The US Air Force chief of staff Gen T Michael Moseley spoke at the opening ceremonies for the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, on Monday 24 September. "This is a celebration of being a separate service with a primary mission of flying and fighting and defending our country," Gen Moseley said.
The conference includes a number of professional development forums and discussions surrounding the Air Force's top three priorities - fighting and winning the war on terrorism, developing and caring for airmen, and recapitalising and modernising the aging fleet and equipment.
General Moseley feels airmen have a lot to take away from this year's conference, which saw the attendance of air chiefs from various nations. "There is much to learn just by listening and also by networking with my fellow air chiefs from more than 80 different countries," he said.
The general said that the air chiefs should think about the world of military aviation and space together, and work out how to best deploy and defend the collective securities of their respective nations. More than 2,000 airmen, as well as international civilian and military leaders attended the opening ceremonies.
Some of the key events:
- Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne addressed the conference on the opening day
- Gen Moseley moderated a four-star forum on Tuesday
- Gen Moseley to address the conference on Wednesday afternoon
The conference ends on Wednesday night with the AFA air force anniversary dinner.