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The SMi Group is delighted to announce the 13th annual Air Mission Planning and Support conference, taking place on the 6th - 7th April 2022 in London, United Kingdom.

Operating in the information warfare age brings its own unique opportunities and challenges, as nations seek to enhance air power, while guarding against potential vulnerabilities and managing unprecedented volumes of data. This meeting will provide a stage to discuss new and innovative systems, and efforts to upgrade, modernise and improve existing platforms, as allied air forces continue to seek the operational edge.

Topics discussed include: (pre)flight data management, multi-domain command and control, operating in a degraded environment, 5th generation integration and many  more...

 

  • A unique opportunity to engage with key senior leaders, strategic planners and operators, from host nation and international air forces from around the world
  • Examine the latest developments in air mission planning, with a truly holistic event providing briefs covering fast-jet, heavy-lift and rotary perspectives, from advanced tactical simulators to the operator's view
  • Listen to detailed updates on topics such as; fifth generation integration, multi-domain command and control, data-management considerations, and more
  • Benefit from unrivalled networking opportunities, as senior personnel from the military, government, and industry come together to discuss the future challenges, technologies and solutions across the world

13th ASOS, US Air Force; ABS; AFMC; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Defence and Space GmbH; Airbus Defence and Space Ltd; Airbus Services - Government Communications; Australian High Commission; BAE SYSTEMS; BAE Systems / ES; BAE systems electronics systems; Booz Allen Hamilton; DELL; ERC Inc; F-35 Joint Program Office; F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office; F-35 Lightning II Program Office; French Air Force; German Air Force; Hellenic Air Force Veterans Association; Inzpire Ltd.; Jane’s by IHS Markit ; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Uk (Uk); National Air and Space Operations Centre, Royal Air Force; NATO ; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; RAF; RAF Centre for Air Power Studies; RAF Marham; Royal Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; Saab AB; Saab Aeronautics; Systematic A/S; TriCIS Ltd; UAE Military Attache Office; UK MoD; US Air Force; USAF;

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley

Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley, Independent Consultant & Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command
View Bio

9:00 Maintaining and Improving Operational Capacity For the F-35 Lighting II during Maritime Air Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty, Lighting SO1 Ops and Training, Combat Air Force Headquarters, RAF
View Bio

  • The current and future challenges sustaining the RAF’s F-35’s operations
  • Optimising support, planning and logistical requirements
  • Integrating commercial and allied capabilities
  • 9:30 The SEEK EAGLE Program - Providing Advanced War Winning Capability from Weapon Planning through Weapon Delivery

    Colonel David  F. Radomski

    Colonel David F. Radomski, Director Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office , United States Air Force
    View Bio

  • Update on developments within the Seek Eagle program with respect to mission planning
  • Description of mission planning’s role in the aircraft store compatibility process and the role critical data plays in the process
  • Walkthrough and demonstrations of key SEEK EAGLE software products and the benefits they bring to the warfighter
     
  • 10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Continuing to Improve upon Existing Data Sharing Capabilities: Strength through Diversity in Air Combat Fleets

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wemyss

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wemyss, Chief, Air Combat Command AOC/AFFOR Branch , ACC/A3CO, United States Air Force
    View Bio

  • The challenges of ensuring fluid information exchange across platforms and domains
  • Update on the work of USAF ACC in integrating the space domain into joint warfighting operations and mission planning
  • Consistently improving command and control chains through greater automation and a change in doctrine to adapt to emerging technology
     
  • 11:30 The push to modernize Mission Planning for 21st Century conflict(s); effective/efficient software modernization to enhance Warfighter capability in a ‘High End Conflict’

    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Mr Kenneth L Kash, Materiel Leader Combat Air Forces , Airspace Mission Planning Division, United States Air Force
    View Bio

  • The importance to mission planning of the movement of data
  • Efficiently delivering information and data to operators
  • Considerations of connectivity and interoperability in multi-domain operations
     
  • 12:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 C2 Resilience and Connectivity – Identifying Current and Future Strategic Priorities for the Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Freek van Heck

