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Reno, Nevada

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CONFERENCE VIDEOS Full presentations from some of the speakers are available on the association's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/NGAUS1878. The videos include speeches by Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Gen. Randy A. George, the Army vice chief of staff acting as the service's chief of staff. The presentations of the association's Harry S. Truman award to Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., and Guam Gov. Lourdes Leon Guerrero are also available.


Conference Recap

Higher Learning (NATIONAL GUARD | September/October 2023)

Conference Passes Resolutions, Elects New Board Members (Aug. 29, 2023)

NGB Chief: Guardsmen Are 'Driven' to Do Good (Aug. 29, 2023)

Army Leader: Guard is 40% of the Force (Aug. 21, 2023)

SECAF Was 'Hoping' Congress Would Solve Space Guard Issue (Aug. 21, 2023)

Guam Governor, Mississippi Congressman Receives Top NGAUS Honor (Aug. 21, 2023)

Spouses Seminar Debuts at Conference (Aug. 21, 2023)

Annual NGAUS Conference Begins in Reno (Aug. 18, 2023)

Tradeshow Has Biggest Ever Footprint (Aug. 18, 2023)




The chief of the National Guard Bureau signed a memorandum to the adjutants general June 9 authorizing a limited number of officers from each state and territory to attend the NGAUS conference on official orders. NGAUS has provided the memo to every Guard association nationwide.




MAP OF RENO [JPG] (Map and video courtesy of Visit Reno Tahoe)

NGAUS Golf Tournament
Friday, August 18, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lakeridge Golf Course
SOLD OUT (Host state is maintaining a wait list)

Located in Reno, Lakeridge Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones-designed layout offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding mountains. The signature hole, #15, is a world-famous par 3 set overlooking Lake Stanley with an island green. Come see why Lakeridge has been voted “Best of Reno” year after year. The fee covers a continental breakfast, beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) and lunch. Rental clubs are available.

Mount Rose Hike
Friday, August 18, 2023
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SOLD OUT (Host state is maintaining a wait list)

A 45-minute bus ride will take you to the trailhead of Mount Rose, which rises to become the highest and most topographically prominent peak of the greater Sierra Nevada range in the state. It also overlooks Lake Tahoe. You will choose between two trails. One is 2.5 miles up and back (5 miles total); the other is 5.5 miles up and back (11 miles total).

NGAUS Vibrations Motorcycle Ride
Friday, August 18, 2023
9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City
SOLD OUT (Host state is maintaining a wait list)

Starts: Summit Sierra Mall/Starbucks Parking Lot
(13925 S. Virginia St.)

Riders will start and end in Reno.

There will be a safety brief at 9:30 a.m. with the ride beginning immediately afterward. The ride will proceed to Lake Tahoe then to the picturesque Caples Lake near Kirkwood Ski Resort for a picnic-style lunch. From there the tour will proceed through Carson City and up another mountain to the historic mining town of Virginia City where we will take a break and allow everybody to enjoy the sights. The last leg will be a beautiful twisty road back to Reno. Expect to return to Reno between 4 to 5 p.m. There will be an alternate ride available for anybody who does not feel comfortable on challenging mountain roads. A limited number of rentals are available at Twisted Road, Riders Share, Nevada Adventure Rentals and Eagle Rider (only available in Lake Tahoe). For more information, contact Col. Matt Jonkey at [email protected].

Adjutants General Reception
Friday, August 18, 2023
6 to 10 p.m.

National Automobile Museum
No cost, Invitation Only
Attire: Business Casual

The National Automobile Museum is one of Reno’s top attractions, featuring more than 225 rare, one-of-a-kind, antique and collector cars with authentic street scenes and sounds that bring displays to life. With artifacts, a theater, audio tours and a museum store — there’s lots to see and do. Food and drink will be served in a private room off the main floor.

Company Grade/Warrant Officer Mixer
Friday, August 18, 2023
6 to 10 p.m.

Freight House District / Greater Nevada Field
Covered in Registration Fee
Attire: Casual

The evening features cocktails, a buffet dinner, music and a ticket to see a minor-league baseball game between the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s at Greater Nevada Field. The adjacent area, known as the Freight House District, features many bars and restaurants.  

Stick around for fireworks after the game!

Field Grade Officer Mixer
Friday, August 18, 2023
5:30 to 10 p.m.

Greater Nevada Field

Attire: Casual

The evening features cocktails, a buffet dinner, music and a ticket to see a minor-league baseball game between the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s at Greater Nevada Field. The adjacent area, known as the Freight House District, features many bars and restaurants.  

Stick around for fireworks after the game!

Fun Run
Saturday, August 19, 2023
6 to 7:30 a.m.

Downtown Reno
$25 per person

The 5K route winds through the city. All runners receive a commemorative T-shirt.


States Dinner
Saturday, August 19, 2023
8 to 9:45 p.m.

Reno Events Center
Covered in Registration Fee
All Attendees: Western Wear

Traditionally the concluding event of the conference, this year the big dinner will be held after the First Business/Professional Development Session. The standard No-Host and Chairman’s Head Table receptions will precede the meal. Entertainment by Scotty Mac Band will follow dinner. Western Wear is the recommended attire. Think jeans and cowboy hats.

