AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition – Oct. 22 – Oct. 24 


America’s Army: Service to the Nation, Strength for the Future," ™ the theme of the Association of the United States Army’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition – A Professional Development Forum – will set the tone for speeches, industry and military exhibits and special presentations from senior Defense Department and Army leaders on subjects relating to the Army of the present and the Army of 2020.

The AUSA meeting, Oct. 22 – 24, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., is a “Professional Development Forum” focusing on panel discussions, educational forums, and multimedia presentations and workshops that showcase the Army, the soldier and the Army family.

This year -- for the second consecutive year – the meeting will occupy the entire Convention Center.

The meeting attracts over 36,000 members and guests annually.

Only AUSA members may purchase tickets for lunches, dinners and receptions in advance before Sept. 28. Members and non-members may register in advance not later than Oct. 16. After the advance closing date, registering for the meeting and purchasing tickets and to the functions, if available, will be done on-site at the Convention Center.

For information on registering and purchasing tickets, visit the AUSA website at – "Annual Meeting." There is no registration fee.

The Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, located within walking distance of the Convention Center, will be the meeting’s headquarters hotel.

All program activities, sessions and social events will take place in the Convention Center except the Chapter Presidents Dinner, the ROTC Luncheon, the Corporate Member Luncheon and the Army Civilian Luncheon that will be held in the Renaissance Hotel.

Program highlights

Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., AUSA president, will host the Chapter Presidents Dinner Sunday, Oct. 21.

The dinner’s speaker is Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will brief the Association’s volunteer leadership.

On Monday morning, Oct. 22, members of the reserve components will attend the Maj. Gen. Robert G. Moorhead Guard and Reserve Breakfast.

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, will address the reserve component attendees at this event.

Following this breakfast, the meeting will officially open with a patriotic presentation by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band, "Pershing’s Own," in the center’s ballroom.

The secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh, will be the meeting’s keynote speaker at the opening ceremony.

Three luncheons will follow the opening session.

The Sergeant Major of the Army Awards Luncheon is the venue where the selection of the Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year will be announced.

NCOs and soldiers – to include the drill sergeants of the year, recruiters of the year, the Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year and the winners of Army-wide competitions – will also be introduced.

The Army vice chief of staff, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, will speak at this luncheon.

Gen. Carter F. Ham, who commands U.S. Africa Command, will address the ROTC Luncheon for cadets and PMS personnel.

AUSA will host the Corporate Member Luncheon also on Monday. The speaker is Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general, U.S. Forces Korea.

Monday’s activities conclude with the President’s Reception honoring McHugh, the Army chief of staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, and the sergeant major of the Army, Raymond Chandler.

On Tuesday, the Association will host the Congressional Staffers Breakfast, where McHugh will speak to the assembled Hill staffers and Army guests before they tour the exhibit hall.

Warrant officer seminar

CW5 Gary Nisker, command chief warrant officer and past president of the Warrant Officers Association, will preside at a professional development seminar for warrant officers 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday.  

At the Dwight D. Eisenhower Luncheon, Odierno will deliver his "State of the Army" address to the membership.

Reserve components

The chief of the Army Reserve, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, will convene a seminar for U.S. Army Reserve personnel on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and Lt. Gen. William E. Engram, director of the Army National Guard, will hold a seminar for Army National Guard personnel on the same day from 2:30 to 4 p.m.   

From 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the command sergeant major of the Army Reserve, Michael Schultz, will hold a breakout session for reserve NCOs and soldiers, and on Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30, the command sergeant major of the Army National Guard, not yet selected at press time, will also conduct a breakout session. 

The Army Civilian Professional Development Seminar and a luncheon for civilian employees are on Wednesday.

Thomas R. Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, will speak the civilian luncheon.

The deputy secretary of defense, Ashton P. Carter, will speak at the Sustaining Member Luncheon for the Association’s defense industry members on Wednesday.

Special events for NCOs and soldiers

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III will convene the annual Sergeant Major of the Army Conference for Noncommissioned Officers on Monday at 7 a.m.

The NCO Professional Development Forum will be held, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

This year’s topic is "The Army Profession."

