ARSAG 2018

Draft agenda as of  3 March, 2018. Subject to change.


Dates: 24 - 26 April 2018



Associated Key Meetings

 ARSAG 2018 - Important Dates

NATO AARWG meeting, 22 April 0800


Steering Group Meeting, 22 April 1430


Workshop / JSB, 23 April 0800


Briefers’ Meeting, 23 April 1715

Hotel Information

 ARSAG 2018 - DAY  1, Tuesday, 24 April

0700    Registration, Check-In, Badging      Ballroom Foyer


0700    Exhibits Grand Opening,                    Turquoise Ballroom

              Coffee, Networking


0800    Plenary Session Convenes             Presidio Ballroom


0800    Introductions                Lieutenant General John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                        ARSAG Chairman, Chief Executive Officer


0805    Guest Speaker             Lieutenant General Giovanni K. Tuck

                                                       Commander, 18th Air Force


International Military Status Reports

0845    Introductions Moderator:     Laurent Donnet,  Skytech

              NATO IS/DI                                 Donald Turnbull

              EDA                                               Dion Polman

              JAPCC / AARNG NATO            Lt Col Edwin Markie

              MCCE                                             Lt Col Gian Luca D'Angelo

              Australia                                       Gp Capt Steve Pesce

              Canada                                          Maj Brian Crosier


              Germany                                      LTC Thilo Scholz


1000    Coffee, Exhibits & Networking         Turquoise Ballroom

1030     Plenary Session Reconvenes             Presidio Ballroom

               Israel                                             Rami Tabac

               Italy                                                Col Giueseppi Addesa

               Japan                                             Maj Koji "Esper" Yokoyama

               The Netherlands                        Maj Andy van Alphen

               Saudi Arabia



               United Arab Emirates

               United Kingdom

               Contract Refueling                    Tom Swiderek


1145     Guest Speaker                       Brigadier General Francesco Saverio Agresti

                                                                       Deputy Commander (DCOM)


1200     Luncheon                                       Turquoise Ballroom

                    Luncheon Guest Speaker

                           Ronald Johnston, Chief Test Pilot, KC-46, The Boeing Company


1330     Plenary Session Reconvenes      Presidio Ballroom

1330     Introductions                   Lieutenant General John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                            ARSAG Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

1335     Guest Speaker                 Lieutenant General Maryanne Miller, USAF/RE


US Military Status Reports

1405     Introductions Moderator:              Lt Col Ed Schierberl, AFRC

               USN/USMC Update                          Farhad Choudhury, NAVAIR

               US Army



1450     Q & A

1500     Coffee, Exhibits & Networking     Turquoise Ballroom

1530     Plenary Session Reconvenes         Presidio Ballroom


Safety Reports

1530    US Military Safety Reports            Moderator: Lt Col Ed Schierberl, AFRC

              HH-60 Basker Oscillation

              US Air Force

              US Navy

              US Army

              US Marine Corps

              International Safety Reports        TBD



1610    ARSAG, Celebrating 40 Years        Tom Swiderek, Omega Air


Reports from ARSAG Wokshop / Joint Standardization Board (JSB)

                                                                          for Aerial Refueling Systems

1630    Introductions                                       Farhad Choudhury, NAVAIR, JSB Chair

1635    ARSAG Published Documents        Harry Slusher, Boeing

1640    ARSAG Published Documents        Derek Ferwerda, NAVAIR

1645    Working Group Reports                   Working Group Leads

1655    Q & A



1705    Plenary Session Adjourn for the Day

1800    Exhibitors Reception                         Turquoise Ballroom

 ARSAG 2018 - DAY  2, Wednesday, 25 April

0700    Exhibits Open  Coffee, Networking     Turquoise Ballroom


0800    Plenary Session Reconvenes                  Presidio Ballroom

0800    Introduction                                Lieutenant General John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                                      ARSAG Chairman, Chief Executive Officer


0800    Guest Speaker                    Lieutenant John T. Thompson

                                                             Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center


Operations Panel

0830    Introductions Chair/Moderator:            Col Greg Gilmour

                                                                                        Commander, 315 AW

0833    Tanker Planning Optimization       William Spacy, Office of the Deputy

                                                                               Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

                                                                               (SAF / EN)

