Fall Meeting Agenda

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Sunday, XXXX

XXXX–XXX pm Registration desk is open


Monday, October 22

7:00 am–6:00 pm Registration desk is open
7:00–7:45 am Coffee and tea
8:00–9:30 am Transportation Academy–Session A
9:30–10:00 am Break
10:00–11:30 am Transportation Academy–Session B
11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–1:30 pm Logistics & Transportation at the ‘Deck Plates’ – Readiness Challenges for Tomorrow’s Empowered and Agile Workforce

Moderator: CMSgt Matt Caruso, USTRANSCOM Senior Enlisted Leader. Members: CSM Christopher Kepner, Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard; CMDCM Shaun Brahmsteadt, Senior Enlisted Leader, Defense Logistics Agency; CMSgt Sandra Scott, Traffic Management Career Field Manager, Headquarters Air Force; SgtMaj Anthony Spadaro, Senior Enlisted Leader, Indo-PACOM;

1:30–2:00 pm Break
2:00–3:30 pm Transportation Academy–Session C
3:30–4:00 pm Break
4:00–5:30 pm Transportation Academy–Session D
5:30–7:00 pm NDTA Welcome Reception


Tuesday, October 23

7:00 am–6:00 pm Registration desk is open
7:00–7:45 am NDTA Networking and Refreshments
8:00–8:15 am Opening Ceremony
8:15–9:10 am Keynote: LtGen John Broadmeadow, Deputy Commander, USTRANSCOM
9:10–9:30 am Keynote: Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administrator
9:30–9:55 am Break
10:00–11:15 am “Evolving the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise to the new National Defense Strategy” – Combined Service and CCMD J4s

Moderator:  Honorable Robert McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment; LtGen Charles Chiarotti, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, U.S. Marine Corps; LTG Darrell Williams, Director, Defense Logistics Agency; RADM Paul Verrastro, Director of Logistics, U.S. European Command; Lt Gen Warren Berry, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters US Air Force; RADM John Polowczyk, Vice Director for Logistics Joint Staff, J4

11:15 am–1:30 pm Lunch Expo Hall
1:30–3:00 pm Transportation Academy–Session E
3:00–3:30 pm Break
3:30–5:00 pm Transportation Academy–Session F
5:00–7:00 pm NDTA Chairman’s Reception Expo Hall


Wednesday, October 24

7:00 am–4:00 pm Registration desk is open
6:45–7:30 am NDTA Networking and Refreshments
7:45–8:45 am NDTA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation
8:45–9:15 am Industry Keynote: Tom Crowley Jr, CEO, Crowley Maritime Corp.
9:15–9:45 am Break
9:45–11:00 am Industry Roundtable: “Commercial Industry – USTRANSCOM’S Fourth Component”
Moderator: Mr. Pete Mento, VP Global Trade and Managed Services, Crane Worldwide.  Members: Dr. Shashi Kumar, Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training, Dept of Transportation; Capt Alex Soukhanov, Cyber Director, Moran Shipping; Capt Nate Gandy, Commandant of Midshipmen and Dean of Maritime Training, Maine Maritime Academy; Abby Freeman, International Trade Compliance Manager, Sierra Nevada Corp; Dan Annunziata, Director, North American Surface Transportation, CH Robinson
11:00–11:30 am Keynote:  Dr. Peter K. Navarro, Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy
11:30 am–1:30 pm Lunch Expo Hall
1:30–3:00 pm Transportation Academy–Session G
3:00–3:30 pm Break
3:30–5:00 pm Transportation Academy–Session H
5:00–7:00 pm NDTA President’s Reception *Featuring Live Music from the Norfolk Southern-The Lawman*

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Expo Hall


Thursday, October 25

7:00–7:45 am NDTA Networking and Refreshments
8:00–11:30 am NDTA Committee Meeting–Cybersecurity
8:00–11:30 am NDTA Committee Meeting–Distribution
8:00–11:30 am NDTA Committee Meeting–MAAC
8:00–11:30 am NDTA Committee Meeting–Sealift
7:30–11:30 am NDTA Committee Meeting–Surface


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