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INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/NAVY ATTENDANCE AT THE 11-15 MAY 2015 ANNUAL NAVAL HELICOPTER
ASSOCIATION (NHA) NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC//DNS/MAY//
NARR/REF A IS SECNAV CONFERENCE APPROVAL MEMORANDUM. REF B IS DOD PUBLICATION
5500.07-R JOINT ETHICS REGULATION REGARDING OFFICIAL PARTICIPATION IN NON-
FEDERAL ENTITIES. REF C IS DOD MEMORANDUM IMPLEMENTATION OF CONFERENCE
OVERSIGHT REQUIREMENTS AND DELEGATION OF CONFERENCE APPROVAL AUTHORITY.//
RMKS/1. The Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) will hold its annual national
symposium in San Diego, CA at the Town and Country Hotel from 11-15 May 2015.
The 2015 theme for the symposium is "Forward Firing and Lethal."
2. NHA membership is more than 2,800 strong, consisting of active duty,
reserve, and retired personnel committed to the goal of enhancing the
professionalism of military members working in the field of navy, marine and
coast guard vertical lift aviation. The NHA annual symposium provides
opportunity for expansive discussion on a broad range of professional and
career topics of interest to its extensive and diverse membership. It is a
forum in which attendees come together to present innovative solutions to
current and future warfighting issues and challenges.
3. Per reference (a), a limited use of government funds to attend NHA 2015
has been approved. The following restrictions apply:
a. Local attendance at no cost to the Department of the Navy (DON) is
authorized with supervisors' approval.
b. The number of participants attending in a Temporary Additional Duty
(TAD) status on cost orders is capped at 168 and cannot exceed $228,000 total
cost. Travel, lodging and per diem has been approved for a select number of
attendees as approved in reference (a). Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific
(COMNAVAIRPAC) is in charge of tracking all TAD attendees for the DON.
Attendees from commands outside COMNAVAIRPAC shall contact the point of
contacts (POCs) listed prior to obligating TAD funds to ensure total cost to
DON remains within pre-approved guidelines. Personnel approved still need to
gain TAD authorization from the first Flag in their respective Chain of
Command. (Note: registration on the NHA website does not constitute
approval to travel using funds authorized in reference (a); travel must be
coordinated with COMNAVAIRPAC).
c. Rental cars are not authorized for attendees traveling by air.
Questions regarding San Diego, CA area transportation should be forwarded to
d. Lodging and meals will be reimbursed to the attendees in a TAD status
only at the authorized per diem rate. Attendees must annotate their travel
vouchers if meals are provided by the conference host.
4. In addition, all Commanding Officers are authorized to grant non-funded,
no cost TAD orders at their discretion to the extent consistent with Navy
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 (b) and (c). TAD orders may
cover expenses incident to attendance and participation in the conference,
including transportation, per diem, and lodging fees.
6. Uniforms: to ensure maximum participation from local commands in the San
Diego, CA area, participants are authorized to wear flight suits to the
daytime scheduled events. Evening and social events will be in appropriate
civilian attire or locally prescribed uniform.
7. Questions regarding the symposium should be directed to the NHA
Administrative Office at comm: (619) 435-7139 or visit
8. Point of contacts: CDR Brent Gaut, at email:
brent.gaut(AT)navy.mil, CAPT Geoffrey Moore at comm: (619) 545-4491 or via
email: geoffrey.moore(AT)navy.mil and CDR Sean Rocheleau at
comm: (619) 545-4652 or via email: sean.rocheleau(AT)navy.mil.
9. Released by Vice Admiral S. H. Swift, Director, Navy Staff.//