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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

AFRICOM symposium at Maxwell next week

I'll be covering parts of this symposium next week and will post updates here, as well as anything interesting I hear.

Until then, here's the basic rundown of what's going on:

The symposium will create a set of policy proposals for the sponsors by engaging military, industry and academic participants in active debate focusing on a broad spectrum of topics affecting AFRICOM and ways AFRICOMs air component (17th Air Force) can contribute to meeting the security challenges of the 21st century.

The symposium is divided into four tracks, each with a specific focus: Track 1: Air Domain Safety and Security in Africa; Track 2: Utilizing Capability While Building Partnership Capacity; Track 3: Strengthening Relationships and Building a Security Cooperation (Phase Zero) Game Plan; Track 4: Future Look: Sustainable Security through Development and Conflict Mitigation. Each track is then sub-divided into a number of seminar style workshops that will develop the policy recommendations.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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