A-35ers can look forward to a new way to participate in NDTA activities this summer. The Association is bringing back the idea of smaller regional meetings. The pilot event, an educational and training Regional Conference, is scheduled for June 26 and 27, 2008, in Hershey, PA, and will be hosted by the Atlantic Region and the Washington, DC, and Central Pennsylvania Chapters.
Records show that regional meetings, in addition to the yearly Forum, were very popular in the 70s and 80s. Then, as now, NDTA realized that significant numbers of members could not attend the annual Forum because of time, distance, and expense. To solve the problem, NDTA produced regional conferences throughout the country and overseas. At their peak, there were 10 to 12 events in addition to the annual Forum being held each year.
A recent meeting of the Forum and Education Committee called by NDTA Vice President Greg Reid and chaired by NDTA Vice Chairman of the Board VADM Gordon Holder unanimously voted to bring the regional concept back for 2008. Primary support for the idea came about as a way to fulfill a goal of USTRANSCOM. The command asked NDTA to explore ways of providing more training and professional education opportunities to its employees. Smaller regional events seemed to be one way to assist USTRANSCOM while providing an additional opportunity to extend NDTA's educational and networking benefits to more members than we could reach through the annual forum alone.
The committee designated the Atlantic Region and Hershey, PA, as the location for the first pilot program to be held this summer. Results will help determine the scope, location, and format of future events. Education Chairman Professor Irvin Varkonyi and Dr. Richard Young...