    Lieutenant Colonel Freek van Heck, Section Head Air Command and Control/ C4ISR, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    View Bio

  • Analysing the current capability gaps and risks to the RNAF’s in the information age
  • Exploring new ways of working for 5th generation C2 and ISR doctrine: Exploiting the F35’s capabilities
  • Optimising current tactics, techniques, and procedures to streamline air mission planning and ISR operations in contested, degraded and operationally limited (CDO) environment
     
  • 14:00 Building Resilient Command & Control through Human-AI Pairing

    Major Ray Reeves

    Major Ray Reeves, Tactical Air Control Party Officer, U.S. Space Command
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  • Importance of AI in Great Power Competition
  • Role of AI in C2
  • Innovation in human-AI pairing
  • 14:30 Multinational Command and Control and Joint Mission Planning for the Heavy Airlift Wing

    Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wood

    Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wood, C2 Squadron Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing, USAF
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    • The mission of the Heavy Airlift Wing in providing a strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) to participating nations
    • The challenges of mission planning for multinational taskings
    • Lessons learned and successes from the Kabul Airlift operation this Summer
     

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Innovating Air to Air Refuelling Mission Planning: JIGSAW Software and the Lessons Learnt

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow, Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO Allied Command Transformation

  • 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
  • 16:00 The Challenges of Mission Planning and C2 in The Context of Interoperability with NATO Partners

    Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Ruksnaitis

    Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Ruksnaitis, Head of Air Ops, Current Operations A3, Lithuanian Air Force
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  • Current commitments of the Lithuanian Airforce including the NATO Air Policing
    Mission
  • The challenges to C2 and joint mission planning in the context of interoperability
  • Regional Cooperation to ensure the effective defence of Lithuanian airspace
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley, Independent Consultant & Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command
    View Bio

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley, Independent Consultant & Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command
    View Bio

    9:00 The Work of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre in Ensuring NATO Air Power Remains Agile and Ready to Respond

    Air Commodore Paul Herber

    Air Commodore Paul Herber, Assistant Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre
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  • Overview of the work of the JAPCC, focusing on mission planning, logistics
    and operations
  • The importance of Synchronisation of
    Air Mission Planning systems and operational doctrine across domains
  • The challenges posed by ‘big data’ and its effect on C2
  • 9:30 A Fighters Perspective: Ensuring Combat-Ready Mission Planning and Support for Operational Font-Line Squadrons

  • Looking forward to integrating the 5th generation F35A Aircraft into operations at Lakenheath
  • Advances in joint air-mission planning doctrine and technology
  • Challenges and considerations of working closely with partner nations, NATO, the UK and further afield
     
  • Colonel Sean E. Lowe

    Colonel Sean E. Lowe, Commander 48th Operations Group, USAF – RAF Lakenheath
    View Bio

    Colonel Jason  A Camilletti

    Colonel Jason A Camilletti, Wing Commander, 48th Fighter Wing, USAF - RAF Lakenheath
    View Bio

    10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Maintaining and Enhancing RCAF’s Surveillance, Identification, and Aerospace Control Capability

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle, Commander of 22 Wing / Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force
    View Bio

  • Update from 22nd Wing on efforts to adopt sophisticated data processing capabilities, and integrate AI enabled technologies
  • Achieving the more complete operating picture through ever-more comprehensive sensor network 
  • Importance of maintaining the gold standard of dynamic training and simulation for optimising performance of personnel
     
  • 11:30 Training, Planning and Modernisation within the HDF’s Fixed Wing & Rotary Forces

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Hungarian Air Force , Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)

  • Overview of the future goals of the Hungarian Defence Forces mission planning capabilities and the actions taken to achieve these
  • Giving the Hungarian Rotary Forces the competitive edge: Progress made in integrating and adapting to the H145M platform
  • Utilising advances in training techniques to fully prepare pilots for operational missions
     
  • 12:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Advanced and Intimate Logistical and Personnel Support for Joint NATO Operations

