Airlift/Tanker Association

2014 Convention and Symposium Information

The 2014 Airlift/Tanker Convention and Symposium was a resounding success. We had over 2140 attendees including exhibitors and speakers. Next year ORLANDO!! LOG IN to get a substitute receipt.


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2014 Symposium Schedule/Agenda

This year's Airlift/Tanker Association Annual convention will be Wednesday and Thursday, October 29 - 30. Starting earlier this year at 1800, the A/TA and Air Mobility Command Symposium will continue Thursday, concurrently with the A/TA Air Mobility Technology Exposition, 30 October through Sunday, 2 November, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, TN.

You can see a 2014 block diagram, a generic overview, or download the 2014 schedule (when available), and, you can view the 2014 Exhibit Hall hours (when available).

If you want to propose topics, or have a schedule question, please contact the Symposium Chairman, Jeff Bigelow.

Please see links tab at left for Convention Logos.

US Government-funded Attendees--Please Click Here

All (seriously, only and ALL) USAF attendees from any Command, traveling on USAF-funded orders are required to have an AMC/CCX Registration Permission Code to register. Please note: this code has nothing, repeat, nothing to do with your orders. (Otherwise-funded registrants from non-USAF services/agencies, as well as unfunded registrants, e.g., PTDY, do not need an authorization number.) There are plenty of slots available. Air Force please call AMC/CCX (618-229-1757 or us (703-385-2802) to get one.

This variously named code must be entered on the signup page of the registration website prior to selecting your registration options. If you do not have a code, contact your unit or amc.amc.ccx-ata@us.af.mil or call 618-229-1757 (DSN 779). Again, this concerns only and all AF military and AF civil service; no contractors of any type may use one of these codes for any reason.

At AMC's request, AFPC determined that Commanders have the authority to approve up to 10 days permissive temporary duty (PTDY) status for Airmen to attend the 2014 A/TA – AMC Symposium in Nashville, TN based on the guidance outlined in AFI 36-3003 Military Leave Program, Table 7, Rule 14. Specifically, this applies to Airmen who would attend beyond the 1,500 authorized by USecAF, provided they are not participating in supporting or execution of the events.

Anyone may become a member and register at the cheaper member rate. Note: If you ARE Air Force and not AMC, you may wish to make your requirements known to AMC at the above number immediately.

Warning: Opting out of the banquet means you are also opting out of all Saturday evening activities -- including the pre-banquet reception, the banquet itself, and the hospitality suites afterward. Although not a requirement, AMC has designated the Banquet as a Service-Dress event that you may not want to miss. Please consider that the evening is fun, full of camaraderie, and historically worth your time – and the cost above your per diem allowance is negligible. You can put it on your GTC and not claim it, or put it on a separate card.”

From “DotMil” sites only, see what AMC is saying about Government support on their AMC web site https://private.amc.af.mil/cc/ATA/ATA.htm

Questions/Problems? Email amc.amc.ccx-ata@us.af.mil (Yes, it's "amc.amc.")

Rooms Reservations

A/TA itself does not limit convention participation. Nor is there any shortage of rooms, despite any appearance of a local "quota." If you can and want to attend, you may attend, and A/TA will take care of you.

Please see our Rooms ROE top tab above for detailed procedures. If you have any questions, please email OUR ROOMS POC at atarooms@cox.net.

Each Exhibiting company should have a room POC that individuals should contact for rooms If you do not have a room reservation POC, contact atarooms@cox.net

DO NOT negotiate individual or independent group contracts with hotels. You may be contacted by a third party offering a reduced room rate for this year’s event. These groups have NO standing with A/TA or any of the hotels. We STRONGLY recommend you do not use these third parties to secure room reservations. Independent contracts create a personal liability for YOU, the signer. The A/TA will have no ability to help YOU out of that liability! You may forfeit A/TA transportation help as well.

Arrival Recommendations

Check Marriott's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center site for hotel services and directions. (Do not attempt reservations on the hotel site; see rooms quidance above.)

Please schedule all transportation (especially mil air if approved) to arrive as early in the day as possible to allow picking up the registration materials. Please see Local Airport Transportation Suggestions.

Please expect security to be strident on every leg of your trip, including convention registration. Plan to arrive early and pick up your registration materials before you even check into your hotel, if possible. Registration will open Wednesday afternoon to accommodate the more lengthy registration procedures anticipated again this year. Help keep us safe!

**Have your photo ID ready**

All registration volunteers attend the opening reception (so far scheduled to start at 1900); you may be delayed if you have not completed your registration prior to 1845.

Suggest you do bring a social guest/spouse

Social guests attend at the registrant’s rate. Adding only costs you the registration fee. All guests must pay for any event, no matter how “short” the intended visit. (This includes guests accompanying you to the hospitality suites). There are no "free" or "reduced-rate" options for children of any age. If you have already registered or have more than one guest, just call us with your additions: (703) 385-2802. There is always room for another guest.

Banquet, Golf, and Crud

Banquet ROE

This year, banquet seating will be managed individually vice by POC. Every attempt will be made to automatically assign you and your guest(s) a seat near others in your chapter area (if you have one), or in accordance with your request indicated on your registration input. VIPs, award winners and such will be managed individually. Please contact the banquet coordinator Bob Ford with any questions. You can still call us to add your guest for just the banquet or everything.

Dietary Restrictions such as vegan or gluten-free can usually be accommodated by the hotel -- but at the banquet only. At the banquet itself, ask your server for the appropriate meal. Please allow us to give the hotel a "heads up" by advising us at: diet@atalink.org


Golf

The 2014 A/TA golf tournament will take place on Thursday morning, 30 October at the Gaylord Springs golf course at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention center. Register for golf online when you register for the convention. (You can register for golf only.) The tournament will be a shotgun start scheduled at 8:00AM based on a select-shot format. Sign-in at the course will begin at 7:00AM. The cost of the tournament is only $125 which includes morning coffee, lunch and prizes. Course location, foursome and hole assignments will be posted at the A/TA registration desk Wednesday afternoon. Corporate sponsors are sought to support the golf tournament with either give-away logo items for the ditty bags, one for each golfer, or team (four items), individual prizes, or cash donations to purchase prizes. Please email the Golf volunteers at golf@atalink.org to coordinate your support.


CRUD

We had a great 2014 tournament!

We had ten teams this year, with players ranging from E-1 to O-8. It was a great two-night event with the USAF Expeditionary Center leadership battling it out against the ASAM class of 2015. Providing more than a little mentorship, it took a two-game series for the students to send their mentors back to JB MDL with a second place finish. With ASAM Class 2015 taking home the trophy for the first time ever, we are looking forward to seeing if ASAM 2016 has the skill to repeat their classmates feat in 2015 in Orlando....

Check out 2014 CRUD rules to get ahead of the 2015 game!!

Future Convention Dates

Year

Dates

Location

2015
 
29 October - 1 November
 
Marriott World Center, Orlando
 
2016
 
27 October - 30 October
 
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville
 
2017 - 20
 
Under Contract
 
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Note: Convention Start Dates historically have ended up Oct 31 plus or minus a week or so. While nothing is "guaranteed," that bracket is a reasonable aim point.

(Please understand that changing these dates from being over Halloween is not financially achievable.)

Please click the top-tab, Registration Instructions, to see specific instructions.