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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.

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Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference - 11/10/2016

Jetex to exhibit & Latest delegates include Lockheed Martin, NATO TIDE Sprint, Omni Air International and Adagold Aviation

Join us at the 17th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on the 29th and 30th November 2016 in Florence, Italy.

Don't miss the chance to hear from an international line-up of senior military, multinational commands and expert industry speakers who will provide 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.

Chairman for 2016:

Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling, European Defence Agency

Host Nation Address from:

Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga, Commanding Officer of the 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force

The 2016 speaker line-up also features:

  • Major General Christian Badia, Commander, European Air Transport Command
  • Colonel Johan van Soest, A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Programme Steering Group Chairman, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • 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 Daniel Lemon, Division Chief, Logistics Operations, United States Africa Command, US 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 conference programme, visit

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