ARLINGTON, Va., April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association is pleased to announce Erin Conaton, Under Secretary of the Air Force, as the guest speaker for the May session of the AFA Air Force Breakfast Program Series, to be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel.
Ms. Conaton is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 334,000 men and women on active duty; 176,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve; 170,000 civilians; and their families. She also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $110 billion and serves as acting Secretary of the Air Force in the Secretary's absence.
From 2007 until her current appointment, Ms. Conaton served as the Staff Director of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, where she directed the overall operations, strategic planning and substantive agenda of the committee, to include drafting and overseeing the annual defense authorization bill.
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; General Gary L. North, Commander of Pacific Air Forces; and General Loren M. Reno, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
The Sheraton Crystal City Hotel is located at 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington VA, 22202.
The AFA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit www.AFA.org.
SOURCE Air Force Association