    SFC: Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    SFC: Colonel Giovanni Luongo, 3rd WING Air Logistics Support Commander, Italian Air Force
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  • How to place the emphasis on developing strategic logistical capabilities in support of joint operations
  • Updates from the Storm Deployable Airbase Activation Modules (DAAM) programme as part of the wider agile NATO deployable air force
  • Predictions for the future: How doctrine and procedures are evolving to facilitate 5th generation aircraft and beyond
     
  • 14:00 Military-Industry Panel: Overcoming the Challenges of Multi-Domain Mission Planning

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley, Independent Consultant & Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command
    View Bio

    Participants TBC  

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Delivering Upgraded Mission Planning & Battle Management Systems to Sustain NATO’s E-3A Fleet

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley, Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)
    View Bio

  • Update and overview of the FELP programme
  • Delivering new software for mission planning (DMPDS)
  • Streamlining mission display software and improving the user experience for system operators
     
  • 16:00 Considerations and Challenges for Mission Planners in the Complex and Multi-Domain Modern Battlespace

    Dr David Jordan

    Dr David Jordan, Director, Freeman Air & Space Institute, King’s College London
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  • The unique challenges of incorporating the space domain into mission planning doctrine
  • An outside view of the obstacles of maritime airborne operations
  • How mission planners can harness new and emerging technology to overcome the issues of big data management
     
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley, Independent Consultant & Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command
    View Bio

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel David  F. Radomski

    Colonel David F. Radomski

    Director Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office , United States Air Force
    Colonel Jason  A Camilletti

    Colonel Jason A Camilletti

    Wing Commander, 48th Fighter Wing, USAF - RAF Lakenheath
    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Commander of 22 Wing / Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Colonel Sean E. Lowe

    Colonel Sean E. Lowe

    Commander 48th Operations Group, USAF – RAF Lakenheath
    Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wood

    Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wood

    C2 Squadron Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing, USAF
    Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Ruksnaitis

    Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Ruksnaitis

    Head of Air Ops, Current Operations A3, Lithuanian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Freek van Heck

    Lieutenant Colonel Freek van Heck

    Section Head Air Command and Control/ C4ISR, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)
    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO Allied Command Transformation
    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wemyss

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wemyss

    Chief, Air Combat Command AOC/AFFOR Branch , ACC/A3CO, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

    Lighting SO1 Ops and Training, Combat Air Force Headquarters, RAF
    Major Ray Reeves

    Major Ray Reeves

    Tactical Air Control Party Officer, U.S. Space Command
    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Materiel Leader Combat Air Forces , Airspace Mission Planning Division, United States Air Force
    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative

    Hungarian Air Force , Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)

    Air Commodore Paul Herber

    Assistant Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre
    Air Commodore Paul Herber

    Air Commodore Paul Herber started his military career as a conscript in 1985 as a Battery Control Officer, Short Range Air Defence. For six years he held a variety of positions in Ground Based Air Defence (Flycatcher, HAWK) at Volkel Air Base at squadron level. As a captain, he then completed an extensive list of trainings and diversified his specialties. Consequently, his career swiftly changed to Planning and Control, and he became Chief of ICT Policy and Business Administration at Soesterberg Air Force Base, the Netherlands.

    In 2003, he was sent on a tour as helicopter detachment commander in Bosnia. Upon completion of the tour, he worked for two years at Royal Netherlands Air Force Headquarters in the Hague in the department of Policy and Plans. As a major, he completed the Higher Staff Course at the Netherlands Defence Academy. He was then appointed Chief of Staff at Volkel Air Force Base. In a way, this was his home base as he returned many times in different positions to lead at Volkel Air Force Base.

    He was appointed as Chief of Staff at the Netherlands Defence Academy in 2009. To Colonel Herber, this was one of the most inspiring and vibrant environments he experienced within his Defence positions. After spending three years at the academy, he was transferred to the Defence Staff in the Hague as Chief of Staff CFO at the Ministry of Defence. Soon thereafter he was appointed as Commander of the Netherlands Defence Security Organization, leading more than 1,600 employees until August 31, 2017. It was during this period that the colonel completed his Senior and Higher Senior Management Course.