NEW!!! Spouses Seminar
Sunday, August 20, 2023
9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Silver Legacy Resort Grande Exposition Hall @ The Row
No Cost

The seminar is open to all conference spouses and will take place right before the Spouses Luncheon. The luncheon is a two- to three-minute walk to the Reno Ballroom.


9:30-9:40 Mrs. Hokanson Opening Remarks
9:40-9:55 Mrs. Berry Remarks / Purple Resolve
9:55-10:20 J1 101 / Family Program Update / PACT
10:20-10:40 Q&A
10:40-10:45 Closing Remarks

PREVIEW: Spouses Seminar Planned for NGAUS Conference

RECAP: Spouses Seminar Debuts at Conference

Spouses Luncheon
Sunday, August 20, 2023
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reno Ballroom
Covered in Registration Fee
Attire: 20s Speakeasy

Expect a 1920s Speakeasy theme with lunch and a theatrical production of a murder mystery. There will also be gifts for all and prizes for a lucky few.

Hospitality Night
Sunday, August 20, 2023
7 to 11 p.m.

State/Territory Hospitality Suites
Covered in Registration Fee
All Attendees: Casual

The evening when the state and territory Guard associations take charge of events. Many will open their hospitality suites and serve their own famous fare to all attendees. Some will take over local bars or restaurants. Since every state and territory is staying in one of the three interconnected hotels in The Row complex, you should easily be able to visit multiple suites this year.    

TAG Spouses Luncheon
Monday, August 21, 2023
Noon to 2 p.m.

Toiyabe Golf Club Deck
No cost, Invitation Only
Attire: Business Casual

The location is about a 30-minute bus ride from the hotels in the foothill of the Toiyabe National Forest. It’s a popular destination for weddings and other special events.


Governor's Farewell (featuring Josh Turner)
Monday, August 21, 2023
6 to 9:30 p.m.

Reno Events Center
Covered in Registration Fee
All Attendees: Casual

The final event of the conference will feature food, drinks and a concert by country singer Josh Turner.

Food trucks and Plaza Party will be located outside in front of the Reno Ballroom from 5 to 6:50 p.m.

All registered conference attendees, including exhibitors and non-exhibiting Industry, are welcome to attend!

Private Concert Set for Final Night


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.

Register for the conference and book hotel accommodations below. Also see below for more exhibitor information to assist with your booth setup. Thanks for your support!


Non-Exhibiting Industry = Industry that would like to attend the conference, but will not be exhibiting.

Register for the conference and book hotel accommodations below. 


Presenting Sponsor
Sierra Nevada Corporation

Northrop Grumman

Nevada Military Support Alliance
Lockheed F-35
Lockheed C-130J

Mount Rose
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
BAE Systems
United Health Care
AM General
Bell Helicopter

Truckee River
R-n-R Promotions
Military Benefit Association
Oshkosh Defense

Robertson Fuel Systems
Support Personnel
Verizon Frontline

Friends of the Association
Chris Mears & Associates Inc.
Dragos LLC

Make your National Guard support known at the 2023 NGAUS Conference. Partnership opportunities are now available. Please contact G. Dan Morgan at 775-530-6500 or [email protected].


Who do I contact if I have dietary restrictions?

Contact Lt. Col. Shaun Cruze at [email protected] as soon as possible to ensure your needs are met.

Is the facility handicap accessible?

Accessible doors to the facility are located at the North, South and Main entrances. The convention center is one level, making each meeting room and exhibit hall easily accessible for all. There is at least one handicapped stall with the wheelchair accessibility in each women’s and men’s restroom throughout the convention center.

Are there handicap scooters or wheelchairs available to rent?

Not onsite, but please contact Cloud of Goods (www.cloudofgoods.com/reno-nv) at 775-232-8774 or Kimberly Yalweishe at [email protected].

What about a room for nursing mothers?

A room will be located in A15. Tables, chairs and a small refrigerator will be located inside.

How do I register for the conference?

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 10 officers need to register thru their affiliated states.

Exhibitor and non-exhibiting registration are both now on the NGAUS conference webpage - see above. Booth sales are available through the Exhibitor Prospectus.

I have registered through my state, now what?

All attendees can expect to receive correspondence from NGAUS as we draw closer to the conference. Correspondence will let attendees know what to expect upon arrival. Please ensure you have registered for both the conference and housing (hotel).

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

All registrations paid to attend the 145th General Conference and Exhibition are refundable less a $15 administration fee until July 15. After July 15, all registration sales are final.

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

No. Capacity restrictions have been lifted.

Will there be a virtual component to the conference?

No, there will not be a virtual component or live-streaming; however, all major speeches will be available on the NGAUS YouTube Channel 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 145th General Conference & Exhibition, the city of Reno 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.

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

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

Hotel Health and Safety Guidelines

Reno hotels are open and the health of staff and guests remain a top priority. Mask mandates and capacity restrictions have been lifted, but it is still a good idea to check with your hotel to see what guidelines may be in place and which on-property amenities are open.

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

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