48th Dixie Crow Symposium Breaks Records


The 48th Dixie Crow Symposium, held March 24-28, realized a $2.99M economic impact on Houston County and the local Warner Robins Community. The Dixie Crow Chapter facilitates the objectives “Advancing Electromagnetic Warfare TOGETHER” of the Association of Old Crows through social events, technical symposia, monthly newsletter and monthly meetings with guest speakers. The symposium is an annual event – attended by representatives from defense industry, academia and government (military and civil service). In addition to being a forum for technical interchange, the symposium is also a major fundraiser, supporting the Dixie Crow Scholarship Education Foundation and providing donations to various local universities, schools and charitable organizations.

Since 1979, the chapter has awarded a total of $1.424M to provide financial assistance to deserving individuals pursuing a degree in engineering/hard sciences with the potential for enhancing the field of electronic warfare and the electromagnetic spectrum. The Dixie Crow Chapter also supports the Museum of Aviation Foundation and the National STEM Academy through contributions and hands on support more than $230,000 to benefit the Robins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation EW Exhibit and STEM activities.

The 48th Dixie Crow Symposium was record breaking on many fronts:
• 1,500+ Registered Attendees
• Welcome Reception Sponsored by the City of Warner Robins
• March, 26 was proclaimed “Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Day” by City of Warner Robins Mayor LaRhonda Patrick
• 59 Vendors Exhibited, with six more on the waiting list
• Most Ever Sponsorship Dollars Raised ($84.2k) – Monetary and In Kind

EMS Short Course – “Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) – The Driving Force for EW Cooperation”
• Facilitated by Kevin Stilwell and Bryan Johnson, the course had more than 120 people in attendance

Hinks welcomed attendees prior to Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.’s remarks during the plenary session, mingled with attendees and exhibitors in the exhibit hall throughout the event and the exhibitor reception in addition to inducting newly elected 2024-25 Dixie Crow Incoming President Rodney Brooks and board members during the Annual Dinner Banquet.

Keynote Speaker – Gen. George W. Casey

• $4,000 Provided to Local Schools for STEM – 11th Annual Crows N.E.S.T.

Schools Amount
Houston County High School    $1,000
Northside High School       $500
Veterans High School       $500
Hawkinsville High School       $500
Northside Middle School       $500
Sacred Heart – Elem & MS    $1,000
Total Donations    $4,000

2023 Total Scholarship/STEM Contributions = $65,200.00


  • John Wayne Carter Invitational – 34 Teams – 130 registered; 135 showed




• Museum EW Exhibit Refresh – F-4 Cockpit pushed back into the Electronic Air Force Exhibit!
The Dixie Crow Chapter of the AOC continues to lead the charge for refreshing the EW Exhibit at the Museum of Aviation Robins AFB, GA with the help of defense partners BAE Systems, TERMA, Inc., Lockheed Martin, and The Sign Store, Macon, GA.
The Chapter was eager to share the next phase of EW Exhibit updates with the attendees during the 48th Dixie Crow Symposium on Wednesday, 27 March 2024 by cutting the symbolic red ribbon for the F4 Cockpit to officially rejoin the Exhibit and to reveal the new F-16 Mural, artist rendering by Young Crow Angel M. Harris.

MoA EW Exhibit F-16 Mural Unveiling Ribbon Cutting – Thank you to Col. Jake Elsass, AFSC-EN OL-R; Col. Jeff Brett, USAF (ret.) MoAF CEO/President; Col. Sergio Rios, 78ABW/CV; Angel M. Harris, Artist; Col. Marc Lewis, AFLCMC/WNY SML; Mike Dostie, AFLCMC/WNY Chief Engineer; Lisa K. Frugé-Cirilli; Adam Delestowicz, Dixie Crow Chapter President; Col. Ken Emery, USAF (ret.), MoA Director; Wayne Ayer, AFSC/EN Director; Lt. Col. Gene “Joker” McFalls, USAF (ret.), RTX; Rodney Brooks, Incoming Dixie Crow Chapter President; Melissa Spalding, Vice President, MoAF; Maj. Brandon Coleman, AOC Southern Regional Director; Brian “Hinks” Hinkley, AOC President; Lt. Col. Jimmie Perez, ALFMC/WNY ML.

For several years now, the Dixie Crow Chapter has slowly been modernizing the technology in the museum’s “Electronic Air Force” EW Exhibit, specifically reaching closure updating the F-4 cockpit with a HUD, TERMA 3D audio and active noise reduction software with display and surround sound audio and adding a joystick with on/off capability for a virtual pilot experience as well as reducing the stairway access footprint.

Continued Exhibit Refresh Efforts on the Horizon
• F-16 Mural Additions
• AN/ALQ-131 w/FOTD Dispenser attached – Thank you AFSOC
* AN/ALE-55 Towed Decoy Being Dispensed in Mid-Air – Thank you BAE Systems
* F-16 Model Suspended as Additional Wing Man
• Audio Created explaining scenario accessible by QR Code
• B-52 EW Station Refresh – Working with Boeing for assistance
• Adding Chaff Simulation w/button activation to CMDS Current Exhibit
• Enhancing of Current Exhibits w/Additional Items and/or Description

Assistance is always appreciated; please reach out to Lisa at [email protected] to help! Thank you to all for your continued support!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – 49TH DIXIE CROW SYMPOSIUM – MARCH 23-26, 2025                       

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