2009 Air Force Historical Foundation Symposium

The Air Force Historical Foundation’s successful 2009 Symposium showcased presentations, debates and discussion from noted historians, authors and military personnel – all centered on the Balkans Air Campaigns of the 1990s and the residual effects of those conflicts.

The day-long event also featured powerful keynote addresses from leaders in the United States Air Force, and award presentations that recognized those who have made their mark on air power history.

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

Historian Chris Mayse (at podium) presents his paper on the U-2 in Operation NOBLE ANVIL/ALLIED FORCE during the Symposium’s morning panel, which detailed the Balkans Air Campaigns from three distinct perspectives.

Joining Mayse on the panel were (from left to right) Dr. Daniel Haulman and Maj William March, CD, MA, along with moderator Dick Anderegg.

The 2009 Symposium’s afternoon luncheon was highlighted with an address by Dr. Alan Gropman of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

During an informal and insightful speech, Gropman detailed the challenges faced by the Tuskegee Airmen and the successes they achieved in combat.

Maj Gen Dale Meyerrose (USAF Ret.), President and Chairman of the Air Force Historical Foundation (second from left), presents the Air Power History Best Article Award for 2008.

Recipients Joseph Carver, Dr. Wesley Phillips Newton and Jerome Ennels (left to right) won for their article “Setting the Record Straight Regarding Lieutenants White and McCullin, Tuskegee Airmen,” published in the Fall 2008 issue of Air Power History.

The second award presented during the Symposium’s luncheon was for the Best Air Power History Book of 2008, given to Donald Caldwell and Dr. Richard Muller (left and right center, respectively) for The Luftwaffe over Germany: Defense of the Reich.
Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. fields questions from the audience following his afternoon keynote address, which underscored the vital role of air power in the modern warfare challenges faced by the U.S. and allies today.
The afternoon panel focused on the lessons learned from Balkans Air Campaigns and how they can be applied during future conflicts, featuring presenters from both the private and military sectors.

Seated from left to right are panel members: Col. Michael W. Isherwood (USAF Ret.), Lt. Col. Erik Rundquist (USAF) and Dr. Rebecca Grant from the RAND Corporation.

Maj Gen Dale Meyerrose presents Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz with a copy of the Air Force Historical Foundation’s coffee table book World War II: A Chronology of War as a token of appreciation for his keynote presentation during the 2009 Symposium’s awards banquet.
    • Select speeches, papers and slideshows from the 2009 Symposium are available for review in
      the password-protected Members-Only section.

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