From the President's Cockpit
The Summit and SOA - A Powerful Combination
By all measurable standards the 2014 AAAA Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit was an overwhelming success. The numbers speak for themselves with over 7,000 registered attendees, 250 exhibitors, and an all-time high for attendance at the Hall of Fame Induction as well as our Soldier Appreciation Concert.
Having just completed our after action review I can report out that the changes we made transitioning from the traditional AAAA Annual Convention to the present day Summit have been effective.
Trimming the duration from 3.5 days to 2.5 days definitely worked. We’ve received numerous positive comments on this tremendous Networking opportunity. Orchestrating the professional program at three different levels also worked well. From the 2,000 person general sessions to the standing room only crowd at the AAAA Army Aviation Community Pavilion Theater to hear senior Army Aviation leaders take Q&A, as well as the topic-specific Deep Dives right off the exhibit floor, each venue truly facilitated terrific lateral communication.
The busing of almost 1,000 soldiers a day from Fort Campbell was instrumental to making sure your Voice was heard by both industry and Army decision makers. Special thanks to our keynote speaker, General John Campbell, Army Vice Chief of Staff, and Ms. Heidi Shyu, the Army Acquisition Executive, for opening the professional sessions.
The Recognition given to our National Awardees made me proud to be associated with these fine young Americans. The Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Monday night was truly world class. From the magnificent biographical videos hosted by Mr. David Hartman, to the stage sets, and room decorations, it was A-List all the way. We had a number of already inducted Hall of Fame members jokingly ask after the event if they might be re-inducted using this new program! Thanks to Mr. Hartman for donating his services, to Ron Kaplan the producer, and Hal Kushner our Hall of Fame Chairman for a very memorable experience.