National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation to Host Naval Aviation Symposium

PENSACOLA, Fla. (PRWEB) April 25, 2018

Glimpse into the history and the future of naval aviation at the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation’s Annual Symposium, May 9-11. This three-day event, on board Pensacola Naval Air Station, will feature a golf tournament on Wednesday, followed by distinguished panelists and speakers on Thursday and Friday inside the National Naval Aviation Museum.

The theme for the Symposium 2018 is “Leadership in the 21st Century.” Starting at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, the first panel will feature awardees of the prestigious VADM James Stockdale Leadership Award who will share their thoughts on command leadership. The 10:45 a.m. session will discuss Leadership Under Stress. Following a 12:15 p.m. luncheon on the Cabot Flight Deck, Pensacola businessman and community leader Quint Studer and Navy Adm. Harry B Harris, Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, will cohost a panel entitled: Leadership in the Private Sector vs. Leadership in the Military – Differences and Similarities, starting at 2 p.m. in the Atrium.

This year, the Foundation’s distinguished guest speaker for Thursday night’s reception is the honorable Thomas B. Modly. As the 33rd under secretary of the Navy, Modly is the Service’s second most senior official. Prior to becoming the under secretary of the Navy, Modly held positions in and out of government. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy as a helicopter pilot. On Thursday evening, following the reception starting at 6 p.m., Modly will speak on naval forces in our national defense. Prior to the keynote speech, Adm. Harris will pass the Grey Owl trophy to Vice Adm. Herman Shelanski. The Grey Owl trophy is bestowed on the longest serving Naval Flight Officer on active duty.

The Symposium will culminate Friday morning in the Atrium as Vice Adm. DeWolfe Millier III, Commander of U.S. Naval Air Forces, moderates a distinguished panel of flag and general officers in a discussion about the current challenges facing naval aviation and its future initiatives.

The Symposium sessions are FREE and open to the public, but panel reservations are required. Golf Tournament reservations are $50 per person, Flight Deck Luncheon reservations are $25 per person and the Thursday evening reception reservations are $75 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation Office at 850-453-2389 or online


Begun in 1987, the Symposium series aims to preserve the rich history and proud heritage of Naval Aviation by highlighting historical events in which U.S. Naval Aviation has played a major role. Each May, the Foundation’s annual symposia attracts an average of 3,000 attendees, among who are active and retired military, defense industry representatives and the general public, as well as extensive coverage by the media.

Previous symposia subjects have included the Battles of Midway, space missions and programs, the Black Sheep Squadron, the Vietnam Wars and Operation Iraqi Freedom with such distinguished guest speakers as former President George H.W. Bush, Governor Jeb Bush and Senator John McCain.

For a full schedule of events, visit For more information or to reserve your seat, call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at (800) 327-5002 or (850) 453-2389, or register online here.


Media Note: Thomas Modly, the under secretary of the Navy, will be available for interviews from the press following his speech on Thursday evening.

For more information about the National Naval Aviation Museum or Foundation, contact Riannon Boven at (850) 453-2389 or


About the National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum, one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Museums in the United States,” features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation, and is one of Florida’s most visited museums. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators and the new Blue Angels 4D Experience. Don’t miss the drama and power of the new laser powered Giant Screen digital theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience, and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is FREE and open to the public. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit


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New Report Identifies Market, Regulatory Challenges to Pumped Storage Hydropower’s Growth

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Hydropower Association (NHA) today released the 2018 Pumped Storage Report, which details both the promise and the challenges facing the U.S. pumped storage hydropower (PSH) industry. PSH, the nation’s largest source of grid-scale energy storage, can help solve some of the most urgent problems facing the electric power sector today. Despite ensuring that electric supply securely matches electric demand and in real-time, market, policy and regulatory burdens continue to hinder its growth.

