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Monday, February 01, 2016

Symposium brings airlifters from around the world to Missouri

by Tech. Sgt. Michael Crane
139th Airlift Wing Public affairs


1/28/2016 - ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- About 300 people attended the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center's 34th annual symposium Jan. 25-28, here at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.

This year's theme was Asymmetric Airlift: Tomorrow's Tactical Considerations.

"We're bringing in subject matter experts from around the globe to talk about emerging threats and considerations within the world we operate," said Maj. Justin Brumley, chairman of the symposium and an instructor pilot at the AATTC. "The symposium is a platform for us to discuss tactics and procedures to counter those threats."

The goal for the attendees to share this information with their home units and to be tactical leaders, said Brumley.

Attendees include Airmen from the active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserves, the Air National Guard, and a few from the Canadian Royal Air Force.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Alyssa Manwaring, an intelligence analyst stationed at Ramstein Air Base, said it's a chance for her to learn more about how intel and aircrew operate together.

"We talk about issues we both face," said Manwaring who works with the C-130 aircraft. "It's been great to hear from the folks that work with the KC-135 and C-5 aircraft."

"It's been great to collaborate more in depth with the air crew," said 2nd Lt. Brayden Young, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard. "To learn what new systems they may be using and how we can better integrate with them and provide them a better product."

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