2011 Symposium

The terrorist attacks against America on September 11, 2011 had a resounding effect on the country, spurring fundamental shifts in military doctrine and operations, sweeping new government legislation and widespread social change.

This post-9/11 period took center stage during the Air Force Historical Foundation’s 2011 Symposium – held November 17-18 at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland – which included insightful keynote speeches from prominent military and federal decision-makers; along with feature presentations and panel discussions by noted historians, analysts and military personnel.

Co-hosted with the Air Force Historical Studies Office, the Foundation’s biennial Symposium also included the presentation of its most significant awards – recognizing individuals for important contributions to the making and documentation of air power history.

The photo report below showcases many of the event’s highlights (click on the images for a larger version):

The 2011 Symposium opened with a keynote address by former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, who set the tone with his perspectives as a leader in the development of national strategy following the attacks on 9/11.
Maj. Gen. Larry K. Arnold (USAF Ret.), former commander of First Air Force, gives his presentation as part of the first opening day morning panel – which covered the subject of “9/11 and Operation Noble Eagle.” Joining Arnold on the panel were (seated left to right): chairperson Dr. Priscilla D. Jones of the Air Force Historical Studies Offices; Former Attorney General of New Jersey and Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, John J. Farmer, Jr.; and Col. Miles L. Kara, Sr. (USAF Ret.), who sat on the 9/11 Commission’s Team 8.
The afternoon panel on Day One of the 2011 Symposium – which centered on the Global War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom – included Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder, Jr. (USAF Ret.), former Vice Command of Ninth Air Force (standing at podium); with (from foreground to background) historian Christopher N. Koontz; Dr. Rebecca L. Grant, Director of the Gen. Billy Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies; and panel chair Dr. John Q. Smith, Director of the Air Force Historical Studies Office.
The 2011 Symposium’s Day Two panel fields questions on new operational paradigms and innovations in a post-9/11 world. Seated from left to right are: Air Force Special Operations Command historian Randy Bergeron; Dr. Daniel L. Haulman of the Air Force Historical Research Agency; Former Commander, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kyrgyzstan, Lt. Gen. Christopher A. Kelly (USAF Ret.); and panel chair C. R. “Dick” Anderegg, Director, Air Force History and Museums Policies and Programs.
A special keynote address during the Foundation’s awards luncheon was provided by Lt. Gen. Christopher D. Miller, the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs – who used the opportunity to discuss military advances made during the decade since 9/11, as well as what may lie ahead for air power.
Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper (USAF Ret.), the 4th Director of National Intelligence and recipient of the Presidentially-conferred National Security Medal, speaks after receiving the Foundation’s prestigious General Carl A. “Tooey” Spaatz Award for significant contributions to the making of Air Force history.
Joseph D. Caver (center) receives the Foundation’s Major General I. B. Holley Award, which recognizes a sustained, significant contribution to the research, interpretation and documentation of Air Force history during a lifetime of service. Presenting the award to Caver – an Archivist at the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama – are Air Force Historical Foundation President Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF Ret.) and C. R. “Dick” Anderegg.
The Air Force Historical Foundation’s Meyerrose (left) and Executive Director Jim Vertenten (right) presented the organization’s Best Book Award for 2010 to Dr. Robert S. Ehlers, Jr. for his “Targeting the Third Reich: Air Intelligence and the Allied Bombing Campaigns.”

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