NAVY ATTENDANCE AT THE 11-15 MAY 2015 ANNUAL NAVAL HELICOPTER ASSOCIATION (NHA) NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

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SUBJ/NAVY ATTENDANCE AT THE 11-15 MAY 2015 ANNUAL NAVAL HELICOPTER 
ASSOCIATION (NHA) NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM//



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REF/A/LTR/SECNAV APPROVAL/30APR2015/NOTAL//
REF/B/DOC/DOD/5500.07-R/17NOV2011//
REF/C/DOC/DOD/29SEP2012//
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 
the POCs.
    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 
policy.

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 
www.navalhelicopterassn.org.

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.//

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