Federal News Radio coverage of the 2015 Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Monday Sept. 14, 2015, at the National Harbor, Maryland.
Federal News Radio anchor Emily Kopp broadcasts live from the 2015 Air Force Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Monday morning, Sept. 14, 2015, at the National Harbor, Maryland. Among her guests are Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.
A new excitement surrounding aerospace is one top outcome the Air Force Association wants from this year's 2015 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition. Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Barrett is executive vice president of the Air Force Association. Barrett says the theme this year's conference is "reinventing the aerospace nation."
The story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's rescue in the hills of Afghanistan is one of the most famous moments of the recent war. Luttrell's teammates died in a battle that started after they refused to kill three goat herders. Now, in addition to a book and a movie, there is a painting to commemorate the battle. Emily Kopp is at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference with the artist, Maj. Warren Neary and someone who knows the subject of this painting well, Lt. Col. Jeff "Spanky" Peterson.
Out of the nearly quarter-million enlisted personnel in the Air Force, 12 are named Outstanding Airmen of the Year. They show leadership and care for their communities. Two of them spoke with Emily Kopp at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference. Tech. Sgt. Tamara Acfalle teaches at the Patrick Air Force Base Airman Leadership School in Florida. Master Sgt. Joseph Bogdan is the superintendent for the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Travis Air Force Base in California.
The Air Force is the smallest and oldest it has ever been. Air Force leaders say it's "too small." But a plan to add troops soon looks more and more unlikely given that Congress hasn't passed a budget yet for the fiscal year that begins in October. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James joined Emily Kopp on In Depth with Francis Rose at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference to discuss the Air Force's financial concerns and much more.
The Air Force's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance division supplies information through a mix of aircraft, satellite, computer technology and human analysis to help the Air Force stay at the top of its game. Members of the ISR, now the 25th Air Force, are at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference to tell the rest of the service more about themselves. Three of them joined anchor Emily Kopp on In Depth with Francis Rose — Maj. Christina Sheets, Air Force foreign policy fellow; Technical Sgt. John Sims, imagery analyst; and Staff Sgt. Anthony Adams, special equipment operator.