Frequently Asked Questions 

Where and when is the AUSA Annual Meeting?

The 2010 AUSA Annual Meeting will take place 25 - 27 October at the
Walter E. Washington Convention Center located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and New York Avenue in Washington, D.C. See parking map of area.

The address is:

801 Mt. Vernon Place
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: 202-249-3000

What Professional Development opportunities are available?

AUSA's commitment to professional development includes seminars and special presentations on the Global War on Terrorism, the Army's Transformation to the Future Force, LandWarNet, Expeditionary Logistics, Actionable Intelligence and other issues affecting today’s Army.

How do I get to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center?

Attendees are encouraged to use Metrorail due to limited parking at and around the Center. The Center is serviced directly by the Yellow or the Green Lines at the Mt. Vernon Square 7th Street-Convention Center station. Other stations on the Blue, Orange and Red lines are within a few blocks of the Center.

Download directions to the Center
Download the DC Circulator map (PDF)
DC Circulator bus Information

Is parking available?

Parking in the area is very limited.
See parking map of area.  Recently, the old convention center was torn down, and there is now a parking lot where it used to stand. This will provide some relief, but Metrorail or the D.C. Circulator are the best ways to get to the Center.

Will everything be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center?

With one or two exceptions for "invitation only" events, all AUSA-sponsored events will take place in the Convention Center. View maps of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center meeting rooms. Exhibits will be in Halls A, B and, C on the lower level. ILW, NCO and Family programs, plus other events open to attendees will be held in the 100 and 200 area meeting rooms. The Opening Ceremony, the President's Reception, the Eisenhower Lunch, and the Marshall Dinner will take place in the Ballroom on level three.

What is the dress code?

All events except the Marshall Reception and Dinner on 27 October are informal.

Military Dress Code:

  • Guard/Reserve Dinner:  Business attire
  • President's Reception:  Class A uniform
  • Opening Ceremony:  Duty uniform
  • Marshall Reception and Dinner:
    Officers:  Dress ASU/Blues/Mess Dress
    Soldiers: Dress Blues, ASU/Mess Dress, Class A uniform with white shirt and bow tie, civilian black tie or dark business suit
  • Exhibit Floor and all other events:  Duty uniform
  • Award Recipient:  Class A uniform
  • Speakers:  Business attire, ASU, Class A uniform or duty uniform

How do I book a hotel room?

AUSA provides a block of rooms at reduced rates for attendees to the Annual Meeting. Housing will open for reservations for Chapters on 17 May, and for all others on 1 June. Please check this site after 1 June. The Housing section contains links to instructions, faxable booking forms, map and a listing of hotels.

How do I register and what is the cost to attend the Annual Meeting?

Registration is free. Online pre-registration will open on 1 July. Certain dinners, luncheons and other social functions require the purchase of tickets. AUSA members only may purchase tickets in advance beginning this summer. Attendance is limited to AUSA members, Sustaining Members, exhibitors and their subsidiary companies as authorized, US military personnel (active and retired), invited guests, and others who have an identifiable relationship with the US Army or AUSA. Please be prepared to present government issued photo identification in order to receive a badge.

Is exhibition space still available?

Exhibit space at the Annual Meeting is sold out, but there is a waiting list.
The AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition is a members-only event. Exhibit space is only provided to Sustaining Member companies and military exhibitors. For more information about the Sustaining Membership Program, please contact Alex Brody at Sustaining Member companies who would like to get on the waiting list should contact Rand Meade at or 703-907-2678.

Will the schedule be the same?

Except for some minor changes in the program, the 2010 meeting is essentially the same as in previous years. A preliminary agenda will be published in the September 2010 issue of ARMY Magazine.

How do I hold an event at the Annual Meeting? 

There is space at the convention center and the headquarters hotels for events. On 1 June, a meeting space request form will be posted on this website for use in booking space.

When is the Army Ten-Miler?

The Army Ten-Miler will be run on Sunday, 24 October. For more information, see the Official Army Ten-Miler web site.

What is there to do in D.C.?

If you are visiting Washington D.C. for the Annual Meeting, the pages below will help guide you to more information about the local attractions, dining and entertainment.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Comprehensive visitor information about the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. 

Smithsonian Institution
Information about visiting the Smithsonian Institutes museums and National Zoo.

D.C. Pages
Guide to the culturally rich and diverse area in and around our nation's capital.

The Washington Post
The region's leading newspaper. The Friday Weekend section has information on the latest events, movies, nightlife and theater.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)
The area's public transit system. Information on buses and trains, including fares, routes, schedules and using the Metro system.

How do I get around in D.C.?

The Metrorail and the DC Circulator provide excellent mass transit to almost anywhere in the city.

Are suites available at the Annual Meeting? 

There are no suites at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center There is no length-of-show meeting space available. A portion of the exhibit floor is available for Business to Business suites for AUSA Sustaining Members. Although there are no suites available at the Renaissance Hotel, there is meeting space available, that might be used for the length of the meeting, just like a suite. The Grand Hyatt has suites and meeting space available. Please see contact information in the Housing Section, available on 18 May.

Do I have to register separately for the Military Family Forums?

Yes, although you may have registered for the Annual Meeting, you will need to complete registration specifically for the Military Family Forums.

What do I need to have in hand to confirm my registration at the door for the Military Family Forums?

Attendees must present their confirmation number print-out as well as their colored name badge to be seated in the main Military Family Forum presentation room. Walk-ins and those who do not have the required Military Family Forum registration documents may still attend; however, they will be directed to the overflow room. This room will have a live feed of the forum presentations and attendees will still be able to participate in the Questions and Answers sessions.

Is there standing room for the Military Family Forums if I forgot to register?

In the main forum room there will not be standing room this year; however, we will have an overflow room for attendee who did not register. The overflow room will have live feed of the conference and attendees will still be able to participate in the forums Questions and Answers sessions with presenters.

What is the dress code for the Military Family Forums?

The dress code is civilian business attire or duty uniform