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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.
CALL TO CONFERENCE LETTER

THEME The theme for the conference will be The National Guard: Built to Defend America. The theme makes a statement about who we are, what we do and where we will gather to conduct the business of our association. (Read more)

REGISTRATION...NOW OPEN!...Free registration to all currently serving company grade officers, warrant officer 1s and chief warrant officer 2s and their spouses. $50 for currently serving field grade officers and their spouses and currently serving CWO 3-5, along with their spouses. Registration for other attendees will be the standard $180. Individual attendees must register through their state association. See below for registration info for Exhibitors (Exhibiting and Non-Exhibiting Industry).

More than 2,200 National Guard officers, their spouses and other guests have formally registered for this year's conference, as of July 19. This amount is 700+ more people than last year at this time for Reno.

CONFERENCE APP The Armed Forces Benefit Association will once again sponsor the event app for attendees. The AFBA NGAUS Conference App will be available in August via the Apple Store and Google Play.

SOCIAL EVENTS Primary social events include the Governor's Reception, Hospitality Night and States Dinner. Other events include golf tournaments, 5K Urbanatholon (new!), mixers and luncheons...More Info Below, including Full Schedule of Events...

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AIRLINE TRAVEL DISCOUNT Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for those flying to Detroit for the conference. Click here or call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM3JH
*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the reservation number.

...MORE DETROIT TIDBITS...

  • More than a record 700,000 football fans attended the 2024 NFL draft April 25-27 in downtown Detroit, according to published reports. NGAUS members and their guests will visit many of the same venues.
  • The travel magazine AFAR lists Detroit as one of the most exciting places in the world to visit this year. Paris, Rome and Fiji are among the other destinations. The publication shared its top 12 reasons to visit the Motor City here.

NEWSROOM

States Dinner to Have World War II Theme (July 2, 2024)

Conference Social Events Set (NATIONAL GUARD | March/April/May 2024)

Clear, Concise Messaging on the Conference Agenda (May 14, 2024)

Top Veteran Entrepreneur, Author to Speak at Conference (May 8, 2024)

Guard Chief Authorizes Official Conference Attendance (April 16, 2024)

Conference Theme The National Guard: Built to Defend America (March 24, 2024)

DETROIT: A Conference Preview (NATIONAL GUARD | February 2024)

NGEDA Meeting Set for Detroit Next Week (Jan. 9, 2024)

2024 Conference Registration Fee Reduced for Many (Nov. 28, 2023)

Next NGAUS (NATIONAL GUARD | September/October 2023)


NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU ATTENDANCE AND TRAVEL GUIDANCE

 

The chief of the National Guard Bureau signed a memorandum to the adjutants general April 8 authorizing a limited number of officers from each state and territory to attend the NGAUS conference on official orders. (Read more)

CONFERENCE PREVIEW VIDEO

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Registration

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

Exhibitors

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.

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

Industry

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

Schedule
NGAUS Sponsors Golf Tournament (Invitation Only)
Thursday, August 22, 2024
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cardinal G.C. @ Saint John’s Resort
Plymouth, Michigan

The annual golf tournament for sponsors and invited guests is set for The Cardinal, a new Raymond Hearn-designed golf course. The 18-hole layout at the Saint John’s Resort is on land formerly used for 27 holes. Resort officials say the course “skillfully intertwines challenging play with the intrinsic beauty of the Michigan landscape; creating a northern Michigan feel just outside of Detroit.” A breakfast buffet begins at 7:30 a.m. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. Lunch will also be provided.

Awards will be given between 2-3 p.m. The course is 26 miles from downtown. Bus transportation will be provided from all conference hotels per published schedule (6:40 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 7:00 a.m.). Buses depart for all conference hotels at 3:30 p.m.

NGAUS Member Golf Tournament
Friday, August 23, 2024
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pine Knob G.C.
Village of Clarkston, Michigan

Pine Knob Golf Club features 27 holes of championship golf, with three distinctive nines: The Eagle, The Hawk and The Falcon. Participants will play 18 holes; the extra holes will enable 216 players. An included breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m.

A hot buffet lunch will be served beginning at 2 p.m. with awards to follow.

The course is 41 miles from downtown. Transportation will be provided from conference hotels per published schedule (6 a.m., 6:10 a.m., 6:20 a.m.) Buses depart for all conference hotels at 3:30 pm.

The Adjutant General's Reception (Invitation Only)
Friday, August 23, 2024
6 to 9 p.m.

Grosse Pointe War Memorial
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

The War Memorial, also known as the Russell A. Alger Jr. House and the Moorings, was dedicated to the memory of veterans and soldiers of World War II. Built in 1910, it sits on the shore of Lake St. Clair. Alger was one of the founders of the Packard Motor Car Company. His father, Russell A. Alger Sr., was a Civil War general and Michigan businessman who went on to serve as governor of Michigan, the secretary of war during the Spanish-American War and a U.S. senator from Michigan. Transportation will be provided from conference hotels.

