In consultation with the Department of Defense and to ensure the best possible 2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference, AFA is instituting new, enhanced requirements to protect the health and safety of all attendees and to limit the spread of COVID-19. To obtain a badge and attend the conference in-person, attendees will be required to present:

– For Department of the Air Force (DAF) and non-DAF attendees, proof of vaccination, such as a vaccine card or digital vaccine passport, indicating the attendee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For DAF personnel, see Department of Air Force guidance for attendance to ensure you comply.


– For non-DAF attendees only, proof of a negative test result from a COVID-19 test obtained within three days of arrival at the conference venue No exceptions will be made. Individuals unable to present the required documentation should update their registration to a virtual-only option.

We strongly urge registrants to make use of advance badging on Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19. Please bring your proof of vaccination or negative test results and a valid government-issued ID. During this time, badges may also be picked up for a colleague by providing all of the following: Colleague’s confirmation email with barcode or the colleague’s registration number A copy of their vaccination card or — for non-DAF attendees only — a copy of their negative test result.

Note: Your colleague will not be able to re-print the badge during peak registration periods; it is your responsibility to deliver early badges to their rightful owner. In addition, as previously stated, AFA and the Gaylord National are following health protection requirements set forth by Prince George’s County, Md., mandating all attendees wear masks indoors, except while eating or drinking. We recognize these requirements are inconvenient and that changing them at this late date may present a hardship to some. However, in keeping with our theme for this year’s conference “Air and Space Leadership for our Nation – Today and Tomorrow,” we must accept that leadership in pandemic times requires extra precautions and sacrifice by all. Prudent measures such as these are the only way we can ensure the safety and health of our participants and the full participation of the Department of the Air Force. After two consecutive virtual conferences, we join you in the excitement and anticipation of AFA’s 2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference as a welcome return to in-person meetings.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you there!

Gerald R. Murray, CMSAF, USAF (Ret) Chairman of the Board

Lt Gen Bruce “Orville” Wright, USAF (Ret.) President