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Space Chief to Speak at NGAUS Conference

Washington Report

The head of the Space Force and the new directors of the Army and Air National Guard are the latest speakers to confirm their participation at the 142nd General Conference, Aug. 28-29.    

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the nation’s first chief of space operations, will speak Aug. 29.  

The Guard has units with space mission, but they are not yet formally part of the Space Force.

Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, the director of the Army Guard, and Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, the director of the Air Guard, will also speak that day.

The three will join Gen. James McConville, the Army chief of staff, and Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, on the agenda. McConville’s presentation is set for Aug. 28 while Hokanson will speak on Aug. 29.  

All five scheduled speakers are new to their jobs. Hokanson, Jensen and Loh have been in their positions only a few days. Raymond assumed his post in December. McConville is the dean of the group, having served just a year as the Army’s top officer.

“Our conference will be a chance to discover the Guard’s way forward from America’s new defense leadership,” said retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the association president.

Additional speakers will be announced closer to the event.

The conference will be livestreamed from the National Guard Memorial, the association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NGAUS will set up a studio in the building’s Walsh-Reckord Hall of States. An audio-visual company will produce and transmit a broadcast-quality telecast to an online event platform.

In addition to the conference telecast, the platform will offer speaker bios and other information. Attendees will also be able to connect with each other, pose questions to speakers and visit a virtual trade show. Nearly 70 companies have already registered to exhibit.

NGAUS tested the production team, their equipment and the platform during the Capitol Summit last month.

Conference events get underway the morning of Aug. 28 with work on the resolutions. Two delegates from each of the 54 states and territories will develop a package to serve as the basis for next year’s legislative action plan.

The first of four short business sessions will follow later the day. Among the highlights Aug. 29 will be the Roll Call of States. Many states and territories have already submitted 30-second videos.

NGAUS is also hosting a virtual 5K run/walk in conjunction with the conference. Participants will set up their course anywhere they want (treadmills and overseas locations included) and run or walk it anytime between Aug. 24 and 30.

Registration is now open and will end Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All registrants will receive a race medal, which will be mailed beginning Aug 17. The event is not limited to association members.

Participant names, times and run/walk locations submitted to [email protected] will be posted on the NGAUS website.

Register at www.ngaus.org/events/142nd-general-conference or at https://runsignup.com/NGAUSvirtual5k. Cost is $30. Proceeds go to the National Guard Educational Foundation.