AFA Breakfast Series on Capitol Hill
Our recently updated AFA Breakfast Series on Capitol Hill has been a great success. Each event has sold out, and the program’s mission to facilitate communication between Air Force leaders and industry, Airmen, government and the media is ensuring the Air Force voice is heard. In July, AFA was honored to host two distinguished speakers as a part of the series.
First, we heard from General Mike Holmes, Commander, Air Combat Command on July 11. Gen Holmes assured attendees that ACC would point their efforts toward three main areas focusing on rebuilding readiness, building leaders, and bringing the future faster. In order to fulfill this vision, ACC needs help from outside the US Air Force to overcome obstacles in their path. The issues include; a lack of a predictable budget that also gives Air Force leadership the spending flexibility to fit mission requirements, a severe congestion of the security clearance pipeline which has been barring Airmen from being able to work in the field which they were trained, and an absence of jurisdiction to handle incidents involving small unmanned aerial system and to adequately protect the Air Force’s assets. Read the full recap of Gen Holmes’ breakfast in AFA’s Air Force Magazine.
On July 26, AFA hosted General Dave Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Gen Goldfein spoke before another sold-out audience on his priorities as Chief, again focusing on readiness, advancing technology and ensuring the Air Force is prepared for the future. Gen Goldfein proudly stated that the United States’ “greatest strategic and asymmetric advantage” are our alliances, which is something US adversaries lack. When asked to comment on Congress’ proposed Space Corps, Gen Goldfein noted that both the Air Force and Congress all want to reach the same goal – to maintain dominance in air and space – but simply need to evaluate the best way to do so. Read more about Gen Goldfein’s breakfast in AFA’s Air Force Magazine.
Upcoming Breakfast Series
We hope you will join us for the next AFA Breakfast Series on Capitol Hill on October 18, 2017 with General Lori Robinson, Commander, USNORTHCOM and General Darren McDew, Commander, USTRANSCOM in November (date to be determined).
Thank You to Our Sponsors
A special thank you to our AFA Breakfast Series sponsors: Aurora Flight Sciences, General Dynamics, Harris Corp., Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Pratt & Whitney, The Roosevelt Group and SAAB.
The Breakfast Series is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to meet, greet and listen to senior Air Force decision makers. Unique sponsorship opportunities are available for these events. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Fred Ullman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-247-5842.