ILW forums

To emphasize the Annual Meeting’s focus as a Professional Development Forum, the Association’s Institute of Land Warfare will conduct an expanded series of Contemporary Military Forums throughout the three-day event.

All forums will be held in the Convention Center. Dates, times, topics and room numbers will be posted on the "Annual Meeting Schedule" webpage – -- as updated and received, and will appear in the Annual Meeting Program.

ILW papers

ILW paper presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. Titles and authors of the papers will be announced at a later date.


AUSA books

AUSA’s book program is conducted in cooperation with the Naval Institute Press, Praeger Security International, and The University Press of Kentucky.

Selected authors will speak about their books during the Authors’ Forum, Monday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Books and authors also will be available throughout the meeting at the AUSA Pavilion – Booth 407, Exhibit Hall A -- for book signings.

All AUSA books will be sold at the pavilion, and Association members receive discounts of up to one-third off individual AUSA books.

AUSA family programs

AUSA will conduct four Military Family Forums at the AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

0 Military Family Forum I, “Army Families: Our Leaders Speak,” will be held on Monday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Presenters will include John McHugh, secretary of the Army; Gen. Raymond T.  Odierno, Army chief of staff; Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III; Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., director, Army National Guard; the National Guard command sergeant major (not named at press time); Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, chief, Army Reserve; and  Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Schultz, Army Reserve.

Also speaking will be Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commanding general, Installation Also speaking will be Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commander, Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff, installation management, and Command Sgt. Maj.  Earl Rice, Installation Management Command and senior enlisted adviser, assistant chief of staff installation management.

0 Military Family Forum II, “Army Families: Behavioral Health Challenges and Triumphs,” will convene on Tuesday morning, Oct. 23, from 8 to 11a.m.

This forum will focus on the challenges and success of various behavioral health initiatives recently created for military families.

0 Military Family Forum III, “Army Families: Transitions and New Beginnings,” is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Panelists will discuss the difficult transition and reintegration experiences faced by these experiences, and share best practices and programs that have been especially helpful.

0 The fourth and final forum, “Army Families -- Military Children -- Our Nation’s Future,” Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, examines reintegration issues affecting military children. 

These experiences will be discussed from both an educational and developmental perspective.

Speakers will focus on the impacts on healthy child development and best practices that are resonating with military kids in today's military family environment.

For those individuals not able to attend the Family Forums, AUSA is providing a LIVESTREAM option for each of the forum dates and times.

Interested persons should go to for information on how to join us online.

Those attending the AUSA Annual Meeting are invited to attend the Military Family Forums.

Seating is limited therefore pre-registration is highly encouraged. Register at:

AUSA Family Programs will also host the AUSA Family Programs Pavilion in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall C.

This pavilion features a variety of organizations currently supporting military families. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 22, 23 and 24.

For questions or help with registration, contact the Family Programs staff at 1- (800) 336-4570, Ext. 2684, or by e-mailing

Retiree activities 

There are three special events for retirees and veterans

0 Retiree Seminar

The Retiree Seminar will provide information from OPM on the Federal Veterans Employment Initiative.

Additionally, John Radke, Army G-1 Retirement Services, will provide an update to include support of the National Guard and Army Reserve, as well as other issues of interest to retirees and veterans.

The seminar will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, in the convention center, Room 103 B.

0 SBP/Pre-Retirement Briefing

A Pre-Retirement and Survivor Benefit Plan Briefing will be conducted by William Hursh from the Army G1 Retirement Services Office.

This session will focus on those contemplating retirement; however, it has valuable information that can be used by those who counsel subordinates on retirement.

This session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9 to 11 a. m, at the convention center in Room 103 B.

0 Workshop -- Federal Employment Process.

A two hour session by Office of Personnel Management on the federal employment process is a new event this year that will provide insight and guidance in how to apply for a federal job.

Marshall dinner

James A. Baker III, a former secretary of state, will receive the Association’s highest award for selfless service to the nation, the George Catlett Marshall Medal, at the Marshall dinner on Wednesday night.

Annual Meeting information

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