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AETC Symposium Focuses on Developing Airmen

By Air Education and Training Command | Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs Office | Jan. 9, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO--RANDOLPH, Texas — The commander of Air Education and Training Command, Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., kicks off the command's 2012 Symposium Jan. 12 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.

The AETC symposium offers more than 4,000 attendees a multitude of venues to learn about the current and future environments of recruiting, training and educating America's Airmen, along with Air Force operational and emerging topics and issues.

Information is offered through two keynote speaker luncheons and more than 100 individual breakout sessions. Additionally, the Alamo Chapter of the Air Force Association hosts an exposition hall featuring more than 120 military, industry and education exhibitors displaying leading edge capabilities and information. The symposium concludes with a banquet Jan. 13.

Under Secretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton is the keynote speaker at the banquet. The commander of Air Mobility Command, Gen. Raymond Johns Jr., is the luncheon keynote speaker Jan. 12. President and chief executive officer of USAA, retired Army Maj. Gen. Josue Robles, is the luncheon keynote speaker Jan. 13.

This year AETC is honoring as special guests several heroes of the command who were wounded during combat operations overseas. Capt. Therese Frentz, Office of Special Investigations agent; Tech. Sgt. Jason Scott, security forces member; Tech. Sgt. Marc Esposito, combat controller; Staff Sgt. Brent Olson, military working dog handler; and Staff Sgt. Scott Lilley, security forces member, will be either attending or honored at the symposium for their contributions to America's defense.

Also this year, Lucasfilm is pre-screening its new movie "Red Tails" to symposium attendees. Movie producer Rick McCallum and actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will be on hand to introduce the film and conduct a brief question-and-answer session. "Red Tails" opens nationwide Jan. 20. It's an action-adventure film that pays tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Several original Tuskegee Airmen will attend the screening.

Opportunities will be available upon request for interviews with presenters and subject matter experts. Still and video cameras will be permitted throughout the symposium and on the Expo floor.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Media members planning to attend Symposium must call Master Sgt. Rebecca Danét, AETC/PAO, at (210) 652-4400 or (805) 588-7620. There will be a media check-in booth available at symposium beginning at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 12. General symposium information is available on line at www.aetcsymposium.com. Biographical information on AETC's heroes is included with this advisory. An interview opportunity with Gen. Rice is available at 5 p.m. Jan 12.