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The Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) present the Global Expeditionary Logistics Symposium: "Logistics and the Fighting Stance: Competition, Crisis, and Conflict"  August 06-08, 2024 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.

The Global Expeditionary Logistics Symposium is a three-day conference that aims to advance communication and innovation among industry partners, the Marine Corps, the Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, Academia, and all members of the supply chain professional community. Our Symposium provides a space to promote innovation, cooperation, communication, and most importantly, collaboration among members of the supply chain professional community.

Prices                 Early Bird                Regular
                           (ends 7/1/24)       

Industry:                $450                     $500

Active Military/
Government:          $0                        $0

For our Active Military and Government attendees, there is a $45 dollar optional Networking Lunch Package available for purchase separately.

*All Events Will Take Place in the Peebles Foyer at the Ferguson Center Unless Otherwise Noted*

Tuesday, August 6: Competition

7:30-8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

Peebles Foyer

8:30-9:00 am AMCL President - “State of AMCL and Introduction to GELS”

Main Stage

  • Kirk Spangenberg, President and Co-Founder, AMCL
  • Dr. Nathan Busch, Distinguished Professor, CNU, Co-Director Center for American Studies
  • Phillip Jones, Mayor of Newport News
  • GELS Emcee, Brandon Smart

9:00-9:50 am Keynote Speaker: HON Chris Lowman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

Main Stage

9:50-10:20 am Extended Vendor Break

10:20-10:50 am Daily Wargaming Scene Setter

Main Stage

10:50-11:00 am Networking Break

11:00-11:50 am Panel: Competing Logistics

Main Stage Moderator: Kevin Sampels, NDIA

  • Phil Reeves, ASRC Federal (Panel Sponsor)
  • Col Joe Garaux, 2D Marine Logistics Group
  • COL Paul Nelson, AUS, Liaison to Joint Staff
  • Ms. Kathy Welch, TRANSCOM, Logistics Management Institute

1:00-1:50 pm Keynote Speaker: BGen Forrest Poole, DC I&L (Logistics Division)

Main Stage

1:50-2:00 pm Networking Break

2:00-2:50 pm Panel: Data's/AI's Role in War, Data Challenges in Logistics/Supply Chain Planning

Main Stage Moderator: Dr. Harry “Butch” Dreany, AI Development Lead, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

  • Justin Woulfe, Systecon STO (Panel Sponsor)
  • Mr. George Forbes, Air Force
  • LtCol Jack Long, Acting Navy Chief AI Officer, Office of Naval Research
  • Mr. Robert ‘Pat’ Sullivan, Highly Qualified Expert, US Army
  • Kristen Meehan, USMC Service Data Office

2:50-3:00 pm Networking Break

3:00-3:50 pm Panel: Preparing the Force for 21st Century Logistics

Main Stage Moderator: Curtis Hudson, MITRE

  • Col Thomas Kisch, EWTGLANT (INVITED)
  • Joe Lomangino, Project Tripoli
  • Col Sean Welch (TBD)
  • LtCol Pedro Ortiz (CDAO) (TBD)

3:50-4:00 pm Networking Break

4:00-5:00 pm Keynote Speaker: TBD

Main Stage

5:00-6:00 pm President’s Social

Peebles Foyer

Wednesday, August 7: Crisis

8:00-8:30 am Breakfast / Registration

Peebles Foyer

8:30-9:00 am Daily Wargaming Scene Setter

Main Stage

9:00-9:50 am Keynote: Recruiting the Future: Critical Challenges

Main Stage

  • MG Michelle Donahue, CASCOM CG (INVITED)
  • MajGen Bill Bowers, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command

9:50-10:00 pm Networking Break

10:00-10:50 am Panel: Maritime Mobility and the Littoral Distribution Web

Main Stage Moderator: SCPO (ret), SEAL, Nick Rocha, Neptune Shield

  • Ben Mathews, Director of Defense Programs, REGENT Craft (Panel Sponsor)
  • MSgt Brandon Dillard, Logistics Operations School (INVITED)
  • MSgt Josh Owen, Combat Logistics Battalion 8
  • Army Watercraft Rep (INVITED)
  • Military Sealift Command Rep (INVITED)

10:50-11:20 am Extended Vendor Break

11:20-12:00 pm Fireside Chat: Crisis Logistics

Main Stage

  • BGen Michael McWilliams, Joint Expeditionary Capabilities Command
  • Col Joe Garaux, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-1:50 pm Main Stage Panel: Global Positioning Network

Main Stage Moderator: Col Aaron Angell (TBD)

