

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassara

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassara, Incoming Commander, MCCE
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  •  The role of the MCCE in crisis support as a strategic lift broker
  • How multinational airlift organisations work together to increase capacity and generate options beyond their core membership
  • Assessing the future challenges in sharing strategic lift capacity
  • 14:30 Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) 2022 Updates

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

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

  •  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?
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    15:00 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
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    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Breaking Barriers to Innovation: JIGSAW and KRADOS

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow, Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO ACT
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  • Innovation and experimentation to refine the JIGSAW application for AAR mission planning
  • Adaption of this new mission planning software by NATO partners and how it enhances combat capabilities
  • Lessons learnt from the JIGSAW implementation, and the wider capabilities of in-house NATO software development
  • 16:30 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.
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    17:00 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 interoperability.
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Commodore Anthony Lyle

    Air Commodore Anthony Lyle

    Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Brigadier General Paul Desair

    Brigadier General Paul Desair

    DCOM, European Air Transport Command (EATC)
    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Commander, Ministry of Defence, Austria
    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
    Colonel Gioacchino Cassara

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassara

    Incoming Commander, MCCE
    Colonel Giuseppe Addessa

    Colonel Giuseppe Addessa

    Incoming Commander, 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Incoming 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

    Air Commodore Anthony Lyle

    Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Anthony Lyle

     Air Commodore John Lyle joined the Royal Air Force in 1995.  After completion of officer and navigator training, he was selected for Air Defence duties on the Tornado F3 fighter aircraft.  Over the period of three tours, he was fortunate to operate across the globe, undertook operations in Iraq and qualified as a tactics and weapons instructor.  He subsequently served as a weapons specialist in the RAF Air Warfare Centre before joining the E-3D Sentry as a Tactical Director and Executive Officer.

     
    On promotion to Wing Commander, Lyle went to the National Air and Space Operations Centre at RAF High Wycombe as a National Representative and Air Counter-Terrorism operations advisor, before taking command of Number 56 Squadron, responsible for developing and enabling Air ISR capability enhancements across Defence. 
     
    In 2013 Lyle deployed to Bastion Airfield in Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander. He subsequently served as Head of Air Operations and Levant Regional Lead at Joint Force Headquarters, working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development.  Following this, Lyle worked in the Operations Directorate of the MOD, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in Headquarters Air Command and then as the ISTAR Deputy Force Commander.  Following this Lyle became head of plans for the newly formed UK Space Command before being promoted to Air Commodore and taking up his current post of Air Mobility Force Commander and Air Officer for Air 
     

    Brigadier General Paul Desair

    DCOM, European Air Transport Command (EATC)
    Brigadier General Paul Desair

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Commander, Ministry of Defence, Austria
    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

     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).

     
    Present position: Director Military Aviation Division/Ministry of Defence.
     
    Responsibility: Planning and guidance for the preparation and execution of Air Force missions including Airspace Surveillance, Air Defence and 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): 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 and is currently examiner and instructor pilot on AB 212MLU. Chief of the Implementation Team for the Light Multi-Purpose Helicopter System AW169M.
     
     

    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 Gioacchino Cassara

    Incoming Commander, MCCE
    Colonel Gioacchino Cassara

     Col. Gioacchino Cassarà is an Officer of the Italian Air Force. He was born in Sicily in 1971, entered the Italian Air Force Academy in 1990 and earned his commission in September 1993.

     
    After Navigator training at Randolph AFB (USA) - (1995-1996), Lecce AFB (IT) (1996), TTTE Cottesmore (UK) (1996) and Coningsby RAF (UK) (1996-1997) he has been assigned as a Navigator and Weapon System Operator at 53rd Wing Cameri (ITAF), and after at 36th Wing Gioia del Colle (ITAF), flying Tornado F3 - ADV (Air Defence Variant) for almost ten years. He has participated at numerous international exercises and real operations. 
     
    He has been assigned at 4th Wing Grosseto from 2004 to 2009 managing the implementation of the Eurofighter (EF-2000) Ground School and Synthetic Training at the 20th Squadron OCU (Operational Conversion Unit). 
     
    His duties have also included a KFOR assignment (2008-2009) as Chief Air Operation at MNTF-W (Multi-National Task Force West – Pec - Kosovo), Chief Flying Safety Office and Chief Training and Standardization 4th Wing Grosseto (ITAF), Chief Program ASTA (Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids) - Eurofighter Program. 
     
    He has flown mainly as a Navigator / Weapon System Operator in the Air Defence Role with more than 1600 fast jets flying hours, including around 300 combat hours. 
     
    Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 2009 he was seconded as Chief of Italian National Representative at MCCE (Movement Coordination Centre Europe) in Eindhoven (NL) where he took the duty of AAR Staff Officer (2009-2010) and AAR Branch Chief (2010-2013). 
     
    Promoted Colonel, in 2013, he has served at the Air Mobility and Special Forces Command in Rome (2013-2016) as Chief of Weapon Systems Efficiency.
     
