Commercial, Public Service

AMTC Keynote Speakers Announced

By By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief | August 26, 2014

The Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) is less than a month away and is being staged at the Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn., from September 22 to 24.

Keynote speakers include Bruce Crandall on Monday, September 22. Candall was the first winner of the Helicopter Heroism Award presented by the Aviation/Space Writers Association for two daring nighttime landings under fire to rescue 12 badly wounded men during Operation MasherWhite Wing in January 1966, while serving in Vientman. He completed two tours of duty during that conflict.

On Tuesday, September 23, General Jack Ramsaur will share keynote duties with Captain Richard L. Hughey. Ramsaur has flown for the U.S. Air Force and for FedEx for more than 20 years. He is on the Board of Directors with “Wings World Wide” – The Air Medical Foundation, which organizers the delivery of humanitarian aid (personnel, equipment and supplies) both domestically and in response to international disasters. He retired from the USAF as a Major General in August 2011. 


Hughey has 28 years of military and 18 years of civil aviation experience, also with the FedEx Corporation. His experience led him to attaining the highest rating as an airline transport pilot, naval aviator (USN), and command pilot (USAF). Hughey has more than 7500 combined flight hours. Following an engaging military career in a wide variety of conflict areas, including operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Global War on Terrorism, he subsequently developed an interest in safety and fatigue factors and how these issues affect human performance, alertness and safety. 

The final keynote will be presented on Wednesday, September 24 by retired LTG Anthony (Tony) R. Jones. He served as vice president and senior site executive for Boeing Huntsville from July 2008 and, prior to that, as vice president for Training Systems and Services (TSS).

Jones’ aviation operational and management experience over two decades was earned through assignments including Special Operations and as the Director of Current Operations for HQ U.S. Army in the Pentagon, as well as J3, Joint Staff, as the Deputy Director of Operations.

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