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AATTC hosts 35th tactics and intelligence symposium

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Marc A. Sicard, commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general - air, speaks to a reporter during the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center’s 35th annual Tactics and Intelligence Symposium at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 25, 2017. The symposium brings together mobility and tactics professionals from across the U.S. Air Force, other branches of service, and allied nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Michael Crane)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Marc A. Sicard, commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general - air, speaks to a reporter during the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center’s 35th annual Tactics and Intelligence Symposium at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 25, 2017. The symposium brings together mobility and tactics professionals from across the U.S. Air Force, other branches of service, and allied nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Michael Crane)

U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Murphy, commander of the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center, speaks during the center’s 35th annual Tactics and Intelligence Symposium at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 24, 2017. The symposium brings together mobility and tactics professionals from across the U.S. Air Force, other branches of service, and allied nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Erin Hickok)

U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Murphy, commander of the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center, speaks during the center’s 35th annual Tactics and Intelligence Symposium at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 24, 2017. The symposium brings together mobility and tactics professionals from across the U.S. Air Force, other branches of service, and allied nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Erin Hickok)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. --

The Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) hosted its 35th Annual Tactics and Intelligence Symposium this week here at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base. This year’s theme was “Joint Warfare: Combined Integrations for Tomorrow’s Conflict”.

Over 260 tactics and intelligence professionals and industry partners attended the symposium.  Together, they analyzed potential challenges in all phases of a joint operation including what our advisories are doing and how that impacts our current operations.

“We want to make sure one person’s great idea doesn’t stay in one part of the states, [instead] it moves throughout the community and we can integrate with each other to become more effective and efficient,” says Col. Timothy P. Murphy, commandant of the AATTC. “We are always looking for ways to improve our efficiency and survivability of the aircrew, the aircraft and the personnel on the ground we are trying to support.”

Networking is always a huge component to this symposium. This year 27 industry partners and three allied nations were in attendance along with 179 U.S. military personnel from Air Mobility Command, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army.

The symposium attendees compile their findings and brief key leadership from Air Mobility Command and the Air National Guard with ways to work with industry for advancements or taking a closer look at tactics and starting a Tactics Improvement Proposal (TIPS) for the year ahead.

“They keep the field focused towards a common goal”, says Brig. Gen. Mark Sicard, commander Arkansas Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general – air. Sicard was this year’s keynote speaker for the symposium banquet.