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SUBJ/NAVY ATTENDANCE AT THE 2018 ANNUAL SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION (SNA)
NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, 9-11 JANUARY 2018//
REF/B/OPNAVINST 5050.34/YMD: 20170915
NARR/ REF A IS SECNAV UPDATED DON CONFERENCE GUIDANCE.
REF B IS CNO CONFERENCE HOSTING AND ATTENDANCE REQUESTS INSTRUCTION.
REF C IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONFERENCE GUIDANCE VERSION 4.0.
REF D IS JOINT ETHICS REGULATION REGARDING OFFICIAL PARTICIPATION IN NON-
RMKS/1. The Surface Navy Association (SNA) will hold its 30th Annual National
Symposium in Arlington, VA, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City from 9 - 11
January 2018. The theme this year is Surface Forces and Cross-Domain
2. SNA membership is over 6,700 strong, of which 80 percent are active duty
or former military members. The SNA Annual National Symposium provides an
opportunity for discussions on a broad range of professional and career
issues. This is a forum where personnel can discuss innovative solutions for
current and future Surface Warfare challenges.
3. Per reference A, attendance at non-DoD hosted conferences which have
historically exceeded $100,000 but are under $500,000 require approval by a
Tier 2 conference approver. SNA 2018 meets this threshold. Therefore, any
attendee requesting the use of government funds must submit their request to
the first Tier 2 approver in their chain of command. Unless otherwise
directed by the Tier 2 approving official, final conference requests are to
be submitted to the approval authority no later than 30 days prior to the
conference start date. If no cost is incurred by the government
(i.e.: people local to area), no approval is required.
4. Reference B establishes requirements and procedures for submittal of
conference attendance requests for all activities and organizations under the
command of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). OPNAV Form 5050/11 must be
used in processing Tier 2 approval of conference requests and can be
5. Attendees and travel authorizing officials must be mindful of the need to
be good stewards of taxpayer dollars in attending the symposium and are
directed to follow the guidance in references A-D when authorizing travel.
TAD orders may cover expenses incident to attendance and participation in the
conference including transportation, per diem, and lodging fees.
6. Questions regarding the symposium should be directed to the SNA
administrative office at (703) 960-6800, email@example.com or visit
7. Released by Vice Admiral W. R. Merz, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations,
Warfare Systems (N9).//