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Las Vegas, Nevada

3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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The NGAUS General Conference is the Association’s annual business meeting. Army and Air National Guard officers from all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia gather to network, set their legislative agenda and hear from America’s civilian and military leaders. Family members, industry representatives and local officials also attend. 

Recent speakers include congressional leaders, cabinet-level secretaries, Army and Air Force secretaries and chiefs, and other senior Pentagon officials.

NGAUS will hold a trade show in conjunction with the conference featuring products and services from more than 300 companies or organizations.

Primary social events include the Governor’s Reception, Hospitality Night and the States Dinner. Other events include golf tournaments, a Fun Run, mixers and luncheons.

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CNGB MEMO The National Guard Bureau chief has signed a memo authorizing federal funding that each state and territory can spend to send a small number of company-grade and junior warrant officers to the 142nd General Conference & Exhibition, Aug. 27-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada for professional development. A copy of the memo is available here.

CONFERENCE HEALTH & SAFETY Planning continues with an emphasis on attendee health and safety. NGAUS will follow local mandates on the wearing of face coverings in common areas inside regardless of vaccination status. The association will include masks in the registration bags. In addition, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and the official conference hotels observe the MGM Resorts Seven-Point Safety Plan, which includes enhanced sanitation, extra air circulation, and employee screening and temperature checks.

CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE (as of Aug. 24) Over 3,200 current and former National Guard officers, their spouses and exhibitors have already registered for the 143rd General Conference & Exhibition, Aug. 27-30 in Las Vegas.

Press Releases

Pentagon Leaders, VA Secretary to Address Conference (Aug. 16)

Articles from our Newsroom

Senator, State Leaders to be Honored in Vegas (Aug. 28)

Exhibition to Highlight Products, Services Aimed at the National Guard (Aug. 28)

NGAUS Conference Gets Underway (Aug. 28)

VEGAS: Conference Primer...Headliners, Delegate Counts and Beyond the Main Sessions (NATIONAL GUARD, August)

NGAUS Readies for Conference in Vegas (Aug. 24)

VA Secretary, Four-Stars Headline Conference Speakers (Aug. 17)

Conference to Feature Big Tradeshow (Aug. 10)

VEGAS: Conference Update (NATIONAL GUARD, June/July)

VEGAS: Conference Preview (NATIONAL GUARD, May)

More NGAUS Conference Social Events Set (May 20)

Many NGAUS Conference Social Events Set (May 11)

Viva Las Vegas: NGAUS Resets Conference Dates, Location (May 4)

NGAUS to Pivot Conference to New Site (April 13)

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Individual attendees must register through their state association. Please contact your state association leadership to begin the process.

Registration for exhibitors will open in the near future.

 Veterans Secretary
Denis McDonough
Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Denis Richard McDonough is an American government official serving as the 11th and current United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs under President Joe Biden since 2021.

Speaker Details
Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson
Chief of the National Guard Bureau

General Daniel R. Hokanson serves as the 29th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Speaker Details
Gen. Joseph M. Martin
Gen. Joseph M. Martin
Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

Joseph Matthew Martin is a general in the United States Army who currently serving as the 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. He previously served as the director of the Army Staff in Washington, D.C.

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david allvin
Gen. David W. Allvin
Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force

David Wayne Allvin is a United States Air Force four-star general who currently serves as the 40th vice chief of staff of the Air Force.

Speaker Details
Gen. James H. Dickinson
Gen. James H. Dickinson
Commander of U.S Space Command

United States Army general currently serving as the commander of the United States Space Command, previously serving as its deputy commander until assuming his current position in August 2020. He also served as the commanding general of the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Speaker Details
NGAUS Golf Tournament
Friday, August 27, 2021
7:00 AM-3:30 PM

Wildhorse Golf Club

Wildhorse is one of the top golf courses in the Las Vegas area, located 10 minutes from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. The 18 hole golf course features lush fairways set amid stunning desert beauty with 8 shimmering water hazards.

POC: SFC Greg Krizmanich and CPT Tyler Tooney

Company Grade/Warrant Officer Mixer
Friday, August 27, 2021
8:00 PM-Midnight

Mandalay Bay Beach

Mandalay Bay Beach is an 11-acre aquatic playground that invites you to sun, swim, splash and soak on your terms. The event is open to company-grade officers and warrant officers up to chief warrant officer 2.

Field Grade Officer Mixer
Friday, August 27, 2021
6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge, Mandalay Bay

For the first time, there will be a field grade officer mixer. Relax and mingle in the comfortable lounge-style atmosphere with a wide selection of signature cocktails, spirits, beer, wine and light bites.

Senior Warrant Officer Mixer
Friday, August 27, 2021
6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Nevada Hospitality Room

Local conference organizers have set up this event for chief warrant officer 3s to chief warrant officer 5s.

TAG Reception
Friday, August 27, 2021
6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Skyfall Lounge, Delano

A multi-sensory experience; combining a panoramic overlook of the city, dramatic interiors, chill out sounds, creative plates and artisan cocktails.

Fun Run
Saturday, August 28, 2021
6:00 AM

5K Fun Run

Run down the Las Vegas Strip.

POC: CPT Nick Galbiso


Governor's Reception
Saturday, August 28, 2021
7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Mandalay Bay Exhibit Hall

This is an opportunity to leisurely stroll the trade show floor with plenty of food and drinks available.

