The Air Force Historical Foundation will sponsor its biennial symposium on Thursday, October 8, 2009, on the theme The Balkans Air Campaigns in the 1990s and Their Influence Since 2001. The symposium will take place at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. The guest speaker for the awards banquet that evening will be General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, USAF, and the luncheon speaker will be General Michael E. Ryan, who as 16th Air Force Commander was responsible for air operations in Bosnia, and who was Chief of Staff from 1997 to 2001. (All speakers named are confirmed.)
The morning keynote speaker will be Dr Benjamin Lambeth from the RAND Corporation. The morning panel will address air campaigns in Bosnia, 1995, and in Kosovo, 1999. The panel will be chaired by Mr Dick Anderegg and will feature papers presented by Major William A. March, CD, MA, of the Candian Armed Forces; Dr Daniel Haulman, and Mr Chris Mayse, the latter two civilian historians in the US Air Force history program.
The afternoon keynote speaker will be Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF. The afternoon panel will consider air operations since 2001. The afternoon panel, chaired by Dr Timothy A. Keck, will include papers presented by Dr Rebecca Grant of IRIS Independent Research and the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute; Lt Col Erik Rundquist, an active Air Force officer and scholar-warrior experienced in special operations in Iraq; and Col Mike Isherwood, a combat veteran of Operation DESERT STORM and now an analyst with the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
The awards banquet will include the address by General Schwartz and the presentation of two prestigious awards. The third annual General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz Award will be presented to Lt Gen Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret). It is awarded to an individual for a sustained, significant contribution to the making of Air Force history during a lifetime of service, and is named for the first President of the Foundation and first Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Past recipients include General David C. Jones and Maj Gen John R. Alison, both USAF (Ret).
The Foundation also will present its third annual Major General I. B. Holley Award to Mr Herman S. Wolk, a distinguished career Air Force historian, for making a sustained, significant contribution to the research, interpretation, and documentation of Air Force history during a lifetime of service. It is named for the distinguished professor who taught military history at Duke University for over six decades, served as an active and reserve Air Force officer, and influenced several generations of military historians. Past recipients include General Holley and Brig Gen Alfred F. Hurley, both USAF (Ret).
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