Pacific Air Forces is hosting the annual Pacific Rim Airpower Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week, as part of the command’s partnership-building activities, according to a release. PACAF Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Dillion is hosting the symposium, which is focused on improving collaboration between Asia-Pacific nations during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, ?developing enlisted personnel, as well as improving coordination of air assets during crises and contingencies. The Senior Enlisted Leadership Conference—the largest multi-national air force enlisted conference in US Pacific Command—also will be held at the same time. The SEL conference, first held in 2008, is a forum for regional air forces to send senior noncommissioned officers to talk about topics, such as force development and management of enlisted airmen. Delegations from 25 Pacific Rim nations were invited to attend the event.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.