Two upcoming events at the Museum of Aviation are expected to bring about 3,000 people from across the country.
March 22-26 the Dixie Crows Chapter of the Association of Old Crows will have its 40th annual symposium. The organization is for people interested in electronic warfare.
On March 26, also at the museum, the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Industry Committee is reviving what had been called the Requirements Symposium. That event used to draw hundreds of defense industry representatives from across the country for a heads-up about what kinds of Air Force contracts might be up for bids in the coming year.
It had been a three-day event but has been scaled back to one day. It’s now called the Program Executive Officer Review and Outlook.
Lisa Fruge-Cirilli, chairwoman of the aerospace committee, said it hasn’t been held in two years mostly because of the reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command. It used to be that the committee had one office to contact on base to set up the symposium, but the reorganization meant different offices under different chains of command had to be involved.
“Industry has lost the bubble as to whom to contact, and we are hoping this event is going to change that,” she said.
The event is needed, she said, because if industries wait until bids are sought for projects, they typically are too far behind to be competitive. She is expecting more than 400 people to attend the event this year. Federal government employees can attend for free, although there is a $15 charge for lunch. For everyone else the fee is $90, which includes lunch.
The event previously had been held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. It was moved to the museum and scheduled to coincide with the Dixie Crows Symposium to allow those who are interested to attend both in one trip.
The Dixie Crows event typically draws about 2,500 people. Vendors will show off some of the latest in military technology. For more information about the event and to register, go to www.crows.org. Under the “chapters” tab at the top, click “chapter websites” and then the Dixie Crows link at the bottom.
The Program Executive Officer Review and Outlook will feature two notable speakers. Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, and Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, are both scheduled.
For more information and to register to attend, go to the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce website at www.warner-robins.com and click on the “chamber events” link.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.