The Report finds that some of PSH’s key attributes, such as grid reliability and the integration of additional renewable resources, are not adequately compensated within the current environmental and power markets and regulatory constructs. For example, wholesale power market services such as frequency regulation, ramping and spinning reserves are not valued in many of markets today, or valued in one independent system operator’s market rules and product definitions, but not in another. In many cases, these are typically real-time or day-ahead markets and there are no long-term market products where a bulk storage project can attract investors seeking revenue certainty through long-term power purchase agreements or defined value streams.

Cover of the 2018 Pumped Storage Report

PSH project developers also face is a lengthy licensing process. Currently it can take up to ten years before a project to be licensed, built and become operational. In today’s fast-moving energy sector, such a long lead time could render a project obsolete before it is permitted.

“As the need for increased grid reliability and flexibility increases, we need to take a closer look at the market and regulatory policies that undervalue the services that pumped storage provides,” said Jeff Leahey, NHA Deputy Executive Director. “Pumped storage can sustainably grow by 35 GW, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Developing pumped storage, particularly in areas with significant deployments of variable or intermittent generation would significantly improve grid reliability while further reducing the reliance on fossil-fueled generation. For pumped storage to fully realize its growth potential, it requires market policies that appropriately value its grid services and that provide the certainty needed to attract investment.”

In addition to outlining the challenges facing the PSH industry, the Report provides a series of recommendations to guide the energy industry, regulators, and policy makers.

Market and Policy Improvements

  • Develop market products that allow flexible resources to be compensated for providing services that help meet electric grid requirements, including fast responding systems that provide critical capacity during key energy needs.
  • Develop market mechanisms that evaluate energy storage technologies based on their abilities to provide key supporting services to the overall electric grid, taking into consideration project lifecycle costs, performance and energy storage system degradation.
  • Develop market mechanisms and products that recognize the potential energy reliability and security role PSH plays in the domestic electric grid.

Regulatory Improvements

  • Establish an alternative, streamlined licensing process for low-impact pumped storage hydropower, such as off-channel, modular, or closed-loop projects.
  • In regions without competitive wholesale (energy or capacity) markets, require consideration of energy storage resources in state integrated long-term planning processes; including requiring equal consideration with traditional resources.
  • Develop standard evaluation criterion for all forms of energy storage so that different types of energy storage can easily be compared and evaluated.

About Pumped Storage Hydropower

PSH, can act as a “water battery” and help alleviate the tandem challenge of integrating a growing amount of variable renewable resources into the grid while maintaining reliability. It generates power the same way a traditional hydropower plant does, by using a turbine and generator to transform the kinetic energy of falling water into electricity, but with an added feature. A PSH plant can pump water back up hill and store it for later use. That gives PSH the flexibility to inject power into the grid or to absorb it when needed. Both functions are becoming increasingly important for grid stability and reliability.

Today, the United States has 42 existing PSH projects with over 22,000 megawatts of storage capacity, representing more than 97% of all installed capacity of energy storage

California: PSH Pairs Well with Wind and Solar

To illustrate how environmental market policies are effecting PSH, the Report highlights California, which has had to navigate the challenges that come with the rapid deployment of renewable energy. The state’s current Renewable Portfolio Standard calls for renewable energy to meet 50% of its electrical needs by 2030. The California legislature also is considering a bill that would raise that target to 100% by 2045. California already has 10,000 megawatts of grid-connected solar power, the equivalent of about five large nuclear plants, and expects another 4,000 megawatts to come online by 2020.

California is a leader in renewable energy, but managing the integration of increasing amounts of solar and wind generation has become a more acute challenge for grid operators. For instance, solar panels can generate more power than can be used during the middle of the day, but then leave a gap that needs to be filled quickly as the sun sets just as the evening peak load begins to ramp up, which PSH is well suited to address. The excess solar power can be used to pump water back up hill where it can be stored until it is needed to produce power to meet peak evening needs.

PSH can play a key role in California’s energy mix, as the need for flexible assets to integrate variable renewable energy generation technologies.