    On September 1, 2017, Paul Herber was promoted to Air Commodore and appointed Netherlands Defence Attaché to the United States of America at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C. In September 2021 he was appointed as Assistant Director Joint Air Power Competence Centre at Kalkar Germany.

    Air Commodore Paul Herber is a sportsman, but terrible at golf. Still, he remains optimistic that he can lower his handicap while in Germany. He is married to Diana, and they have two daughters who reside in the Netherlands.
     

    Colonel David F. Radomski

    Director Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office , United States Air Force
    Colonel David  F. Radomski

    Colonel David F. Radomski is the Director, Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office, 96th Test Wing, Air Force Test Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He directs a staff of over 190 military, civilian and contractors and is responsible for a future year defense program (FYDP) budget of nearly $230M. The SEEK EAGLE Office is the U.S. Air Force Center of Excellence for aircraft-store compatibility and is responsible for certification recommendations for all weapons (conventional and

    nuclear), deployable countermeasures, suspension equipment, fuel tanks, and other external stores for the Combat Air Forces. The SEEK EAGLE Office applies the integrated use of digital modeling, simulation, and test to verify compatibility and to provide updates to flight publications and aircraft operating systems. In addition, the SEEK EAGLE Office develops and maintains critical weapons delivery software for the Department of Defense and its international partners.

    Colonel Radomski began his active duty career with Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB, Calif., in 1992. He is a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served operational tours as a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-111F at Cannon AFB, N.M., and the F-15E at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. While at RAF Lakenheath, Colonel Radomski qualified as an Instructor WSO and a US/NATO mission commander, flying combat sorties in both Iraq and the Balkans. He also served as an instructor at Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola, Fla., before being selected for USAF Test Pilot School. Colonel Radomski graduated from the school as an experimental flight test navigator in 2001. He then served in flight test operations at both Edwards AFB, Calif., and Eglin AFB, Fla., as well as in the Counter-Air Joint Systems Program Office as the Chief of Test. He also served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisitions) at the Pentagon before returning to Eglin AFB, Fla., as the Deputy Commander of the 46th Operations Group and the Commander of the 46th Operations Support Squadron. Colonel Radomski then served overseas on joint staffs at Headquarters, NATO Allied Force Command, Madrid, Spain, and

    Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan. Colonel Radomski also served as the Deputy Director, International Training and Education, in the Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Before returning to Eglin, Colonel Radomski served as the Vice Commander of the 412th Test Wing, Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. where he oversaw developmental test and evaluation of air, space and cyber systems.

    Prior to this assignment, Colonel Radomski served as the Commander of Detachment 2, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla

    Colonel Jason A Camilletti

    Wing Commander, 48th Fighter Wing, USAF - RAF Lakenheath
    Colonel Jason  A Camilletti

    Colonel Jason A. Camilletti is the Commander of the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, the only wing in the Air Force with an official name, the “Statue of Liberty Wing.” As the largest U.S. fighter operation in Europe, the 48th Fighter Wing is always ready to respond across the spectrum of conflict and employs three combat ready squadrons of F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles. Significantly increasing its current fighter inventory by 2024, the Wing is also preparing for the arrival of its first F-35A Lightning II in late 2021.

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Commander of 22 Wing / Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Colonel Lachapelle enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in North Bay on 18 June 1998 and thereafter attended the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. In October 2002, he commenced his Aerospace Controller (AEC) training at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations (CFSACO) and then proceeded to 22 Wing North Bay to complete the final phase of his training with 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron. Once qualified, he was posted to 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron (21 AC&W Sqn) at 22 Wing as both a Weapons Director (WD) and a Senior Director (SD). In 2005, he moved to Geilenkirchen, Germany, to serve with both 1 Sqn and 2 Sqn at the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) Force E3A Component. During that time he was upgraded to instructor and evaluator gaining over 1200 hours of flying time.

