10-12 Sep. 2020

The Nugget Casino Resort



Book your room for Hook'20 today using the following codes. 

Active Duty - GTAILA0 

Attendee - GTAIL20

Cancellation can be placed 24 hours prior to booking

Attendee and Exhibitor registration can be completed by clicking the link below.

Scholarship Drive

Each year we have a scholarship drive at the reunion. Help us reach our goal this year by donating now. 




Thursday, 10 September

0900-2100   Registration/Exhibits/Store Open • Convention Floor Foyer

1230-1430   Tailhook Association Board of Directors Meeting

1530-1700   Panel Session #1 – The Training Command-Past - Moderator – Mr. Hill Goodspeed

1900-2100   Naval Aviation Enterprise Update for Industry Partners and Active-Duty Leadership — Moderator, VADM DeWolfe Miller III. CNAF • Chalet Terrace


Friday, 11 September

0730-1300   Golf Tournament • Red Hawk Golf Courses (Sparks)

0800-1330   NAS Fallon/NAWDC Tour (Limited to the first 60 guests, lunch included • Provide last four SSN and DOB)

0900-1430   Lake Tahoe Scenic Cruise (Limited to the first 60 guests, lunch and entertainment included)

0900-2100   Registration/Exhibits/Store Open • Convention Floor Foyer

1100-1400   Spouse Social • complimentary food and drinks • (Limited to the first 75 guests)

     Friday Symposium • Nugget Ballroom (Attire: Casual, Hook’20 polo shirts/slacks or flight suits)

1200-1225   Membership Meeting - RADM Don “D.Q.” Quinn, USN(Ret), CAPT Eric “Popeye” Doyle, USN

1230-1330   Panel Session #2 – The Training Command-Present – Moderator – CAPT Scott “Mongo” Janik

1335-1420   Pers-43 Brief – Nugget Ballroom - Moderator – CAPT Forrest “Gump” Young

1430-1615   Aviation Flag Panel – Nugget Ballroom - Moderator - VADM DeWolfe Miller III, CNAF

1630-1800   CNAF and JO Call – Hospitality Suite TBD

1800-2100   “Bug” Roach Flight Deck Mixer • Convention Floor and Nugget Ballroom

Casual attire, flight suits encouraged • Food served until 2000

Saturday, 12 September

0700-0830   Tailhook 5K Fun Run (Bus at 0700)

0830-1500   Registration/Exhibits/Store Open • Sierra 1-5 Foyer

     Saturday Symposium • Nugget Ballroom (Attire: Casual, Hook ’20 shirts/slack or flight suits)

0930-1015   Safety Center Brief – Nugget Ballroom – RDML Frederick “Lucky” Luchtman

1020-1140   Panel Session #3 – The Training Command - Future - Moderator – CAPT Adan “Cherry” Covarrubias

1145-1330  RADM “Jig Dog” and Ginger Ramage Recognition Luncheon • Nugget Ballroom

1340-1440   OPNAV Panel – Nugget Ballroom – Moderator – CAPT Dusty “Gigi” Rhodes

1445-1515   Special Presentation – Moderator – TBD

1500 Exhibits and Tailhook Store close

1520-1600   CNATRA Winging Ceremony – Nugget Ballroom - Presiding Officer – RDML  Daniel “Dozer” Dwyer

1800-1930   Tailhook Pre-Banquet Reception (no host) • Nugget Ballroom • 1 East Foyer

1930-2200   Tailhook Banquet – Nugget Ballroom – Guest Speaker - ADM Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations (invited) • Nugget Ballroom • For Active Duty – USN Summer White, no cover • USMC, Dress Blue Delta • For Civilians - Men, Dinner Jacket. Women, Cocktail Attire 

Sunday, 13 September 

1200-1600   Reno Air Races VIP Tour (Limited to the first 45 guests)  



Panel Sessions

Admiral Michael Gilday

32nd Chief of Naval Operations

Saturday 1930-2200   Tailhook Banquet – Guest Speaker – Nugget Ballroom

Adm. Mike Gilday is the son of a Navy Sailor. A surface warfare officer, he is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.  He holds master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.