Spouse Luncheon
Sunday, August 29, 2021
11:00 AM-1:00 PM

House of Blues, Mandalay Bay

House of Blues experience brings together authentic American food, music, and art like no other place on Earth. The sounds are electric, the art is inspiring, and our kitchen is as rockin’ as the talent onstage.

Hospitality Night
Sunday, August 29, 2021
7:00 PM-11:00 PM

Various Locations

The big night to unwind and visit with all your National Guard friends, new and old. The states and territories welcome conference attendees to their hospitality suites in the host hotels.

TAG Spouse Luncheon
Monday, August 30, 2021
12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay

Immerse yourself in our elevated rooftop experience; and enjoy our decadent lounge menu paired with unique hand-crafted cocktails from some of the best mixologists Las Vegas has to offer.

States Dinner
Monday, August 30, 2021
7:00 PM-UTC

Ballroom, Mandalay Bay

The conference concludes with the States Dinner. The recommended dress in Vegas casual. Dress like you would if you were spending an evening on the Strip.

Conference App
2021 Conference App

Want the full conference schedule in the palm of your hands? Search for "NGAUS" in the app store or click here to begin exploring the conference!

The event app for the 143rd General Conference & Exhibition is now available for download in the Apple Store and on Google Play. The app, sponsored by AFBA, is currently a work in progress, with updates and additional details added nearly every day through the conference. Nearly 2,500 attendees downloaded the event app at the NGAUS conference two years ago.

Explore the app, save sessions, network with attendees, and play the scavenger hunt to win prizes.

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The NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition brings more than 4,000 professionals, including defense leaders, from the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Generate leads, meet industry experts, and showcase your products at this three-day event.


Diamond Partner


Northrop Grumman


Hearts Partner


Make your National Guard support known at the 2021 NGAUS Conference. Partnership opportunities are now available. Please contact COL (Ret) Peter Menicucci 775-846-0410 or email [email protected].


Q: How do I register for the conference? 

A: Registration for the conference is $180 plus fees for shuttles or events. The registration process is dependent upon being an individual attendee, distinguished guest and exhibiting or non-exhibiting industry.

Individual attendees must register through their state association. Please contact your state association leadership for a registration application.

Distinguished guests must register by contacting Lakeshia Williams at [email protected].

Exhibitor and non-exhibiting registration will open in the near future on the NGAUS conference webpage. Booth sales are available through the Exhibitor Prospectus.


Q: I have registered through my state, now what?

A: All attendees can expect to receive correspondence from NGAUS as we draw closer to the conference start date. Correspondence will let attendees know what to expect upon arrival to the conference.


Q: I registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. Can I get a refund for registering?

A: All registrations paid to attend the 143rd General Conference and Exhibition are refundable less a $15 administration fee until August 2. After August 2, all registration sales are final.


Q: Do I need proof of vaccination to attend or exhibit?

A: NGAUS encourages vaccination but neither proof of vaccination nor a negative COVID-19 test is required to attend.  


Q: Do I have to wear a mask at the conference or exhibition?   

A: State officials have mandated that people in Las Vegas must wear masks indoors in common areas, regardless of vaccination status. This will apply to all those at the conference, except when actively eating or drinking. NGAUS will include masks in the registration bags provided to all attendees.


Q: Should I stay home if I have come in contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19?  

A: NGAUS asks registered attendees to stay at home if they have COVID-19 symptoms or live with someone who has recently tested positive.


Q: Are there restrictions on the number of people on the exhibit floor, in the sessions or during social events?

A: No.


Q: Will there be a virtual component to the conference similar to the last year?

A: No, there will not be a virtual component or live-streaming similar to last year; however, all major speeches will be posted to the NGAUS YouTube Channel the evening after they are made.


Additional Health & Safety Information

NGAUS is committed to the health and safety of all our attendees, exhibitors, guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The leadership is monitoring recommendations from local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large group meetings and events. 

The host venue for the 143rd General Conference & Exhibition, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, has implemented stringent measures to protect guest health and safety as part of the MGM Resorts Seven-Point Safety Plan, which includes enhanced sanitation, extra air circulation, and employee screening and temperature checks.

Here’s what you can expect:

Masks: Bring your own for your arrival at your hotel. Extras will be in your registration bag.

Hand Sanitizing Stations: They will be available throughout the hotels and the convention center, including common areas and the exhibit hall.

Enhanced cleaning and safety protocols: Conference hotels and the convention center have increased routine cleaning, with a focus on high-touch surfaces and common areas using clean products that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Enhanced Air Circulation & Filtration: Conference hotels and the convention center have taken measures to provide as much outside air circulation as possible, with air filters that meet or exceed published standards.

Increased Safety Messages: NGAUS will share health and safety messages through the association’s conference app. The app, sponsored by AFBA, is available for download in the Apple Store and on Google Play.

Contactless Check-In: Conference attendees will be able to check in on their smartphones. They will not have to wait in line. For those without smartphones or who prefer not to use them, the hotels will have line-reduced registration.  

Medical Personnel on Site: The convention center will have medical personnel on-site to help anyone feeling ill. If a guest or employee tests positive for the virus, MGM will activate protocols and dispatch trained staff to thoroughly sanitize the exposed area.


Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at [email protected].

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