    Col Lachapelle returned to Canada in 2009 and was posted to the Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM) as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander. Upon promotion to Major, in 2010, he was selected to attend the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. After completing Staff College in 2011, he commanded 12 Radar Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville for two years. In 2013, he was posted to Ottawa where he served as the executive assistant to the Deputy Commander of the RCAF and was subsequently promoted to LCol in June 2014 serving in the Directorate of Air Force Readiness and Plans within the Air Staff. On July 7th, 2016, he assumed command of 21 AC&W Sqn as both the Sqn Commander and Director of Operations for the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS). He was posted to the Chief of Force Development in the summer of 2018 as the RCAF Representative to the Targeting Capability Implementation Team (TCIT) as was promoted to his current rank of Col in June 2019.

    On 12 July 2019, Col Lachapelle assumed Command of 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay.

    Col Lachapelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics as well as a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Land Command and Staff College in Kingston, and the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

    He is a hockey enthusiast and an avid golfer. Him and his wife Roisin enjoy travelling the world together.


     

    Colonel Sean E. Lowe

    Commander 48th Operations Group, USAF – RAF Lakenheath
    Colonel Sean E. Lowe

    Colonel Sean E. Lowe is the Commander of the 48th Operations Group, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. He is responsible for four combat-ready F-15 and F-35 fighter squadrons, an operational support squadron, and 400 personnel capable of providing worldwide aerial dominance in support of war plans and contingency operations for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces in Africa, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, and NATO. Prior to this assignment, Colonel Lowe was the Chief of Strategy and Plans for U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart Germany.

    Dr David Jordan

    Director, Freeman Air & Space Institute, King’s College London
    Dr David Jordan

    Dr David Jordan is the Co-Director of the Freeman Air & Space Institute, King’s College London. He joined King’s Defence Studies Department in 2000 and has been teaching at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is a Director of the RAF Centre for Air & Space Power studies, part of the Executive Editorial Board of RAF Air & Space Power Review, and a member of the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air Power Workshop.

    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley

    Independent Consultant & Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command
    Group Captain (ret.) Bob Daisley

    Robert served in the RAF for over 30 years; he accrued broad experience as an air operations officer in the UK and overseas. Robert’s last full-time appointment was as a group captain at the Development, Concept and Doctrine Centre, Shrivenham.

    He now fulfils a Reservist role within the HQ Air staff. Robert has worked as a defence consultant since 2017, specialising in command and control. He presently leads QinetiQ’s support to the Army’s Ground Based Air Defence Programme. Robert is also a Judiciary Service Member of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber.

    Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wood

    C2 Squadron Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing, USAF
    Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wood

    Lt Col Benjamin Wood is the Commander of the C2 Squadron, Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa AB, Hungary. In this position, he commands personnel from 12 nations in the world’s only multinational airlift organization.

    During the summer of 2021 he was the Detachment Commander for the HAW’s first ever staging operation to facilitate the organized withdrawal of partner nation’s military forces from Afghanistan, and was the Lead Planner and Mission Commander for the HAW’s Kabul NEO.

    He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 4,300 flying hours in the C-17A.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Ruksnaitis

    Head of Air Ops, Current Operations A3, Lithuanian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Ruksnaitis

    PLACE OF BIRTH Jurbarkas, Lithuania.
    FAMILY Married, has a daughter and a son.
    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

    Engineer - Pilot.
    2002 Certified Engineer - Pilot, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
    Antanas Gustaitis Aviation Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania;
    2002 Platoon commander courses, Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy,
    Lithuania;
    2014 Junior Staff Officer courses, Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy,
    Lithuania;
    2019 Joint Command and General Staff Course, Baltic Defense College,
    Tartu, Estonia.
     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    2003-2005 Helicopter Pilot, Air Force Second Aviation Base;
    2005-2011 Senior Helicopter Pilot, Air Force Second Aviation Base;
    2011-2015 Link commander, Air Force Base;
    2015-2017 Helicopter Squadron commander, Air Force Base;
    2018-2019 Chief of operations planning, S3 Air Force Headquarters;
    Since 2020 Head of Ops A3 at Lithuanian air force HQ.


