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SMi Group Ltd

Global Event Producing Company

The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest Quality Events in Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors, which are timely, relevant and important to you and your company!

We pride ourselves on being connected to the best and most Knowledgeable Expert speakers in your business sector. We believe in bringing you together with your peers in order to Learn, Engage, Share and Network with the very best. We hold events in over 30 major cities throughout the world including London, Paris, Singapore and have welcomed over 200k participants from 80 countries to our events.

We are Experts in knowing Experts and have been bringing you this Expertise since 1993!

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Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling - 12/09/2016

MCCE and USTRANSCOM confirm their speakers - Volga-Dnepr and World Fuel Services join as event sponsors

SMi’s 17th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on 29th - 30th November 2016 in Florence, will feature senior military, multinational commands and expert industry speakers providing a comprehensive overview of strategic and tactical airlifts in Europe.

The two-day event will also enable you to participate in discussions on interoperability enhancement and how emerging technology will impact next-generation airlift capabilities.

Military speakers added to the agenda:

  • Colonel Franck Verdierre, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe
  • Colonel Jeff Menasco, USTRANSCOM Liaison to USEUCOM, USAFRICOM and NATO, United States Transportation Command

Our new sponsor, Volga-Dnepr, has confirmed the following speaker:

  • Colon Miller, Global Director, Government & Defense Programs, Volga-Dnepr

The 2016 Speaker Panel also features:

  • Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling, European Defence Agency
  • Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga, Commanding Officer of the 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
  • Major General Christian Badia, Commander, European Air Transport Command
  • Colonel Thomas Torkelson, Commander of 100 Aerial Refuelling Wing, US Air Force Europe
  • Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum, Vice Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
  • Colonel Torgeir Aas, Commander of the Gardermoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Colonel Eric Renaut, Chief Resources Support Branch, EU Military Staff
  • Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE
  • Group Captain Andrew Killey, Assistant Head of DSCOM, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Group Captain Martin Cunningham, Chief of Staff - Air Mobility Headquarters, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • Michele Rega, Fixed Wing Officer, European Defence Agency
  • Wiek Noldus, Programme Manager, Airlift Management Programme, NSPA
  • Kenneth Carhart, Consultant, NSPA

To view the full speaker line-up and updated conference brochure, visit

Plus, don't miss the post-conference complimentary site visit to the Pisa Air Force Base on 1st December 2016:
Following SMi’s 17th Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, all delegates are invited to our post-conference site visit to the Pisa Air Force base. Transport will be provided to and from the conference hotel for this visit, where delegates will have the opportunity visit the facilities and the aircraft.

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