At sea, he deployed with USS Chandler (DDG 996), USS Princeton (CG 59), and USS Gettysburg (CG 64).  He c...

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Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller, III

Commander, Naval Air Forces / Commander, Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet

Thursday 1900-2100   Naval Aviation Enterprise Update for Industry Partners and Active-Duty Leadership

Friday 1430-1615   Aviation Flag Panel – Moderator – Nugget Ballroom

Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller is a native of Annapolis, Maryland, grew up in York, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. He holds a Master of Science from the National Defense University, is a Syracuse University national security management fellow and is a graduate of the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program.

His operational assignm...

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Rear Admiral Daniel W. Dwyer USN

Chief Of Naval Air Training

Saturday 1520-1600   CNATRA Winging Ceremony –  Presiding Officer – Nugget Ballroom

Rear Adm. Daniel W. Dwyer is a native of Alameda, California, and a 1988 graduate of the California Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a third mate's license in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and holds master's degrees in Foreign ...

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Rear Admiral Fredrick R. "Lucky" Luchtman

Physiological Episodes Action Team (PEAT) Lead

Saturday 0930-1015   Safety Center Brief – Nugget Ballroom

Rear Adm Fredrick “Lucky” Luchtman is a native of Auburn Hills, Michigan and a 1989 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy.  In December 1991, he was designated a Naval Aviator in Beeville, Texas.

As a career F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet pilot, he commanded Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) and Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen (VFA-15).  Luchtman also ...

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CAPT Forrest “Gump” Young, USN


Friday 1335-1420   Pers-43 Brief – Moderator – Nugget Ballroom

Captain Young graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1995 and earned his Wings of Gold in Kingsville, TX in 1997.  He received initial F/A-18C training with the VFA-125 “Rough Raiders” at NAS Lemoore, California in 1998.  He has accumulated more than 3000 flight hours in the F/A-18A-F and over 1000 arrested landings on ten aircraft carriers.


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CAPT Rhodes

OPNAV N98 Branch Head

Saturday 1340-1440   OPNAV Panel – Moderator – Nugget Ballroom

Captain Dusty "Gigi" Rhodes, is a native of Larchmont, NY.  In 1991 he accepted a nomination to the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering in 1995.  In 2010 he received an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Captain Rhodes's previ...

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CAPT Adan “Cherry” Covarrubias

Commodore, Joint Strike Fighter Wing Pacific

Saturday 1020-1140   Panel Session #3 – Moderator – The Training Command - Future

Captain Covarrubias, a native of Buena Park, California, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and received his Naval Aviator Wings of Gold in December 2000.
CAPT Covarrubias’ first operational tour was flying the F/A-18C Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ONE THREE (VFA-113) at N...

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CAPT Scott "Mongo" Janik, USN

Commodore, Training Wing Six 

Friday 1230-1330   Panel Session #2 – Moderator  The Training Command-Present

A native of Corvallis, Oregon, Captain Scott Janik was commissioned in 1995 via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at Villanova University and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1996.  He is a career EA-6B and EA-18G Electronic Warfare Officer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
He command...

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Hill Goodspeed

Editor, The Hook Magazine

1530-1700   Panel Session #1 – The Training Command-Past - Moderator

Hill Goodspeed is a native of Pensacola, Florida, and the grandson of a World War II Naval Aviator.  He received his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University and holds a master’s degree from the University of West Florida.  The historian at the National Naval Aviation Museum, he is editor-in-chief of The Hook and author or editor of fi...

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Floor Exhibitors

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Industry Partners Reception

The President's Reception

Banquet Table Sponsor

Luncheon Table Sponsor

Winging Ceremony

Panel Sessions Sponsors

Attendee Backpack Sponsor

Phone / Tablet App Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Golf -


Closest To The Pin Hole Sponsor

The Longest Drive Sponsor

Golf Hole Sponsor

Spouse Social Sponsor



Friday, 11 September, 0730 - 1300

Red Hawk Golf Tournament


More information coming

NAS Fallon/ NAWDC Tour

Friday, 11 September, 0800-1330

More information coming


Saturday, 12 September, 0700-0830

Tailhook 5K

Fun Run


More information coming

Reno Air Races VIP Tour

Sunday, 13 September, 1200 - 1600

More information coming



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