    PROMOTIONS:
    2002 Second Lieutenant
    2005 First Lieutenant
    2008 Captain
    2015 Major
    2020 Lieutenant Colonel


    PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS:
    2013 09 14 – 2014 04 28 Air Advisory Team, Nato‘s International Security Assistance Force
    in Kandahar, Afghanistan.


    FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
    Qualification: Helicopter pilot.
    Flying hours: 2200 h (over 100 h in combat conditions).
    Types flown: Cessna-172, Cessna-152, C310Q, Mi-8, Mi-17.


    AWARDS AND DECORATIONS INCLUDE:
    2020 Lithuanian military aviation badge "Steel Wings"
    2014 The Defence System International Operations Medal
    2004 Lithuanian Air Forces Medal "For Distinction"
     

    FOREIGN LANGUAGES:
    English, Russian.

    Lieutenant Colonel Freek van Heck

    Section Head Air Command and Control/ C4ISR, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Freek van Heck

    LtCol van Heck is the Section Head AirC2, responsible for future plans and concepts of operations regarding AirC2 in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He has a Fighter Control background, with his most recent operational position being the Commander of the Dutch Datalink Management Cell. His most recent deployment was to the Air Operations Centre in Al Udeid, Qatar.

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)
    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Military Career
    1995 - 1996
    LAR 2, Budel/NL Conscript, Boot Camp Training, later Drill Instructor Enlisted – Officer Candidate
    1996 – 1997
    OSLw Fürstenfeldbruck Officer Course of the Air Force Junior Officer Candidate
    1997 – 1999
    UniBw München Study at the University of the Federal Armed Forces; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Senior Officer Candidate
    1999 - 2003
    V./TSLw 2 Erndtebrück Intercept/Fighter Controller and Track Production Officer at Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) Erndtebrück Senior Officer Candidate - 1st Lt (OF-1)
    2003 - 2004
    NATO E3A Component Geilenkirchen Surveillance Controller E3A
    (3. SQ and Training Wing), assisting the buildup and execution of the Tactical Data Link (TDL) Course at Training Wing OF-1
    2004 - 2008
    LwFüKdo (GAFCOM) Köln General Project Officer for TDL of GAFCOM, GAF Project Advisor/Consultant for TDL projects of GAF namely: EF2000, GIADS III (L16 Study), Patriot, Tornado (ASTA 3), A400M, A310 MRTT, NH-90 CSAR (Study), MEADS, ACCS, SAMOC, HERGIS, L16 FNL, EUROHAWK (Study), CSI/IIP, NBS-CRAM (Study)
    GAF Representative in the respective TDL NATO group, Data Link Working Group (DLWG) OF-1 - OF-2
    2008 - 2010
    EinsFüBer 3
    EinsGrp verlegefähig Holzdorf/Schönewalde Track Production Officer at the DEU Deployable CRC (DCRC), as well as Interface Control Officer (ICO) for Link 16 operations of DCRC and Project Officer for the Training and Preparation Program in order to prepare the DCRC for NRF Certification OF-2
    2010 - 2010
    EinsFüBer 2 Stab, Erndtebrück Master Controller at CRC Erndtebrück and Supporting Officer for the fielding of GIADS III at the CRC (as replacement to ARKONA) OF-2
    2010 - 2019
    DDO/DtA CAOC UEDEM Branch Head DEU ACCS Implementation Office and principal Liaison Officer between DEU Procurement Office, NATO and DEU AF for the ACCS fielding of CAOC and DCAOC Uedem
    DEU representative in the NATO LCCB (Lifecycle Configuration Control Board), executing specific governance over all NATO commonly funded AIRC2 systems, namely ACCS, AirC2IS, ICC, MASE, ITC, ISP, NISP, JTS/FAST, ASDE (now ALF Link 1), ASIM, JCHAT and NIRIS
    DEU AF representative in the NATO LSSC (Lifecycle System Support Committee) for the above mentioned systems OF-2 - OF-4
    2019 - today
    NAPMA Executive Officer to the General Manager A-4 (OF-4 seconded)

