Two of the most senior leaders of the U.S. armed forces top the agenda when some 3,000 National Guard officers and their guests gather this weekend in Denver for the 141st NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition.
Conference business sessions open Saturday (Aug. 31) with presentations by Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (3:40 p.m.), the chief of the National Guard Bureau; and Gen. James C. McConville (4:20 p.m.), the Army chief of staff. Both generals advise the secretary of defense and the president as members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Speakers Sunday (Sept. 1) include Gen. John M. Murray (8:55 a.m.), the commanding general of Army Futures Command, the organization leading the modernization of the Army; and Gen. Stephen W. Wilson (11:20 a.m.), the vice chief of staff of the Air Force.
Most speakers will touch upon the conference theme, The National Guard: An American Treasure. 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 a resurgent Russia and an increasingly capable China.
Space and domestic missions are also likely touch points.
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 2020 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 under the Events Tab at www.ngaus.org.
REPORTERS: All major conference events will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. A press office will be established in the facility. Conference press credentials will be issued onsite.
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, 141 years later with nearly 45,000 members nationwide, NGAUS has the same mission.
CONTACT: John Goheen at 202-408-5882 or [email protected]