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Guard Chief Authorizes Official Conference Attendance

04-16-24 WR NGB Conference WEBSITE
04-16-24 WR NGB Conference WEBSITE
Washington Report

The 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia may once again each use federal funds to send a small number of officers to this year's NGAUS conference, according to guidance the National Guard Bureau issued April 8.

The 146th General Conference & Exhibition is scheduled for Aug. 23-26 in Detroit.

Attendance in an official duty status is limited to company-grade officers, warrant officer 1s and chief warrant officer 2s for professional development, per the memo signed by Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of the NGB.

The guidance includes specific funding limits for each state, territory and the District of Columbia for travel, accommodations and meals for up to four attendees. Administrative absence guidelines are also included.

The authorized limits vary based on anticipated travel costs from each location.

NGB has authorized a limited number of Guard officers to attend the association's annual conference in a duty status for several years.

"We greatly appreciate the National Guard Bureau guidance so early this year," said retired Maj. Gen. Francis M. McGinn, the NGAUS president. "It will provide the states and territories with more time to plan, ultimately enabling more officers to benefit from a premier professional development and networking event."

Registration for the conference is now open. More information — including details about the conference's events and industry exhibition — is available at www.ngaus.org/conference.

NGAUS members should register for the conference through their state or territory's Guard association. Contact information for each association is available at www.ngaus.org/states-territories.

— By John Goheen