LOA Meeting Slated for Fall

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From Armor & Mobility/August 2017

2017 Logistics Officer Association (LOA) Meeting

The Logistics Officer Association (LOA) will host its annual Logistics Symposium & University from 14-17 November 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. As the Logistics Officer Association celebrates its 35th Anniversary, the Symposium is the year’s premier event dedicated to enabling interactive exchanges among Logistics, Acquisition, and Technology professionals across the Department of Defense, industry and academia.

LOA is a non-profit organization comprised of over 4,000 military officers and civilians in the Logistics, Acquisition, and Technology career fields around the globe. The purpose of LOA is to enhance the mission of the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense (DoD) through concerted efforts to promote quality Logistics, and professional development of logistics, acquisition and technology officers. Every year we have professionals from across the Department of Defense, industry and academia to join us in the LOA experience to listen to and interact with our speakers.

Previous speakers include:

  • Secretary of the Air Force
  • Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Commander Air Force Materiel Command
  • Commander U.S. Transportation Command
  • Commander U.S. Southern Command
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness
  • Combatant Commander J4s
  • Commander of Aeronautical Systems Center
  • Commander of Defense Logistics Agency
  • Commander of Air Force Sustainment Center
  • Commander of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Diversified Scope

With a continued focus on Leadership, Innovation, Velocity, Excellence (L.I.V.E.), the 2017 LOA Symposium will offer a forum where professionals at all levels of leadership can collaborate to discuss challenges of operating in a dynamic global defense environment and brainstorm solutions to overcome them. You get an opportunity to showcase your capabilities, meet leaders and decision makers, and learn about Air Force needs.

  • Spend a day attending LOA University courses facilitated by instructors from accredited universities.
  • Listen to keynote speakers from government and industry who will challenge, inform and inspire.
  • Participate in panel discussions to hear career advice and lessons learned from senior leaders.
  • Attend breakout sessions that target specific topics and offer insightful perspectives on government challenges, leadership and professional development.

Small Business Opportunity

Connected Alliances and LOA have joined together to create the Small Business Innovation Pavilion experience and Call for Innovation Paper program. LOA2017 will be highlighting innovative solutions with a Small Business Innovation Pavilion to offer a unique opportunity for innovative Small Businesses to participate and exhibit. The Small Business Innovation Pavilion will showcase how small businesses are innovating to solve DOD problems and exhibitors receive a 20% discount. In the Small Business Innovation Pavilion, you can join a team to learn how to innovate and solve a DOD problem, participate in product demonstrations, listen in to product presentations on the Innovation Stage, and watch as small businesses combine experiences and technologies to solve a DOD problem in the Innovation Lab.

Additionally, certified small businesses will be able to participate in the “Call for Innovation Papers” program. The government problem statements will be in the following categories: Cyber Security, Big Data, Supply Chain, Innovation, and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO). The top two papers in each category will be selected to present their innovative solution to the Executive Advisory Panel comprised of general officers and senior executives during the Symposium.

Broad Organizational Support

LOA 2017 provides attendees with an opportunity to visit the Government Pavilion and interact with Defense Logistics Agency, Program Management Offices supporting Condition Based Maintenance, Additive Manufacturing, Lasers and Robotics, Common Environmental Systems, Supply Chain Operations, Strategic Alternate Sourcing, and Small Business Liaison Specialists from Air Force Sustainment Center and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

For more info: atloa.org | logisticsymposium.org

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Editor’s Note:
Jondavid DuVall, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), Logistics Officer Association (LOA), www.atloa.org, Chief Operating Officer, retired from the US Air Force in 2013 as a Logistics Readiness Officer. JD has worked as a Program Manager and as a subcontractor in the aviation field..