0841    Optimizing Aerial Refueling                William Spacy, Office of the Deputy

              Airspeeds for CORONET Missions     Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

                                                                                     (SAF / EN)

0849    A-330 MRTT Operation in                 Loli Valer, Airbus

              SESAR / Next Gen

0857    RAAF Operations in the Middle East   Group Captain Bruce Pesce, RAAF

0905    Aerial Refueling Optimization                Eric Lepchenske, AASI

              and Planning System

0913    MC-130 AFSOC CAPES Brief                     MSgt Michael Mueller, ACC

0921    Q & A


0925    Guest Speaker                                   Major General Scott Zobrist

                                                                             Commander, 9th Air Force


0955    Coffee, Exhibits & Networking              Turquoise Ballroom

1025    Plenary Session Reconvenes                  Presidio Ballroom


Senior Military Panel Discussion

1025    Moderator:                     Lieutenant General John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                          ARSAG Chairman, Chief Executive Officer


                                                          Major General Scott Zobrist

                                                                      Commander, 9th Air Force

                                                          AIRCDRE Bill Kourelakos

                                                                     RAAF, Commander, Air Mobillity Group

                                                          Brigadier General Francesco Saverio Agresti

                                                                      EATC Deputy Commander (DCOM)

1115    Q & A


Training Panel

1125    Introductions Chair/Moderator:         Lt Col Al White, AETC 54 ARS/CC

1130    KC-46 Program Update                         Col John Newberry, AFLCMC/WKC

1140    KC-46 Training Status Update             Lt Col Dan Ruttenber, 56 ARS/CC

1150    509th Weapons School Update          Maj Will Down, 509 ARS/DOA

1205    Aircrew Training Systems Update      Bruce LaCharite, Flight Safety

1215    Q & A

1215    Luncheon                                                Turquoise Ballroom

              Guest Speaker


1345    Plenary Session Reconvenes            Presidio Ballroom


 System Design Panel

1345    Opening Remarks & Session Agenda

                                                   Chair/Moderator:           Tom Cavallaro, NAVAIR

1350    Aerial Refueling Standards                     Mark Burket, AFLCLC/EZFA

1400    Automatic Air-to-Air Refueling              Juan Cabrera, Airbus

1420    KC-390 Update                                            Bruce Bunin, Embraer

1430    Q & A


1435    Coffee, Exhibits & Networking           Turquoise Ballroom

1505    Plenary Session Reconvenes                Presidio Ballroom


Reliability and Maintainability Panel

1505    Introductions                                            Gregory Twyford, Boeing

1510    KC-135R/T and KC-10A                          Magdy "Mike" Sorial

              Aerial Refueling System                        Deputy AR PEO for Tankers

              Status Report

1535    Maintenance Perspective                      Gerry Drake, NAVAIR

              on AR Hose Reel Systems

1545    ARC-190 V9 Update and HF                   Ron Boden, Rockwell Collins

              Modernization Update

1555    KC-46 Maintenance Trainer                    Tom Mallets, USAF

1600    Q & A


Interoperability Panel

1605    Introductions                                              Lt Col Edwin Markie, JAPCC

1610    Global Interoperability w/ A-330          TBD

1620    Interoperability in Training                     TBD

1630    KDC-10 OIR Operations                            Maj Jon O'Dell

1640    Q & A

1645    Adjourn

Government Hotel:

Hilton Government Registration


Industry Hotel:

Hilton Registration

 ARSAG 2018 - DAY  3, Thursday, 26 April

0700    Exhibits Open, Coffee & Networking      Turquoise Ballroom

0800    Plenary Session Reconvenes                      Presidio Ballroom


0800     Introductions                             Lieutenant General John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                                      ARSAG Chairman, Chief Executive Officer


