Special Air Warfare Symposium

What happens if this event is cancelled, limited, or postponed due to COVID19?

The health and safety of our community is our number one concern, so we will continue to monitor the situation and keep attendees updated on any changes via email and this event website. 

All Attendees, Sponsors, Exhibitors, and speakers will be contacted about any changes, which may include options for virtual participation. We are optimistic that this event will go forward as planned in February 2022.

What is the recommended dress/uniform?

Welcome Reception: Casual
Symposium and Expo: Civilian Business Casual or Combat Uniform of the Day

Where is the Welcome Reception venue (22 February)?

The Gulf
1284 Marler Ave.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Where is the SOF for Life Seminar (22 FEB) and Symposium/Expo venue (23-24 FEB)?

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Directions to The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center



How far away is the venues from local airports?

Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport
  • Regional Airport
  • 10.4 miles / 20-30 minute drive (Rental Car recommended)
Pensacola International Airport
  • International Airport
  • 56 miles / 1 hour drive (Rental Car recommended)

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

  • International Airport
  • 59 miles / 1+ hour drive (Rental Car recommended)

Is transportation provided from the airport?

More information will be provided closer to the event date.

What are my options for getting to/from the airport and hotel?

  • The local airports offer a variety of Car Rental options
  • Ride-share services, such as Uber and Lyft, are available in the Ft. Walton Beach area
  • The Foundation will provide more information on a shuttle from the local international airport closer to the event date.

Should I rent a car?

Once in Ft. Walton Beach, the area is fairly walkable with many hotels located adjacent to the event venue. 

Transportation to/from the airport would be the primary reason to rent a car.

Can I access the nearby military bases?

Base Access
No official event activities will be taking place on base. However, attendees are welcome to schedule meetings on base with relevant parties, if needed.

NOTE: Foreign Nationals must submit a Foreign Visitor Request through their embassy in Washington, DC in order to gain base access. Please contact Jenn Brooks at jbrooks@gsof.org for more information.

  • All vehicles entering the post are subject to search.
  • In order to gain entry, all occupants 17 years or older must have a valid identification.
  • DoD affiliated or Federal Government ID card holders may access any lane at any ACP with any type of vehicle as long as the vehicle can safely negotiate the ACP.
  • All uniformed Service members and spouses, DoD employees, and retired uniformed Service Members and spouses can vouch for occupants in their immediate vehicle without showing an Identification Card, provided the Trusted Traveler vehicle operator possesses a valid DoD affiliated identification card.
  • All other personnel presenting U.S. driver’s license or state identification cards may access any ACP as long as they visit a Visitor Control Centers and receive a Visitor Pass. Their vehicle will be subject to search. All Non-DoD affiliated personnel must process for and receive a visitors pass unless accompanied by a DoD affiliated ID Card holder that meet the trusted traveler requirements.
  • Foreign Nationals must submit a Foreign Visitor Request through their embassy in Washington, DC in order to gain base access. Please contact Jenn Brooks at jbrooks@gsof.org for more information.

Once I am on-site, where do I check-in?

Please check in at the Registration Desk in the Foyer of the Convention Center to get your name badge. We kindly ask you wear your badge at all times while at the Symposium and Expo.

Is Wireless Internet access available?

The venue offers free in-house WiFi.

How do I become a Sponsor and/or and exhibitor?

Contact Ranae Grehl at  RGrehl@GSOF.org or (954) 740-0068 for more information.

Will Media be able to attend?

Members of the media are permitted to attend the Symposium Sessions. Media ground rules will be posted prior to the event. 

Does GSF use an Event App?

No, we are not using an App at this event. Please refer to the Program Guide, the website, and the onsite Staff for any questions.

Who should I contact about Corporate Partnership?

Steve Jones, GSF Director of Partner Relations, at  sjones@gsof.org

Who should I contact about GSF Marketing Opportunities?

Chelsea Hamashin, GSF Director of Marketing, at  chamashin@gsof.org

Who do I contact if I have a question on registration?

Jenn Brooks, GSF Membership Services Manager, at jbrooks@gsof.org

Who do I contact about Speaker participation?

Ranae Grehl at  Rgrehl@GSOF.org or (954)740-0068

Who do I contact if I have any other urgent question?

Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew, GSF COO, at  mkp@gsof.org or (727) 432-6657