Thursday, March 22, 2007


The 2007 Military Blog Conference

The MILBLOGGERS are at it again. I’ll let Blackfive do the honors of the introduction:

If you are a military blogger or reader of military blogs or a vet or person interested in the military, the 2007 Military Blog Conference in Washington, DC is something you won't want to miss.

On May 4th, all types of military bloggers will descend upon our unsuspecting capital to discuss military blogging issues (military censorship, media relations, homefront and family, caring for the wounded, etc.) and current events.

A lot of milbloggers will be there.  Some will not be able to attend because they will be someplace dangerous.

Pre-registration for the 2007 MilBlog Conference is now open. Registration is $40 per person. The fee covers the cocktail reception on May 4 and the conference/luncheon on May 5.

The first 100 seats are reserved for pre-registrants and are available on a first come/first served basis. Pre-registration will run from March 9 - March 16 and is open only to members of the military community (active-duty, Guard, Reserves, Veterans and family members). Registration will open to the general public on March 17. Seating is limited to 275 people, so be sure to register early.

Click here to register.

Andi of Welcome to Andi’s World has done the heavy lifting of organizing this year’s Conference, as she did in 2006, and she’s done her usual terrific job. She had some help from sponsors and Soldiers' Angels, as well as a planning committee that included John, John, JP and some other guy I won’t mention.

Here’s Andi’s latest update on the Panels:

This year, we'll feature four panels. We're squeezing a lot in but hey, we only do this once a year so we want to make the most of it. Below is a list of panels and confirmed panelists as of today. As confirmations come in, we'll update the site.

From the Front. Moderated by Matt (Blackfive). 8:30 - 10:15

This panel will feature milbloggers who have blogged from Iraq and Afghanistan. True Boots on the Ground.

Confirmed panelists: Bill Roggio, Sgt. Hook, Bill Ardolino

All  in the Family. Moderated by Andi. 10:30 - 11:45

This panel will feature those left behind, mothers and spouses of service members. The Hidden Heroes.

Confirmed panelists:  Sarah, Some Soldier's Mom, ArmyWifeToddlerMom, Becky Davis

Potluck. Moderated by Donovan. 1:00 - 2:30.

This panel will feature an eclectic mix of milbloggers and will focus on a wide range of topics associated with milblogging and the Global War on Terror.

Confirmed panelists: LTC P, Murdoc, Noah Shachtman, Eagle1, Neptunus Lex, Captain Anthony Deiss of CENTCOM

Wounded Warriors, Healers and Angels. Moderated by Chuck Z. 2:45 - 4:30

This panel will focus on our wounded warriors, medics and the organizations which swing into action to help our wounded heroes and their families.

Confirmed panelists: Patti Patton-Bader, Doc in the Box, Mary Ann Phillips, Sandra Edens

On-line chat moderator for all panels: Greyhawk

Tentative Agenda for the 2007 MilBlog Conference

Friday, May 4, 2007: Cocktail Reception (8:00 - 11:00)

Milbloggies will be presented

Saturday, May 5, 2007: Conference (8:00 - 5:00)

8:00-8:30                 Opening Remarks   
8:30-10:15                From the Front   
10:15-10:30              Break
10:30-11:45             All in the Family
11:45-1:00               Lunch 
1:00-2:30                Potluck    
2:30-2:45                 Break    
2:45-4:30                Wounded Warriors, Healers and Angels
4:30                          Closing Remarks

The Venue for the 2007 MilBlog Conference will be The Westin Arlington Gateway. Our cocktail reception Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) will take place at the hotel, as will the conference on Saturday, May 5 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

The Westin Arlington Gateway is only a couple of blocks from the Ballston Metro Station and only a few miles from Washington DC. If you're flying into Reagan National Airport, you can easily hop on the Metro and take it directly to the hotel.

We have reserved a block of 50 rooms -- 25 singles and 25 doubles -- at a room rate of $139 per night (plus hotel taxes). The rooms are first-come/first-served. Once the 50 rooms have been filled, attendees will still be able to book rooms at the $139 rate on a space available basis.

Click here to make your reservations. If you receive a "sold out" error message when trying to make reservations, please call the hotel directly (703.537.4253) and speak with Ms. Allyson Themel. Our room rate will be good until April 10.

Please note that the start time for the conference on Saturday has now shifted from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m..

Don't miss the 2007 MilBlog Conference. Details here:

Online Registration

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