Main Day 1 - New Approaches, New Results in the USAF

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration & Networking

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Innovation in Flight Training

Brigadier General Brenda Cartier - Vice Commander, 19th Air Force, USAF

Since its reactivation in 1993, the 19th Airforce has been at the forefront of developing the world’s most able and agile airmen. This keynote session will see Major General Craig Wills discuss the latest challenges for reducing costs while maintaining effective training at Air Force Academy Airmanship program, which oversees almost half of the Air Force’s annual flying hours.


Brigadier General Brenda Cartier

Vice Commander, 19th Air Force

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Enhancing Pragmatic and Determined Leadership Across the Flight Training Continuum Using Innovation and Cost-Based Solutions

General Mark D. Kelly - Commander, Air Combat Command, USAF

The Air Force is in the midst of a radical change in flight training with the addition of the T-7A jet trainer and numerous innovations in ground-based virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Taken together, these Air Force initiatives, which make up the Reforge program, are a part of a larger plan that is designed to fix deficiencies and reduce the time for pilot training from 40 to as few as 22 months. This session will examine how the ACC is bringing determined leadership to accelerate pilot training while at the same time reducing cost and spurring innovation.


General Mark D. Kelly

Commander, Air Combat Command

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Break

Modern aviation training is benefitting from innovative technologies and new training techniques. As experienced aviators know, these have come with inherent reductions in aircraft hours and may lead to decreased airmanship in new pilots. This session will examine the benefits and gaps of using these innovations, what further research may be required, and how Patriots Global Training is leveraging a balance of innovation/live flying to provide a turnkey, industry leading flight training solution.  


Brigadier General Lance Bunch (Ret.)

Advisory Board Member
Patriots Global Training



Brendan "Darcee" Pierce (Ret.) RCAF

Deputy Head of Training

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break

This session will provide an update on the JSTE and its applications for flight training across the military. A specific focus will be on using training environments to maintain warfighter readiness across the battlespace, as well as developments in simulator and LVC technology that are being used and sought for integration. 


Colonel Robert Epstein

Commander, Air Force Agency for Modeling & Simulation (AFAMS)