For more information, and to access the 2018 Pumped Storage Report, go to

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is a nonprofit association dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth of clean, renewable hydropower and marine energy.


LeRoy Coleman
National Hydropower Association

Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Jennifer Pritzker to Contribute One Million Dollars to Army Historical Foundation

CHICAGO (PRWEB) April 25, 2018

Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), through the Pritzker Military Foundation has committed $1 Million to the Army Historical Foundation (AHF), a nonprofit organization who seeks to educate future Americans to fully appreciate the sacrifices that generations of Soldiers have made for the freedoms of the United States.

Established in 1983, AHF was created as a member-based 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Its funding helps to restore historical army buildings, acquire and conserve army historical art and artifacts, support army history educational programs, research, and publication of historical materials on the American Soldier. The foundation also provides support and counsel to private and governmental organizations committed to the same goals.

The Pritzker Military Museum and Library and the AHF both have missions that advance the preservation of military history for future generations, making this collaboration a mutual benefit to both nonprofit organizations.

This one-million-dollar commitment by Colonel Pritzker through the Pritzker Military Foundation, will consist of a $500k program grant and a $500k challenge grant. All of which will go toward the campaign for the National Museum of the United States Military.

“We made our first installments in 2017 of $100k for each portion of the grant – the program and the challenge grants. Our total lifetime giving history to this organization is over $560k,” said Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), founder of the Pritzker Military Foundation and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. “Giving to another foundation that offers the same commitment of honoring those who have served this country is what our foundation is about.”

In addition to this grant, the Pritzker Military Foundation is providing a loan of $10 Million to AHF to aid in the remainder of the construction of the National Army Museum in Virginia, which is expected to be completed in April 2019.

“We are very humbled to receive not only the grants but a generous loan from the Pritzker Military Foundation to make this vision possible,” says Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan USA (Ret.), AHF’s chairman and former president and CEO of the Association of the United States Army, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. “This contribution will allow us to educate further nd inspire Americans about the history of our military.”

The National Army Museum is expected to draw up to 750,000 visitors annually. Located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the museum will offer three major galleries (Soldiers’ Stories, Fighting for the Nation, and The Army and Society), Army Theater, Army Concourse, Veterans’ Hall, Army Art and Special Exhibition Gallery, Medal of Honor Garden, Wall of Honor, Museum Store and the 7,000 square-foot Experiential Learning Center featuring G-STEM-related programs linked to Army activities. The Museum’s main exterior elements will eventually include the Parade Ground and Grandstand, Vehicle Demonstration Track, Army Trail, Amphitheater and Memorial Garden.

Please visit for updates on the construction of the National Army Museum. For more information about the Pritzker Military Foundation, visit or the Pritzker Military Museum and Library

About Pritzker Military Foundation:

The Pritzker Military Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grant making organization furthering the mission and vision of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. The foundation supports organizations that preserve military history and provide essential resource to active military, veterans and families of service members in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. The Pritzker Military Foundation has given more than $4.2 million since its inception in 2017 and has pledged another $7 million in commitments through 2021. To learn more, visit

About Army Historical Foundation:

The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to educate future Americans to fully appreciate the sacrifices that generations of American Soldiers have made to safeguard the freedoms of this nation. Our funding helps to refurbish historical Army buildings, acquire and conserve Army historical art and artifacts, support Army history educational programs, research, and publication of historical materials on the American Soldier, and provide support and counsel to private and governmental organizations committed to the same goals. To learn more, please visit

About the National Army Museum:

The National Army Museum will be located on over 80 acres at Fort Belvoir, VA, less than 30 minutes south of our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. The main building will be approximately 186,000 square feet and display selections from over 15,000 pieces from the Army Art Collection and 30,000 artifacts, documents and images. The vast majority of these rare and priceless artifacts have never been seen by the American people. The Museum will welcome an estimated 500,000 to 750,000 visitors every year.

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