1,000 Air Force officers land in Oklahoma for military logistics conference

By DALE DENWALT | The Oklahoman | Published: October 8, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Tribune News Service) — More than 1,000 U.S. Air Force officers will be in Oklahoma this week for a professional conference on logistics, aircraft maintenance and acquisition.

The annual symposium organized by the nonprofit Logistics Officer Association will be the second in a row for Oklahoma City. Having the conference here introduces Air Force officers who might someday be stationed at Tinker Air Force Base.

"There are so many logisticians at Tinker with the (Air Force) Sustainment Center being there. It just kind of makes sense," said Jackie Jastrzebski, public affairs officer for the Logistics Officer Association.

The symposium takes place Tuesday through Friday at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel.

Along with active duty and reserve personnel traveling to Oklahoma City, dozens of companies will be on hand to exhibit the latest technology and other products available to the military. There will be virtual and augmented reality demonstrations and a virtual aircraft hangar.

Each day officers and business partners will discuss best practices during seminars. In a broad sense, logistics refers to personnel who support the military with design and acquisition, supply, maintenance and transport.

"Just giving people a chance to stand in the same room, the military people can speak from first-hand experience, like these are the problems that I'm trying to solve," Jastrzebski said. "And then we have these industry professionals who have the ability to maybe solve some of these problems. It's a forum to have conversations like that, and hopefully move forward into the future."

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