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The Delegate: Issue 1

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Welcome to San Diego! Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient to Speak Wednesday We're thrilled to join you in beautiful San Diego for NATCA's 16th Biennial Convention! This week, we'll discuss issues vital to our Union, discussions that can ensure a strong future for our workforce and for the aviation industry. We thank our delegates and alternates for taking time to represent their facilities, and we look forward to hearing from the convention body this week. The theme of this convention is Salute to Service. Each day, we will highlight a different way our members give to their country, their communities and their Union. Our members are an exceptionally generous and passionate group of people, and we're thrilled to highlight this. Today we honor how our members give to their country, and it's only fitting that we do so at this convention in San Diego, one of two cities in the United States with the largest military presence (Virginia Beach/Norfolk area is the other). Convention is a time for union business and building relationships, but it's also a chance to learn. At NATCA's 15th Biennial Convention in Minneapolis, we held classes and workshops for the first time as part of the program, led by top NATCA leaders. These educational sessions covered many topics important to our Union, such as lessons on local finance, how to build a stronger local, and how to best collaborate. These sessions were such a success that we are making them a permanent part of our conventions. You can find the full list of the classes and workshops we're offering this week in the NATCA Convention app, and in this newspaper. We strongly recommend you take advantage of these educational opportunities. After convention business hours this week, we hope you'll join us at the evening events that will allow us to grow and strengthen the bonds of the NATCA Family, while also supporting the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) and the five official charities of convention: Snowball Express, Shelter to Soldier, Veterans Village of San Diego, Homefront San Diego, and United Soldiers and Sailors of America. All of these wonderful charities support our nation's veterans, members of the military, and their families. Find out more on pages six and seven of this newspaper. Thank you for joining us in "America's Finest City" this week. The work we'll do here is critical to the future of our workforce and the National Airspace System, and to the strength of our union. We hope you enjoy this convention, and San Diego! ✪ Captain Florent A. Groberg distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Asadbad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. On that day, Captain Groberg was leading a dismounted movement consisting of several senior leaders to include two brigade commanders, two battalion commanders, two command sergeants major, and an Afghanistan National Army brigade commander. As they approached the Provincial Governor's compound, Captain Groberg observed an individual walking close to the formation. When the individual made an abrupt turn towards the formation, he noticed an abnormal bulge underneath the individual's clothing. Selflessly placing himself in front of one of the brigade commanders, Captain Groberg rushed forward, using his body to push the suspect away from the formation. Simultaneously, he ordered another member of the security detail to assist with removing the NATCA is honored to have retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg address the convention body today. Capt. Groberg served in the U.S. Army during the war in Afghanistan, where in August 2012, he was severely injured attempting to thwart a suicide bomber. On Nov. 12, 2015, Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his heroic action in Afghanistan. Below is the full citation from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society: ✪ DIGITAL RESOURCES: NATCA MOBILE APP View the 2016 Convention agenda, speaker profiles, hotel maps, and local area information. Access the NATCA Constitution, Robert's Rules of Order, Proposed Amendments and Resolutions, and other NATCA documents via the NATCA mobile app. These documents can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. To download, visit the app store on your mobile device. ✪ RESOLUTIONS/UNTIMELY AMENDMENTS: GUIDELINES For inclusion in the afternoon's business, resolutions and untimely amendments must be submitted in writing, only after the rules have been passed, and before 11:30 a.m. of the day on which they can be heard. Submissions can be made using the form at Visit that URL directly or scan the QR code at left. The Delegate Paul Rinaldi President Trish Gilbert Executive Vice President Hamid Ghaffari Western Pacific Regional Vice President P U B L I S H E D F O R N ATC A ' S 1 6 t h B I E N N I A L CO N V E N T I O N W E D N E S DAY, A U G U ST 3 1 , 2 01 6 co nt i n u e d o n p a ge 3

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