    Commander of Brindisi Air Force Base (2016-2018) he has also served in the Air Force Logistic Command as Chief of 1st Office - Planning, Logistics and Infrastructure Organization (2019-2020), as 
    Chief of 4th Office – Standardization (2018-2022) and Chief of Programs/Projects and Quality Office (2018-2022).
     

    Colonel Giuseppe Addessa

    Incoming Commander, 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Giuseppe Addessa

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF)
    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

     Colonel Jurgen van der Biezen started his Air Force career in 1981. After graduating from pilot training in 1985, he flew the NF-5 and F-16 and was assigned as squadron commander and Deputy Base Commander Airbase Volkel.

     
    In 2011, he switched to the Air Transport domain. He was assigned twice to the European Air Transport Command as Head OPS and Functional Division. As of 10 July 2019, he is assigned as the first Commander Multinational MRTT Unit.
     
    Col van der Biezen accumulated some 2,200 hours in the F-16 with a grand total of 4200 flying hours. During summer 2019, he converted to the A330 MRTT.
     

    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Incoming 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

     Colonel Peder Söderström is the Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) Program’s Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) based in Hungary.  He entered service in the Swedish Air Force in 1987. After Basic Flying Training, he was assigned as Fighter pilot at the 41st Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing in Östersund, and ended his service there as Squadron commander where he also served as the Display pilot. After Senior Staff Course and Air Command & Staff College in Alabama, he served in the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters, and was later appointed to the Swedish Defence Material Administration Flight Test Centre as Commander and Gripen Test pilot. He was assigned as Deputy Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing in 2010 and was later deployed to Afghanistan as Director of Staff in the German International Staff of ISAF HQ. He assumed command of the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing in 2014 and was appointed as the HAW Vice Commander in 2019.

    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

    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 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 Jonathan Clow

    Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO ACT
    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

     LCol Jon Clow is a 4000 hour pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Operational flying includes time on fighters and electronic warfare aircraft. He is a SME in the realm of pilot training and pilot training systems. LCol Clow is an A1 Qualified Flying Instructor, led the re-envisioning of the RCAF pilot training system in 2011 and is a former Commandant of 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School. LCol Clow holds an Honours BA in Strategic Studies and a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. His Master’s thesis on pilot training in the Public/Private Partnership contractual environment is published in a book on Defence Resource Management. LCol Clow is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff College and of USAF War College. He has deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT. LCol Clow currently works at the Allied Command Transformation’s Innovation Hub, an organic, agile DevSecOps software factory, in Business Development, and is a NATO-level AIRC2 SME.

    Major Ian Shepard

    Staff Officer, Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre
    Major Ian Shepard

     Major Ian Shepard is a Lessons Learned Staff Officer for the Training and Exercise Division, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Air Command Deployable Air Command and Control Center (DACCC), Poggio Renatico, Italy. In these roles, he assesses and analyses training/ exercise results to ensure that prescribed standards are met, and maintains records of performance. In addition, he also implements lessons learned from analysis of operational performance, real world operations and exercises. Major Shepard is also responsible for teaching Air Operations Assessment for NATO’s Initial Functional Joint Force Air Component Training (IFJT).

     
    Major Shepard began his Air Force career by attending Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Detachment 001, and received his commission in May 2010. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Operations. 
     
    Major Shepard has performed flying missions in all regions of the world including the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands. He has held various unit leadership positions including Flight Commander, Director of Staff, Assistant Operations Officer, Group Evaluations Officer, and Group Chief Executive Officer.
     
    Major Shepard is a senior pilot, having logged more than 2,400 hours in the KC-135R/T Stratotanker, C-130H Hercules, T-1A Jayhawk, and T-6 Texan II. His operational experience includes multiple deployments to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and Kandahar AB, Afghanistan. He has served in major USAF operations including ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. 
     

    Major Walter Boris Palumbo

    Deputy Chief, NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem
    Major Walter Boris Palumbo

    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.

    Matt Kaslik

    Boeing International Business Developement, Boeing
    Matt Kaslik

    Simon Johns

    Vice President Business Development, Embraer Defence & Security
    Simon Johns

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    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Lungarno del Tempio, 44, Florence, Italy

    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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    Leonardo delivers capability that provides military forces globally with timely information superiority, force protection, situational awareness, command and control, weapon systems management, target tracking, coastal surveillance and network communications. Specialising in systems integration, digitalized architectures, combat & battle management systems and multi-sensors, electro-optical fire control systems and infrared search and track (IRST) systems. The breadth of technical expertise allows for the design and manufacturing of flexible, modular and scalable systems that meet any operational requirement on Land. As lead for the UK’s Icarus programme, Leonardo has developed the Modular Integrated Protection System (MIPS) Standard and modular systems approach providing the basis upon which future Active Protection System (APS) solutions can be developed, integrated and evolved to meet the operational need. Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, developing advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms.



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    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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    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Lungarno del Tempio, 44
    Florence 50121
    Italy

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    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.

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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.

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    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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