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Welcome to the 2017 Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Symposium

CDR BaileyThe theme for this year’s Symposium is “Multi-Mission Superiority.” Our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are deployed around the world every day, maintaining freedom on the high seas, bolstering our allies and building partner nation capacity, We do this across a wide range of mission sets within the Carrier Strike Group, Expeditionary Strike Group, Special Purpose MAGTFs, JSOACs and National Strike Force. We are also intricately joined across our services, routinely operating together in the Amphibious Ready Group, on LEDETS and with MSSTs, to name a few. You can look in any AOR around the world and you will find elements of our services operating to render aid and assistance, keep the peace, or take down the enemy.
As threats and platforms evolve, rotary wing will be pivotal to the future of our great nation, just as we always have been in the past. Rotary wing warriors and the unique mission sets we excel in are at the heart of our maritime strategy. We are the “flexible, agile and ready force”. At this very moment our Sea Services are operating around the world in every ocean. As threats and technology evolve, now is the time to discuss how we operate, in our unique service or platform specific roles, and in the overlapping mission sets we share. How do we improve integration, better prepare for combat or disaster relief operations, and what future mission sets must we prepare for?
We hope that you enjoy the program that we have planned for this year’s Symposium and encourage you to get involved with NHA and provide your inputs. Your thoughts are important as we continue to move the rotary wing community forward. Enjoy the Symposium and Fly Safe!

                                                                                                    - CDR Shawn "Opie" Bailey, USN
                                                                                                       VP Symposium 2017


Welcome to our New NHA President

CDR HerrFellow Rotary Aviators! Welcome to the Navy Helicopter Association. I am humbled by the nomination to serve as your NHA President. It’s an honor to serve in any capacity that furthers the success of our great profession, and all the men and women of the naval helicopter community. Fair winds and following seas to CDR Shawn “OPIE” Bailey, our outgoing NHA President, whose leadership and dedication have truly raised the bar. Opie and I have served together in the past and I have once again been able to observe his stellar leadership over the past year at NHA. Opie – congratulations on your selection for Major Command and I wish you and your family all the best!
This is truly an exciting time for rotary wing aviation. As we see the maturity of the “Master Helo CONOPS”, and the groundbreaking tactical innovations that our community has developed over the past few years, I look forward to a bright future. The exceptional capabilities and qualities our aircrews bring to the Naval Aviation team ensure we will remain the world’s finest Navy. I look forward to working with our national and regional leaders to better serve you – our members, in bringing our community together in ways that stimulate thought, build esprit de corps, and help the community continue moving forward into a bright future.
This is your NHA and we value your feedback. Please let us know how we can better serve you. If you know someone in our profession who is not a member, please spread the word. I look forward to hearing from you and the journey ahead. Keep your turns up!

                                                                                                     Very Respectfully,
                                                                                                                  Chris “Shooter” Herr              

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