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Columbus, Ohio

Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

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OVERVIEW 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. 

APP The conference app can be downloaded at https://crowd.cc/s/4hObO.

AGENDA Four four-star generals, including three members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, top the list of speakers at the conference. VIEW AGENDA HERE.

SOCIAL EVENTS 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. Conference registration is $180.

THEME The theme for the Conference will be The National Guard: At the Heart of It All. The NGAUS board has decided on the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform for business sessions and other meetings and approved the Ohio National Guard Association’s recommendation of sports jerseys — high school, college, pro or Olympic — for the States Dinner.

EXHIBITION Expect the largest NGAUS trade show in several years at the conference. More than 340 companies have already purchased booth space, according to SPARGO, the association’s contract show manager. The figure is higher than 260 companies last year in Las Vegas and 306 in Denver three years ago.

CONFERENCE VIDEOS NGAUS continues posting recordings of the major speakers here. The available videos now include Gen. James C. McConville, the Army chief of staff; Gen. CQ Brown Jr., the Air Force chief of staff; Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau; and Lt. Gen. Laura A. Potter, the deputy Army chief of staff for intelligence.

PHOTOS Conference photos, including those of award recipients can be viewed here.


In the Heart of it All: A Conference Recap (NATIONAL GUARD, October 2022)

Bureau Chief: Better Health Care a 'Moral Imperative'

Army Chief: New Fitness Test the 'Better' Version

Air Force Chief: Comfortable Change 'Probably Wrong'

Deputy Army Intel Chief: The Guard's Our 'Eyes and Ears'

Roll Call of States Opens Conference

Press Release: Pentagon Leaders to Address Guard Conference (Aug. 26)

A Conference Primer (NATIONAL GUARD, September 2022)

Conference Update (NATIONAL GUARD, August 2022)

Press Release: Four Four-Stars, Louisiana Governor to Address Guard Conference in Columbus (Aug. 18)

JCS Members, Big Trade Show Top Conference Events (Washington Report)

Final Dinner to Be Tailgate Party (NATIONAL GUARD, June 2022)

Big Tailgate Party Planned for the Conference (Washington Report)

Booth Sales Brisk for NGAUS Tradeshow: Conference Update (NATIONAL GUARD, April 2022)

Social Events, Activities Set: Conference Update (NATIONAL GUARD, March 2022)

City of Discovery: A Conference Preview (NATIONAL GUARD, January 2022)


NGB Attendance and Travel Guidance

The National Guard Bureau chief has authorized each state, territory and the District of Columbia to fund participation for a small number of company-grade officers and junior warrant officers during the conference. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson signed the memo in mid-June before NGB sent it to all relevant joint force headquarters.

2022 Attendance and Travel Guidance for Full-Time National Guard members EANGUS_NGAUS.pdf

2022 Attendance and Funding Guidance EANGUS_NGAUS_Memo.pdf





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

Sponsors' Golf Outing
Thursday, August 25, 2022

New Albany Links Golf Club

  • A course designed by Barry Sarafin
  • Challenging semi-private course with a country club feel and playability
Motorcycle Adventure Ride
Thursday, August 25, 2022
  • Scenic ride through the Hocking Hills and Wayne National Forest
  • Mid-point stop at Rocky Boots in Nelsonville for lunch, facility tours and shopping
NGAUS Golf Tournament
Friday, August 26, 2022

Bent Tree Golf Club

  • Designed by Dennis Griffiths
  • One of the best championship courses in central Ohio
"Chasing the Sun" Fun Run
Friday, August 26, 2022
Downtown Columbus
  • Along the scenic Scioto Mile
  • 2.5 mile run
TAG Reception
Friday, August 26, 2022

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

  • The NVMM takes visitors through a dynamic narrative journey of veterans throughout history
  • A powerful and personal experience designed to give a voice to every man and woman who answered the call for our country

Invitation Only

Company Grade/Warrant Officer/Field Grade Mixers
Friday, August 26, 2022

Huntington Ball Park

  • This 200,000 sq ft facility features a capacity of 10,100 with special seating with 2 full bars, a roof top terrace, right field terrace, and lawn and picnic areas
Governor's Reception
Saturday, August 27, 2022

Center of Science & Industry (CoSI)

  • Nationally esteemed science center for the past 55 years
  • 320k sq ft of 300+ interactive experiences, galleries, and a Planetarium
Spouse's Luncheon
Sunday, August 28, 2022

Greater Columbus Convention Center - Battelle Ballroom

  • Theme of “Sweet Success, 2022 Spouse Luncheon”
Hospitality Night
Sunday, August 28, 2022

Various Locations including the Short North/Arena District

  • The Short North district is located just north of the GCCC and known as the “art and soul” of Columbus
TAG Spouses Luncheon
Monday, August 29, 2022

Governor's Mansion

  • The residence is a beautiful historic home with many stories to tell. The Heritage Garden provides a microcosm within which to view Ohio's natural habitats.
State's Dinner
Monday, August 29, 2022

Greater Columbus Convention Center - Battelle Ballroom

  • Bring Your Sports Team to Columbus (Wear your favorite sports team apparel)

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.


Industry that would like to attend the conference, but will not be exhibiting, (Non-Exhibiting Industry) can register and book their hotel here. 




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Senator John Glenn Partners


General Benjamin O. Davis Sr. Partners


Eddie Rickenbacker Partners


Make your National Guard support known at the 2022 NGAUS Conference. Partnership opportunities are now available. Please contact Tom Calhoun at  614-795-8316 or [email protected].

Future Conferences

145th General Conference & Exhibition
Reno | Aug. 18 to 21, 2023
Hosted by the Nevada National Guard

146th General Conference & Exhibition
Detroit | Aug. 23 to 26, 2024
Hosted by the Michigan National Guard

147th General Conference & Exhibition
Milwaukee | Aug. 22 to 25, 2025
Hosted by the Wisconsin National Guard

148th General Conference & Exhibition
Indianapolis | Aug. 28 to 31, 2026
Hosted by the Indiana National Guard


Q: Who do I contact if I have Dietary Restrictions?

Contact Scott Bailey at [email protected] as soon as possible to ensure your needs are met.


Q: Will I be able to rent a scooter while at the conference?

A: Scooters are available and can be rented through the Greater Columbus Convention Center Guest Services Team.

Phone: 614.827.2531

Email: [email protected]

Web address:  https://columbusconventions.com/services/guest-services/


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.  NGB, Title X officers need to register thru their Affiliated State.

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. Please ensure you have registered for both the conference and housing (hotel).


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 144th General Conference and Exhibition are refundable less a $15 administration fee until July 15. After July 15, all registration sales are final.


Q: Can I rent a motorcycle for the Motorcycle Adventure ride?

A: Motorcycles may be rented through the following websites:

Rider Share >>

Twisted Road >>

Eagle Riders Renters and Tours >>


Q: Is there parking available for Busses and Large Vehicles with Trailers?

A:  Yes, the Columbus Convention Center East Parking Lot located at 80 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215 is available for $14 per day.

East Parking Lot_Columbus


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: As of Wednesday, 08 March 2022, masks are no longer required in the city of Columbus, OH.


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?

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 144th  General Conference & Exhibition, the city of Columbus has implemented stringent measures to protect guest health and safety as part of a City-Wide 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.

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.  The GCCC has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation.

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.

Medical Personnel on Site: The convention center will have medical personnel on-site to help anyone feeling ill.


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