  • Scott Prouse, CGI Federal (Panel Sponsor)
  • Dan Elzie, Marine Corps Force Storage Command (INVITED)
  • Army Sustainment Center of Excellence Rep (INVITED)
  • Naval Supply Systems Command Rep (INVITED)

1:00-1:50 pm Breakout Panel: Strategic Corporals of Culebra - Frontline Innovation and Improvisation

Torggler Theatre

  • 4th Marine Logistics Group (TBD)

1:50-2:00 pm Networking Break

2:00-2:50 pm Panel: Building Undisruptable Warfighting Installations at Home and Abroad

Main Stage Moderator: Eric Hahn, Naval Postgraduate School Energy Academic Group

  • Peter Shull, American Glassware (Panel Sponsor)
  • Keith Benson, Energy Director, Commander Naval Installations Command
  • Randolph Horner, Renewable New York LLC
  • Kenneth Hughes, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation

2:50-3:00 pm Networking Break

3:00-3:50 pm Main Stage Panel: Commanding Energy

Main Stage Moderator: TBD

  • Shawn Charchan, CANA
  • Jim Caley, Director of Operational Energy, US Navy (INVITED)
  • Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Rep (INVITED)

3:00-3:50 pm Breakout Panel: Aviation Distribution Network

Torggler Theater Moderator: TBD

  • FUELTRAX Speaker (TBD)
  • LtCol Jake Wilde, HQMC DC Aviation, Aviation Ground Support
  • MGySgt Jason Elson, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab
  • MAGTF Deployment and Distribution Operations Center Rep (TBD)

3:50-4:00 pm Networking Break

4:00-5:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Gen (Ret.) David Berger, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps

Main Stage

5:00-5:30 pm Awards Ceremony

Main Stage

5:30-TBD pm Awards Reception

Peebles Foyer

Thursday, August 8: Conflict

8:00-8:30 am Breakfast & Networking

Peebles Foyer

8:30-9:00 am Daily Wargaming Scene Setter

Main Stage

9:00-9:50 am Fireside Chat: Logistics in Conflict

Main Stage Moderator: Col Matt Hakola, Director of Logistics, MARCENT (INVITED)

  • COL Dennis Rohler, Virginia National Guard (INVITED)
  • Col Vianesa Vargas, USAFR
  • Maj Kevin Wheeler, 3D Marine Littoral Regiment (INVITED)
  • LCDR William “Wes” Shields, Navy, (INVITED)

9:50-10:00 am Vendor Break

10:00-10:50 am Panel: Industrial Supply Chain and Distribution: Deterring Vulnerabilities

Main Stage Moderator: Col Howard Marotto

  • Eric Schnell, Craitor
  • Col Jason Kalin, Defense Logistics Agency
  • CWO3 Matt Pine, Panelist (INVITED)
  • Col Eric Penrod, NAVSUP, Panelist (INVITED)
  • LtCol Mike Radigan, CAMRE (INVITED)

10:50-11:20 am Vendor Break

11:20-12:00 pm Closing Keynote: MG (ret) Ed Dorman, S10 Consulting (TBD)

Main Stage

12:00pm Closing Remarks

  • Kirk Spangenberg, President and Co-Founder, AMCL

TBD Wargaming Wrap-up (Optional)

  • Location: TBD

For a downloadable campus map click here

Directions to Campus:
The conference will take at Christopher Newport University, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA. 23606. Click here for directions to Campus

Registration and Conference Venue:
Registration and the main conference site for the 2024 GELS will be located in the Peebles Theatre in Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts (bldg 12 on the above map).

Please park in Christopher Newport University's Visitor Lot (parking lot B). There will be additional parking available in the parking deck (bldg 13).

Link to Sponsorship information

Link to GELS Sponsorship portal

Sponsorship for the Global Expeditionary Logistics Symposium

We anticipate over 300+ attendees from the professional logistics community. Join a community of logistics professionals at the GELS and participate in interactive and collaborative sessions, share experiences, and access the latest research to mitigate logistics risks and strategize for long-term success.

Our guests include distinguished logistics leaders and professionals from the military, private industry, academia, research and development labs, acquisition and technology professionals, and more.

Our sponsorship and exhibit hall provide opportunities in education, training, and marketing that equate to a generous return on investment that satisfies our attendees and sponsors year after year!

For a full sponsorship prospectus, including detailed description of opportunities, please click here.

Contact us for more information or any questions.
Greg Lewis, GELS Lead Coordinator,
Nathan Busch, CAS Co-Director, CNU,