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2014 SUMMIT Quick Facts: May 4-6

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  Gaylord Opryland Hotel
  2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

EXHIBIT HOURS
  May 4, 1630 – 1930
  May 5, 1100 – 1700
  May 6, 1100 – 1700

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Proffer Approved

AAAA is pleased to announce that the Proffer has been approved by the Department of the Army! See below. In addition, the Army itself is funding another 20 General Officers and SES to attend the event on top of the AAAA-funded Proffer.

This will allow over 175 key personnel from the Active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard who represent the operational, acquisition, Science & Technology (S&T) and Special Operations communities to attend the 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit on May 4-6 in Nashville, TN.

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EXTRACT – Approved DAS Memorandum for AAAA Proffer Distribution (18 APR 14)

1. Purpose and Background. The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Annual Meeting and Mission Solutions Summit is one of the largest military expositions and professional development forums. This year, the event will be held at the Opryland Hotel and Conference Center, from Sunday 4 May to Tuesday 6 May 2014, in Nashville, TN. The following memorandum will clarify guidance and procedures for Army attendance and travel.

2. Proffer. Commands / agencies / activities not specifically designated are not authorized the use of any AAAA Proffer funds for reimbursable travel and/or expenses in support of this event. A specific list of 152 Army invitees by duty position and organizations has been distributed through Army channels. If the primary is not available to attend, units are authorized to send another appropriate representative in their stead.

3. O&M Funded Travel and TDY. The Secretary of the Amy has authorized Army funded travel and attendance at this event for limited number of additional attendees, as well as the shipment and set-up of Army exhibits. These individuals will be directly contacted by the HQDA lead agency (G-3/5/7 Army Aviation) NLT WED 23 APR 14. Unless specifically contacted and/or authorized, no other Army command / agency / activity is allowed to spend any Army funds for travel, attendance, and/or other support functions at the 2014 AAAA Annual Meeting.

4. Local Attendance. The Secretary of the Amy has further authorized local attendance by up to 647 Army personnel. Personnel assigned to posts / installations in or near the event (in this case, Fort Campbell, KY) may attend the AAAA Annual Meeting in their official capacities provided their supervisors (who are either commissioned military officers or civilians above GS11) authorize their attendance after making a determination that the Soldier’s or employee’s attendance at the Annual Meeting furthers a legitimate Army interest. For example, if a GS13’s supervisor determines the GS13 would receive professional development opportunities of benefit to the Army by attending the Annual Meeting or one of its seminars, then the supervisor could authorize the GS13 to attend an Annual Meeting function or event in an official duty status. Personnel traveling in this manner are not authorized any reimbursable expenses . If personnel desire to attend in a personal capacity, they must be on an appropriate duty status (i.e. Pass or Leave), and again, are not authorized any reimbursable expenses.

5. Conference Fees. AAAA indicates there is no entry fee for military personnel attending the event in uniform . Military personnel not in uniform and Army civilian employees should be aware they are subject to a $20 - $60 fee to attend the event.    

6. Mission Critical Status. AAAA gift proffer funded travelers may only accept the gift proffer and travel to the AAAA Annual Meeting if approved to do so by their travel approving authorities. For travel approving authorities, the mission critical travel standard does not apply to travelers funded entirely by AAAA gift proffer funds. The travel approving authority may approve the travel for his or her AAAA gift proffer funded travelers if their attendance at the Summit will further the interests of the Army. After obtaining the concurrence of his or her Ethics Advisor, the travel approving authority must approve acceptance of all gift proffer funded travel in writing before the travel begins.

Read more: EXTRACT – Approved DAS Memorandum for AAAA Proffer Distribution (18 APR 14)

From the President's Cockpit

Providing a VOICE for Aviation Soldiers and Families

Army Aviation is in the cross-hairs of budgeteers and those who believe a smaller Army is better; those who believe airpower and seapower can provide strategic leverage and dominate future conflicts at the expense of ground forces. Now, more than ever, it is vitally important for our constituency to have a Voice that can be heard by key decision-makers at all levels of government.

The AAAA will not advocate on behalf of one component over the other, but rather, strongly advocate on behalf of Army Aviation as the most sought after maneuver force by ground force commanders. It will be those issues that are in the best interests of Aviation Soldiers and their families that the AAAA can provide a Voice for each of you; Active, National Guard, Reserve, DA Civilian, Industry, and Retirees. Several tools are at our disposal.

Read more: From AAAA President's Cockpit