Frequently Asked Questions 

Where and when is the AUSA Annual Meeting?

The 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting will take place 10 - 12 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 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: 202-249-3000
www.dcconvention.com

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 and Information Guide (PDF)


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, however this space will be under construction during the Annual Meeting. The 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 floor plans.

Exhibits will be in Halls A, B and, C on the lower level and Halls D and E on the upper level. ILW Forums, 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 12 October are informal.

Military Dress Code:

  • 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. Please click here for online reservations, faxable booking forms, maps and a listing of hotels. 


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

Registration is free. Certain dinners, luncheons and other social functions require the purchase of tickets. AUSA members only may purchase tickets in advance. 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. To register for a badge click here.

Registration Hours:

 Thursday  6 October  0800 - 1700   Concourse A
 Friday  7 October  0800 - 1700   Concourse A
 Saturday  8 October  0800 - 1700   Concourse A
 Sunday  9 October  0800 - 1800   East Registration
 Monday 10 October  0700 - 1900   East Registration
 Tuesday 11 October  0800 - 1700   East Registration
 Wednesday 12 October  0800 - 1800   East Registration 


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 abrody@ausa.org. Sustaining Member firms who would like to get on the waiting list should contact Rand Meade at rmeade@ausa.org or 703-907-2678. Military units should contact Mrs. Jennifer Chagnon at Global Experience Specialists (GES) jchagnon@ges.com or 703-926-2696.


Will the schedule be the same?

Except for some minor changes in the program, the 2011 meeting is essentially the same as in previous years. A preliminary agenda will be published in the September 2011 issue of ARMY Magazine. A strawman agenda is currently available on the Annual Meeting Website, click here to view.

How do I hold an event at the Annual Meeting?

There is space at the convention center and the headquarters hotels for events. The meeting space request form is posted on this website for use in booking space.


When is the Army Ten-Miler?

The Army Ten-Miler will be run on Sunday, 9 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. The Grand Hyatt has suites and meeting space available. Please see contact information
in the Housing Section, available on 1 June.


Will there be any events for Army families at the Annual Meeting?

Yes. AUSA's Family Programs Directorate will host four Military Family Forums. In addition, there will be an AUSA Family Programs Pavilion on the main exhibit floor featuring a variety of organizations which support military families. AUSA Family Programs will also have a booth in the AUSA Pavilion. We recommend that you frequently check our Family Programs web site at www.ausa.org/family for updated information or call us at 1-800-336-4570, ext. 150.


Who can attend the Military Family Forums?

The Military Family Forums are open to all Annual Meeting attendees.


Do I need to register to attend the Military Family Forums?

Registration is required for admittance to the Annual Meeting. Please Register specifically for each of the  Military Family Forums you would like to attend.  Seating for the Military Family Forums fills very quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.  Please check the Family Programs website for updated information or contact us at fptemp@ausa.org.


What is the dress code for the Military Family Forums?

The dress code is civilian business attire or duty uniform.

As a Reserve Component Soldier do I receive Retirement Credits for Attending the Annual Meeting?  

Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve personnel
attending program sessions are authorized one retirement credit for each
day’s attendance if at least four hours are spent in program sessions in
uniform (reference NGR 680-2 and Army Regulations 140-1 and 140-185).
Recommend personnel be placed on orders in a non-pay status to
document time.