Company Grade/Warrant Officer/Field Grade Mixers
Friday, August 23, 2024
6 to 9:30 p.m.

Belle Isle
Detroit, Michigan

The National Guard Association of Michigan presents Picnic and Cruise at the Isle.  Enjoy a Detroit-style picnic dinner, music by the Blue Water Kings Band & 126 Army Band, and a car show courtesy of the Detroit Police Department & Detroit Public Safety Foundation. Belle Isle is a 982-acre state park in the Detroit River that separates the United States from Canada. It’s five miles from downtown. Transportation will be provided from conference hotels.

5K Urbanathlon
Saturday, August 24, 2024
6:30 to 8 a.m.

Downtown Detroit

The annual fun run this year is a 5K Rivertrail/Green Space Trail run including optional stairs, hurdles, tires and surprise obstacles. The route begins on the Detroit Riverwalk, through Milliken State Park, and onto the Dequindre Cut. T-shirts and medals to all participants. Pre-race comments at 6:50 a.m., start time 7 a.m. with awards to follow.  Transportation to the race is via walking/People Mover.

Governor's Reception
Saturday, August 24, 2024
6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Henry Ford Museum
Dearborn, Michigan

The Henry Ford Museum is one of the area’s top attractions. The New York Times calls it “one of the world’s coolest museums.” The collection includes the presidential limousine of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theatre, the Rosa Parks bus and many other historical and cultural exhibits. It’s visited by more than 1.7 million people a year. The museum is 12 miles from downtown. Transportation will be provided from conference hotels. Attendees will have the museum to themselves; it’s closed to the public on Saturday evenings. Buses arrive 6:15 p.m.; doors open at 6:20 p.m.

Retiree Caucus Meeting & Luncheon
Sunday, August 25, 2024
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ovation Yacht  
Detroit, Michigan

The Ovation Yacht will be docked at Cobo dock, located within walking distance of the Convention Center. The vessel has 3 decks, each with TV screens and microphones for use during the business session.  Boarding and appetizers begin at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch and Meeting start at 12 noon dockside. Following the meeting, those who wish to disembark may do so. Those remaining will enjoy a beautiful cruise on the Detroit River with views of both the US and Canadian shorelines, returning at 3 p.m.

Warrant Officer Luncheon & Meeting
Sunday, August 25, 2024
Noon to 4 p.m.

Huntington Place Convention Center
Room 330B

The meeting will include voting and speakers during a working lunch. The National Guard Association of Michigan will treat attendees will be treated to a Motown-inspired lunch.

Hospitality Night
Sunday, August 25, 2024
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Various Locations
Detroit, Michigan

One of the signature events of the conference, this is the evening state and territory National Guard associations take over the show. They will open their delegations’ hospitality suites to all attendees or rent establishments for the evening in Greektown, a commercial and entertainment district downtown. Spend the evening at one or hit several. The list of participating locations will be provided to all state and territory associations and be posted on the NGAUS conference app. The Detroit People Mover tram is a free transportation option.

Spouses Luncheon
Monday, August 26, 2024
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts

The event will include lunch, entertainment and an opportunity to tour the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is one of the nation’s largest art collections, with more than 65,000 works. It includes Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S.museum. The facility is 3.5 miles from Huntington Place, the site of most sessions and the exhibition. Transportation will be provided. The event is set at 11 a.m. after the Spouses Seminar. Buses will depart from the convention center immediately following the Spouses Seminar.

The Detroit Institute of Arts has been named as the nation’s best art museum in USA TODAY’s 2024 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Taking the top prize for the second consecutive year, the DIA outranked other institutions such as The Art Institute of Chicago.

States Dinner
Monday, August 26, 2024
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Huntington Place Convention Center

The States Dinner and the post-meal entertainment is the final event of the conference. The event is set to begin following the Chairman’s Head Table Reception and No Host Cocktail receptions at 6 p.m. The dinner program is scheduled to begin after 7:30 p.m. A special concert is set for 9 p.m. Recommended attire is World War II era, both warfront and home front dress. A special concert by Michigan natives Sadie Bass, Nashville Country Music Singer-Songwriter and Jason Cross, Nashville Country-Rock Musician is set for 9 p.m.

— As of May 30, 2024

Events will be updated as additional details become available.

Partners

(as of April 17, 2024)

Lake Erie

Michigan Economic Development Commission

Spirit of Detroit

AM General

Windsor Tunnel

AUSA, Arsenal of Democracy Chapter
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan
Boeing
Consumers Energy
Globe Tech LLC
Jiffy Mix
National Defense Industrial Association – Michigan Chapter

Belle Isle

Airbus
Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration & Synergy (Ron and Mary Lamparter)
Military Benefit Association
Oshkosh

Mariners Chapel

Mullin Endodontist
NYX
Old Nation Bank
Robertson Fuel Systems

Special thanks to Delta Airlines for their group discount.

Make your National Guard support known at the 2024 NGAUS Conference. Partnership opportunities are now available.
Please contact www.ngam.org or [email protected]. Text or call 989-307-9268.

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