Commander, NATO Allied Air Command Izmir, to Speak at AFA's February Air Force Breakfast

Jan 31, 2013, 09:16 ET from Air Force Association

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association welcomes Lt. Gen. Ralph J. Jodice II, the current Commander of NATO's Allied Air Component Command Headquarters at Izmir, Turkey, as the guest speaker for the February installment of AFA's Air Force Breakfast Program. This session will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 7:00 a.m.9:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

Allied Air Command Izmir is subordinate to Allied Joint Force Command Naples and is solely responsible for command and control, oversight, planning, coordination and execution of all air-related tasks in NATO's Southern Region. The command contributes to the security peace, stability and territorial integrity of alliance member states throughout its area of functional responsibility.

General Jodice began his career as a propulsion structural durability engineer before attending undergraduate pilot training where he was a distinguished graduate. His aviation assignments include fighter pilot, instructor pilot, flight examiner, flight commander, assistant operations officer, and operations officer. Operational overseas assignments include England, South Korea and two deployments to Saudi Arabia: one in 1991 post-Desert Storm and the second in 1995, as a squadron commander, in support of Operation Southern Watch. 

The Air Force Breakfast Program is a monthly series that provides a venue for senior Air Force and Department of Defense leaders to communicate directly with the public and the press. Past speakers include Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley; former Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz; and Dr. Mark T. Maybury, Chief Scientist of the Air Force.

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The Sheraton Crystal City is located at 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202.

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.  To accomplish this, we:

  • EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security;
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