     

     

     


    Military Training Courses

    2011 - Joint Air Defense Officer (JADO), DEU GBAD School, El Paso, USA
    2010 - Master Controller License, TACCS 2, Erndtebrück
    2009 - Staff Officers Course, Federal Armed Forces Academy, Hamburg
    2008 - Surface to Air Missile Controller License, TACCS 2, Erndtebrück
    2004 - Surveillance Controller Course, NATO E3 A Component, Geilenkirchen
    2003 - Sea Survival Course, Naval School, Bremerhaven
    2003 - Land Survival Course, Paratroopers School, Altenstadt
    2002 - NBC/CBRN Officers Course, CBRN School, Sonthofen
    2002 - Track Production Officer License, TACCS 2, Erndtebrück
    2001 - Fighter Controller License, TACCS 2, Erndtebrück
    1997 - Officers Patent, DEU Air Force Officer School, Fürstenfeldbruck

    Medals and Awards

    Federal Armed Forces Cross of Honor (Silver) / Ehrenkreuz der Bw (Silber) 12.09.2012 Best of the Air Force Award / Bestpreis Inspekteur Lw (Einzelauszeichnung) 3/2015

    Private

    Born 23.10.1975, Amberg/Oberpfalz, Bavaria
    Raised until joining the military Forces (1979-1995) in Empfingen, Württemberg Married since 2005, 2 daughters (2014 und 2016)
    Resident in Stolberg/Werth, North Rhine Westphalia

     


     

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO Allied Command Transformation
    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wemyss

    Chief, Air Combat Command AOC/AFFOR Branch , ACC/A3CO, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wemyss

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wemyss is the Branch Chief for Air Combat Command’s Air Operations Center (AOC) and Air Forces (AFFOR) Staff Branch. He is responsible for administration of operations, training, and programs associated with the AOCs and AFFOR Staffs. Prior to his current assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Wemyss served as the Commander of the 552d Training Support Squadron under the 552d Air Control Wing. He is a Master Air Battle Manager with more than 2,000 hours on the E-3 Sentry.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

    Lighting SO1 Ops and Training, Combat Air Force Headquarters, RAF
    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

    Lt Col Carty began his Royal Marines career as a Rifle Troop Commander before specialising as a pilot and qualifying on the Harrier GR9. He flew combat sorties in Afghanistan and participated in several carrier detachments in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and ARK ROYAL. He was selected for an overseas exchange with the US Marine Corps and saw combat in Iraq and Syria flying the AV-8B. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has instructed on the Hawk T2. Lt Col Carty has an MSc in Aerospace Systems and has previously worked in the Air Warfare Centre developing F-35 doctrine and concepts.

     

    Major Ray Reeves

    Tactical Air Control Party Officer, U.S. Space Command
    Major Ray Reeves

    MAJOR BILLY “RAY” REEVES

    Major Billy R. Reeves is the Deputy Director of the Strategic Initiatives Group, United States Space Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is responsible for overseeing strategic initiatives across the combatant command to help ensure the command can conduct operations in, from, and to space to deter conflict, and if necessary, defeat aggression, deliver space combat power to the Joint/Combined force, and defend U.S. vital interest with allies and partners.

    Born in Laurel, Mississippi, Major Reeves earned his commission through the Reserved Officer Training Command, Detachment 432, at the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree from Troy University. As a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Officer, Major Reeves has served in a variety of operational positions from leading small teams to being the assistant director of operations for a 150 member squadron. He is a qualified Joint Terminal Attack Controller instructor and evaluator with two combat deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

    EDUCATION
    2011 Bachelor of Science, Geography, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
    2015 Masters of Science in International Relations, Troy University, Troy, AL
    2017 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

