Naval Helicopter Association Concludes Annual Symposium

Story Number: NNS130518-02Release Date: 5/18/2013 5:16:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Hogue, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) concluded its annual symposium at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, May 16. The theme for this year's symposium was "Ready Warfighters: The Employment of Rotary Wing Strike Capabilities."

The symposium featured a number of guest speakers, industry experts and events for Naval personnel in the helicopter aviation community.

The NHA's annual symposium gave the helicopter community members a chance to discuss a wide range of professional and career issues of interest to its extensive and diverse group. It was also a forum where members worked together to discuss current issues, and identify and develop innovative solutions to future challenges facing the naval rotary-wing population.

Key dignitaries in the rotary aviation community ended the event by conducting a flag panel.

Members of the panel included Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, commander, Naval Surface Forces; Rear Adm. Paul A. Grosklags, program executive officer for Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs; Rear Adm. Kenneth Norton, commander, Naval Safety Center and Capt. Thom W. Burke, commanding officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The panel answered questions from the rotary aviators about the future capabilities of rotary wing aircraft, future funding and training concerns.

The symposium also gave the rotary community a chance to reunite with one another and learn about the different issues and advances the community has experienced.

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