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Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly to Deliver Keynote at ACQUIRE 2016

(VIENNA, VA, March 8, 2016)-1105 Media, Inc. is excited to announce that Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, former Arizona Congresswoman, and Mark Kelly, retired astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain, will deliver a keynote address at the ACQUIRE Conference & Expo on June 9, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Distinguished public servants and models of dedication and resilience, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly represent the very essence of American heroism. Kelly flew 39 combat missions over Iraq and Kuwait during the first Gulf War, spent over 50 days in orbit and served as the commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final flight. The youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Giffords represented her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006-2012, consistently ranking as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress.

On January 8, 2011, an assassination attempt at an event with constituents in Tucson, Arizona, left Giffords severely wounded, shot in the head from near point blank range. Since then, the couple has inspired individuals around the world with their story of hope and courage in the wake of tragedy, serving as a symbol for the possibility of second chances.

"There is no more fitting way to kick off this inaugural event than by hearing from Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords, a couple who has inspired millions," said Anne A. Armstrong, Chief Content Officer at 1105 Media. "Kelly and Giffords show by example what determination, a commitment to public service and a belief in mission can accomplish."

Produced by the media teams behind the FCW, GCN, Washington Technology, Defense Systems and Federal Soup brands, ACQUIRE is a new two-day conference & EXPO for government, military and contractor professionals looking to deliver on agency missions. Covering a program’s entire lifecycle-from policy setting to end user experience-ACQUIRE offers thought leadership, training courses from a diverse range of government agencies and an exhibit hall packed with vendors. Featuring leading providers of products, solutions and services to the government market, the EXPO floor has multiple pavilions: Information Technology, Acquisition Management, Professional Services and Office Management-plus a Federal consumer experience in Happy Fed.

Registration is free for government and military professionals. Sponsorships and booth sales for ACQUIRE are available. Please visit:

Note to media: Registration for credentialed media will be available in March.

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
1105 Public Sector Media Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., provides information, insight and analysis to the Government IT and Education IT (FED/SLED) sectors. Our content platforms include print, digital, online, events and a broad spectrum of marketing services.

About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including the public sector (FED/SLED) information technology community; enterprise computing; industrial health, safety, and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105's offerings span marketing services; print and online magazines, journals, and newsletters; seminars, conferences, and trade shows; training courseware; web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States.

Emily Jacobs


Posted on March 8, 2016 at 1:19 PM