Greetings from Alexandria! After Rear Adm. Buzby's August confirmation and swearing-in as Maritime Administrator, I've temporarily taken the helm at NDTA. We certainly will miss his leadership, but feel confident that Buz will do great things for our nation's maritime community. We look forward to continued engagement with him in the months ahead!
Speaking of which, the business of NDTA goes on. We've had a busy few months, and preparations have continued at breakneck speed for our annual NDTAUSTRANSCOM Fall Meeting, Oct. 10-13.
This year's theme of "Force Projection --Assuring Access: Cyber & Physical" couldn't be more relevant in the current security environment. The 2017 meeting also marks the fifth year of our partnership with USTRANSCOM, and features a high-powered group of keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, more than 70 Transportation Academy courses and various meetings with Gen. McDew and his component commanders.
NDTA's Expo runs concurrently to the Fall Meeting at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. This fantastic facility has been renovated since last year with new improvements to further accommodate classroom and social activities. Sales of booth space are moving briskly and once again, we will feature NDTA committee meetings, historic train rides, live music during the welcome reception on Tuesday, and a host of other compelling professional and networking reasons to attend the event. The Midway--where hundreds of thousands of passengers used to pass through to catch their trains--provides an ideal gathering place. If you're an industry or government transporter/logistician, there's no better place to meet with the people who matter to your business.
Kudos and thanks to the NDTA and USTRANSCOM staffs for their hard work making the Fall Meeting a reality. Even with...