DoD Maintenance Symposium

The 2021 DoD Maintenance Symposium Has Been Canceled, 2022 Coming Soon

Due to continuing uncertainty around several issues, including travel and capacity restrictions remaining from the pandemic as well as industry concerns, the Department of Defense and SAE International have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 DoD Maintenance Symposium, originally scheduled for December 6-9, 2021, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Planning is in progress for a full 2022 DoD Maintenance Symposium, in December 2022. More details will be available soon on the dates and location for the next event.

If you already registered to exhibit or sponsor the at the 2021 Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition and have questions, please contact your SAE Event Sales Rep, or contact Customer Service.

See you in 2022!

Speak up — Shape the Future of Maintenance and Sustainment Enterprises

Share insights and discuss critical issues with defense sustainment and maintenance professionals at all levels.

Attendees will have the opportunity to personally interface with senior decision makers and have their voices heard. No other event provides access to the breadth and depth of DoD resources and technical material like the DoD Maintenance Symposium.

Join delegates representing the full range of the maintenance and sustainment communities — military personnel, government civilians, industry, academia, maintenance and industry leadership to expand your network, gain awareness of critical issues, advance your knowledge, share insights, and address the complex challenges that are influencing the DoD maintenance and sustainment communities.

Plan to attend the 2020 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium December 7-10, in Kansas City, Missouri, and make a significant contribution to improving materiel readiness for our warfighters. The event is co-located with the Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition.

Attire Guidance


Business attire is appropriate for both the DoD Maintenance Symposium and Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards banquet and ceremony.

Military Members

Please refer to the following table for appropriate military attire.


DoD Maintenance Symposium

Maintenance Awards Banquet and Reception

Speakers and Panelists


Class “B” Class “A” Class “B”


Service Khaki

E-1-E6:  Service Uniform
Service Dress Blues

Service Khaki

E1-E6:  Service Uniform

Marine Corps

Service “B” (service sweater or tanker jacket optional)

Service “A”

(ribbons and badges)
Service “B” (service sweater or tanker jacket optional)

Air Force

Blue shirt combination Service Dress Blue shirt combination (Long Sleeve Shirt with Tie/Tie Tab)

Coast Guard

Tropical Blue Long Service Dress Blue

Tropical Blue Long