Three members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will top the agenda when some 3,000 National Guard officers and their guests from across the country gather Aug. 24 to 27 in New Orleans for the 140th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition.
Conference business sessions open Aug 25 with presentations by the uniformed leaders of the Army and Air Force, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, and Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff,
Speakers Aug. 26 include Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, the commander of U.S. Northern Command, the combatant command with responsibility for the defense of the continental United States.
Most speakers will touch upon the conference theme, The National Guard: America's Trusted Sword & Shield. They are also certain to address the new National Defense Strategy, which shifts the U.S. military’s focus from terrorism and extremist insurgencies to the security threats posed by an increasingly provocative and capable Russia and China.
The conference is the annual NGAUS business meeting. Conference delegates from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia will set the foundation for their 2019 legislative agenda and elect members to their governing board.
Also included in the event is a large trade show featuring more than 300 companies and organizations that market products and services to the Guard.
More conference information, the full business agenda and a complete list of exhibitors are available at www.ngaus2018.org.
Reporters: All major conference events will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. A press office will be established in the facility. Office contact information will be provided in a later release. Conference press credentials will be issued onsite.
About NGAUS: The association was created in 1878 to provide united Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by educating Congress on militia requirements. Today, 140 years later with nearly 45,000 members nationwide, NGAUS has the same mission.