0800     Guest Speaker                                 AIRCDRE Bill Kourelakos

                                                                              RAAF, Commander, Air Mobility Group


Advanced Concepts Panel

0830    Introductions Chair/Moderator:          Farhad Choudhury, NAVAIR

0835    Air Force Research Lab                           Ba Nguyen, AFRL

              Advanced Aerial Refueling Research

0850    Integrated Precision Refueling             James "Buddy" Denham, NAVAIR

              On-Board Enhancement

0905    Q & A

0910    Guest Speaker                                          TBA


0940    Coffee, Exhibits and Networking       Turquoise Ballroom

1020    Plenary Session Reconvenes                Presidio Ballroom


Industry Panel

1020    Introductions                                               Tom Swiderek, Omega Air

1025    RAF Voyager Anniversary                        Geoff Winterbottom, Airtanker

                                                                                        Mike Soul, Airtanker

1035    Avionics Upgrades for                               Richard Hayden, ASB Avionics

              International CNS/ARM Compliance

1045    Auto Re-Router and                                    Joe Diner, Rockwell Collins

               the Tanker Mission

1055    FAA Landing Allowances with HUD      Bobby Fowler, Rockwell Collins

              and Enhanced Vision Systems Installed

1105    Aerial Refueling Services and                  Laurent Donnet, SkyTech

              Funding Solutions

1115    AAR Read Across Clearance Process    Jorge de la Fuente, Airbus

1125    Q & A


Studies & Analysis Panel

1130    Introductions                                               Tom Swiderek, Omega Air

1135    Aerial Refueling Model (ARM)                James Donovan, AMC/A9

              Overview and Demonstration

1145    Delivering Aerial Refueling Offload      Jeff Baker, Eaton Aerospace

              Solutions to the War Fighter

1155    Q & A


Test & Evaluation Panel

1200    Introductions                                                 Christopher Nickell, NAVAIR

1215    Airbus Flight Test Activities                      Jorge de la Fuente

1225    E-2D Aerial Refueling                                  LCDR Joe Breeden, US Navy

                      - An Afterthought

1235    Air Refueling Test and Evaluation           WGCDR Gregory Pasfield, RAAF

              An Essential Enabler for Air Power

              in the Western Pacific

1245    Q & A

1250    Plenary Session Wrap-up, Adjourn


1400     Focus Topic Seminars

                     Meeting Rooms TBD


               Automated Aerial Refueling - Modeling and Simulation

                                   Moderator: Steve McLaughlin, NAVAIR


                          1) Architecture and Physics of model

                          2) Overall Model Performance, Validation

                               and Verification Efforts

                                       Discuss success/failures and source of validation data

                           3) Applications of Model

                                        Discuss planned applications of M&S

                                        (Certification, relative performance, "what if" studies)


                Aerial Refueling Operations

                                  Moderators: Major General Kenneth D. Lewis, USAF/RE

                                                            Col James (Slim) Morgan, USAF, Ret.

1600    Seminars Adjourn


Sunday, 22 April

NATO Air-to-Air Refueling Working Group (attendance by invitation only)

0800 – 1400                           Lt Col Edwin Markie, USAF/JAPCC


ARSAG Steering Group Meeting

1430 – 1730                          Moderator: Dexter H. Kalt, ARSAG Executive Director

 Thursday, 27 April


Monday, 23 April

0700   Registration, Check-In, Badging Open           Ballroom Foyer


ARSAG Workshop / JSB Meeting*

0800    Introductions                     Lieutenant General John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                             ARSAG Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

0815    Meeting Minutes from                   Farhad Choudhury, NAVAIR, JSB Chair

              Sept 2017 Meeting Agenda

0830    ARSAG Workshop Review               Dex Kalt, ARSAG Executive Director

0845    JAPCC/NATO Report                        Lt Col Edwin Markie, JAPCC

0900    Working Group In-Briefs                Working Group Leads:

                                                                              WG 1 Eric Pepple, AFLCMC/WKE

                                                                               WG 2 Tom Cavallaro, NAVAIR

                                                                                WG 3 John Luu, AFLCMC/WKE

                                                                                WG 4 Greg Twyford, Boeing

                                                                                WG 5 Jacob Benscoter, CASS

                                                                                 WG 5a Steve McLaughlin, NAVAIR

                                                                                  WG 6 Harry Slusher, Boeing

0915    Working Groups Convene

1200    Lunch

1300    Working Groups Re-Convene

1545    Working Group Out-Briefs Working Group Leads

1625    Wrap-Up Dexter H. Kalt, ARSAG Executive Director

1630    Adjourn


        *ARSAG Workshops are open to military/government and industry

                            representatives of NATO nations and Australia.


Briefers Meeting

Presidio Ballroom

1715 – 1730     Instructions / Speakers’ Information Dissemination Form

1730 – 1830     All Presenters Submit Electronic Copy of Briefing




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