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President’s Message Hooah air mobility warriors! Welcome to the 40th Annual Airlift/Tanker Association Convention and Symposium! Our theme this year “Air Mobility: From Berlin to Baghdad and Beyond” encourages us to reflect upon and honor our past, current and future warriors. We recognize and appreciate your steady response to the “Global War on Terrorism” while also playing the leading role in providing humanitarian support around the globe. It is always wonderful to see old friends and make new ones as our air mobility warriors invade Anaheim, California! Our symposium agenda is one of the best ever. You will be forced to make some tough choices CMSgt Mark A. Smith as you decide which sessions to attend. This year we are thrilled to USAF, Ret honor the selection of Major General (Ret) Bob Patterson into the Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame. General Patterson has made many impressive contributions to the advancement of air mobility and special operations during the past five decades. From taking the first C-130 and C-141 aircrews to Red Flag to test airlift concepts and assault techniques, to being the first Volant Rodeo Commander to include international teams in the competition, to being an instrumental Field Commander as aircrews flew combat airlift missions to Point Salines, Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury, to serving as the first 23rd Air Force (Joint Special Operations) Commander; General Patterson has clearly demonstrated superior and sustained performance which resulted in a legacy of achievement for air mobility. We look forward to recognizing General Bob and Sandy for their many contributions to the air mobility and special operations family and mission as General Patterson is inducted into the Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame. I would also like to congratulate our 2008 A/TA Award recipients and families of our General Huyser, General Fogleman, General Carlton, Colonel Halvorsen, Young Leadership, Specialized Mission, and President’s Awards. We are proud of your achievements and look forward to recognizing you this week at our convention. We recently dedicated the sculpture of our 2007 A/TA Hall of Fame Inductee, the Aeromedical Evacuation Legacy Team in the Air Mobility Park at Scott AFB, IL. It was a special and proud occasion for all of us to honor our first group into our Hall of Fame. The AE Legacy Team represents thousands of AE professionals who have conducted this noble mission for America with true compassion and incredible heroism. We are extremely proud, honored, and grateful for your contributions! The A/TA Board recently held our summer board meeting with the Great Lakes Chapter at Selfridge ARB, Michigan. Special thanks go to BrigGen Michael “Pep” Peplinski, Commander of the 127th Wing and Col Mike Thomas, the 127th Air Refueling Group Commander for hosting the meeting at an Air Reserve Base. I would also like to extend our thanks to CMSgt (Ret) Jim Wilton for his invitation to hold our Board meeting at Selfridge, Capt Joseph Winchester, the Great Lakes Chapter President and Capt Penny Carroll, the 127th Wing Chief of Public Affairs – both who organized a wonderful weekend of events. We would also like to recognize and thank Mr. Philip Handleman and his wife Mary for hosting a chapter and community social Friday evening at “Sky Ranch” – an amazing, aviation filled, private airstrip, hangar, library, and home. Phillip and Mary are strong supporters of national defense, aviation enthusiasts, wonderful Ambassadors for the Air Force, and gracious hosts for this social event. Thanks to everyone in Michigan for a great weekend! Lastly, I would like to thank General Norton (Norty) Schwartz and Suzie for their many contributions to our transportation and mobility air force mission and family at U.S. Transportation Command. General Schwartz, you have done a superb job leading and guiding our force and we look forward to your continued leadership in your new role as Chief of Staff of the world’s greatest Air Force! I would also like to thank General Duncan McNabb for his outstanding leadership as our Air Force Vice Chief of Staff and welcome General McNabb and Linda back to Scott AFB to lead U.S. Transportation Command. I would also like to thank our AMC Commander, General Arthur Lichte and Chris for their continued leadership and guidance to our warriors performing the air mobility mission every day. In closing, many air mobility forces remain deployed serving our country. Our prayers and support are with you always. For those of you in Anaheim – enjoy the Convention! God bless you all. SECRETARY’S NOTES It’s hard to believe that another year has passed, and it’s convention time once again. This year’s convention should prove to be very special as we celebrate 60 years since the Berlin Airlift. Also special this year is the chartering of a new chapter – the Flight Test Chapter at Edwards AFB CA – thanks to a lot of initiative and hard work by Technical Sergeant Dan Halverstadt to qualify Edwards as a chapter. We cannot Ms. Carol Mauchline stress enough that the chapters truly are the lifeblood of this Association. It’s you – the members – and your ideas, your inputs that guide the direction of the Airlift/Tanker Association. So please, get involved – attend chapter meetings, hold office, volunteer for chapter events, elevate your ideas! Speaking of initiative and hard work, we need to remember that this amazing organization is run by volunteers – from the Board of Officers and Advisors to the folks who work registration, run the crud tournament, and organize the banquet! Also, our conventions could not be the success they are without the support of our industry partners. To all of them, we extend our utmost gratitude. Hope you enjoy the seminars, the exhibits, the camaraderie, and the sunshine! Carol Future A/TA Convention & Symposium Locations* 2009......................Opryland, Nashville 2010....Marriott World Center, Orlando 2011......................Opryland, Nashville 2012............Marriott/Hilton, Anaheim *Tentative outline of locations. Subject to change. Cabin Report…Secure! A/TQ • Airlift/Tanker Quarterly • Fall 2008

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