    ASSIGNMENTS
    1. May 2011 - Jun 2014, Chief of Training, 15th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Stewart, GA
    2. Jun 2014 - May 2015, ALOQC Instructor / JTAC, 6th Combat Training Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
    3. May 2015 - Sep 2015, Chief of Weapons & Tactics / JTAC, 6th Combat Training Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
    4. Sep 2015 - Sep 2016, Chief of Weapons & Tactics / JTAC-I, 607th Air Support Operations Group, Osan AB, Korea
    5. Sep 2016 - Jun 2017, Executive Officer / JTAC Evaluator, 607th Air Support Operations Group, Osan AB, Korea
    6. Jun 2017 - Jun 2019, Flight Commander / JTAC Evaluator, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Carson, CO
    7. Jun 2019 - May 2020, Asst Director of Ops / JTAC Evaluator, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Carson, CO
    8. May 2020 – Sep 2021, Executive Officer to the Commander, U.S. Space Command, Peterson SFB, CO
    9. Sep 2021 - Present, Deputy Director of the Strategic Initiatives Group, U.S. Space Command, Peterson SFB, CO

    MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
    Bronze Star Medal
    Meritorious Service Medal
    Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
    Army Commendation Medal

    OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
    2018 Company Grade Officer of the Year, Air Combat Command
    2018 Tactical Air Control Party Officer of the Year, Headquarters Air Force

    EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
    Second Lieutenant, 25 May 2011
    First Lieutenant, 25 May 2013
    Captain, 25 May 2015
    Major, 01 Nov 2020

    (Current as of Oct 2021)
     

    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Materiel Leader Combat Air Forces , Airspace Mission Planning Division, United States Air Force
    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Kenneth L. Kash is the Chief Combat Air Forces (CAF) Mission Planning Branch, Airspace Mission Planning Division, Hanscom AFB Massachusetts, under the Program Executive Officer for Battle Management. Mr Kash is responsible for the development, modernization, and sustainment of Joint Mission Planning Software (JMPS) and Weapons Planning software for all USAF Fighter and Bomber platforms, managing a portfolio over $300 million.


    Mr. Kash entered the Air Force in 1978 serving in a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility at squadron, wing, major command, and NATO HQ. At the staff level, Mr. Kash had been responsible for executive support to various senior level general officers both US and International. He served as the Military Assistant to the Director Communications Division, Supreme Allied Powers Europe, was the executive officer to the Commander Allied Air Forces Southern Europe/16th Air Force, Aviano AB Italy, and USAF Support Commander NATO Operations (IFOR) in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Prior to military retirement in Sep 1999, Mr. Kash was the Program Director for the Royal Saudi Air Force PEACE SHIELD System (ground C2 system) at Hanscom AFB MA.


    Mr. Kash has over 40 years of military and civilian experience of program and contract management for Defense Business Systems and Major Weapon Systems that include US and NATO AWACS, command and control ground systems (C2), and Mission Planning software for USAF fighter and Bomber platforms.

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    SFC: Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    3rd WING Air Logistics Support Commander, Italian Air Force
    SFC: Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    Colonel Giovanni Luongo is presently the Italian Air Force 3rd Wing Commander. He was previously Branch Head “Logistics and Infrastructure” at the Air Force General Staff, after an International assignment as Program Manager of the NATO Operations Logistic Chain Management Programme at the NATO Allied Command Tranformation, Norfolk (USA).
    He joined the Air Force in 1988. After the graduation at the Academy, as an Air Defense Controller, he participated in all the most important NATO Operations like: operation Deliberate Force (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and operation Deny Flight (Kosovo). From 2000 to 2003 he served at the NATO Airborne Early Warning Component in Geilenkirchen (Germany). During that period he consolidated his experience as a NATO Officer participating in several exercises and operations NATO wide, and becoming NATO aircrew instructor and evaluator. After 9/11 he was one of NATO Air Space Controllers conducting the Operation Eagle Assist, for the protection of the US skies from possible terrorist attacks in accordance with the article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.


    He has a Master Degree in Engineering for Public Administration and a Master of Science in Engineering Management (both with honors). He is a Chartered Engineer and a Programme and Project Manager (PMI and PRINCE 2 certified). He is married with Elena and he is proud father of Lucrezia, Alessandro and Federico.
     

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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, SMI 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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