NEWS | May 15, 2013

Low Country A/TA to host National Board of Officers Spring Meeting

By Rose Alexander Low Country A/TA Community Relations

The Low Country Chapter of the Airlift/Tanker Association will host the National A/TA Board of Officers Spring Board Meeting May 23-24, 2013.

The National A/TA Board of Officers consists of approximately 25 retired military, ranging from one- to four-star generals, along with other officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians, and is led by their chairman, Ret. Gen. Walter Kross, United States Air Force. They are all volunteers who meet quarterly to manage association affairs, discuss continuous process improvement and new agenda items like the annual A/TA convention/symposium.

The board meetings, which are held quarterly at different military bases, also provide the opportunity for the board members to get to know local chapter members on their own "turf," provide mentorship and enjoy camaraderie in a relaxed atmosphere. The Low Country Chapter, headed up by their president Lt. Col. Joseph Meyer, hopes to use this visit as a springboard to reinvigorate the Low Country Chapter.

There are a number of events associated with the A/TA Board visit. To kick the morning off on May 23, Gen. Walter Kross, Lt. Gen. John Sams and Lt. Gen. Chris Kelly will host a Mobility Heritage Panel where they will discuss the history of mobility and its role in the U.S. Air Force. The panel discussion will be held at the Charleston Club from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All Team Charleston military and civilians are invited to attend and should plan to be in place no later than 9:15 a.m.
Following the Mobility Panel, the Low Country A/TA Chapter will host a golf tournament at Wrenwoods Golf Course on the Air Base from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For additional details or to register for the tournament, call Capt. James Ellison at 678-524-7274. Deadline for registration is May 21, 2013.

At 5 p.m. following the golf tournament, the 437th Airlift Wing will host a reception at Rookies Sports Grill for all JB Charleston Airmen to meet the board members.

To conclude their visit, the Spring Board meeting will be held at the Charleston Club on May 24, from 8 2:30 p.m. Senior leaders and local chapter board members are invited to attend.

The A/TA is dedicated to ensuring that American military forces continue to have the air mobility capability required to implement national security strategy. Their purpose is to recognize and honor those people or mission groups who have distinguished themselves in the outstanding performance above and beyond their duties as members of the United States Air Force and as Airlifters and Airborne Tankers.

If you have any questions regarding these events, call Maj. Joseph Harding, event POC, at 843-377-9716.