October 8, 2010
In this first week of October, we are in the final days of preparation for what will be our largest and most meaningful Annual Meeting ever. Clearly, we will be AUSA Strong and will compliment the Army’s premier message of Army Strong.
This will be our eighth year in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington D.C. We start Sunday with the Army Ten- Miler with more than 30,000 runners – the largest field ever – including a Wounded Warrior team, “Missing Parts”, from Walter Reed and the Army’s Wounded Warrior Brigade.
Monday October 25th will see Secretary of the Army John McHugh keynote the Opening Ceremony along with the superb pageantry of the Old Guard Soldiers and Pershing’s Own Band. Also you may recall we will be presenting our AUSA National Awards Medals including the AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award to MSG Evalani Faniel and her family from Ft. Lee, VA
Monday afternoon will see the kickoff of our two successful seminar series – The AUSA Military Family Forums and the Institute of Land Warfare Contemporary Military Forums. Both will run right through Wednesday afternoon.
Throughout the meeting, there will be events that pertain to the wide-ranging constituencies of AUSA – Active Duty personnel, National Guard, Army Reserve, Army Civilians, Chapter Leaders, and Military Families, as well as over 500,000 square feet of exhibit space filled with the latest in military hardware and software.
The capstone of the meeting will be our annual Marshall Dinner during which the Marshall Medal will be presented to former congressman and former Secretary of the Army Preston “Pete” Geren.
To get deep into the details of the Annual Meeting, go to the AUSA website www.ausa.org/meetings and after this Annual Meeting concludes prepare yourself for Annual Meeting 2011 when AUSA will have all five exhibit halls on two floors and the entire convention center to utilize. Until then, however – See You at Annual Meeting, October 25-27. AUSA Strong for Army Strong!