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AUSA 2019 Offers Several Family Forums

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

This year’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition will feature several family readiness-focused events.

“This is an important time for Army families,” said Patty Barron, director of AUSA’s Family Readiness directorate. “With so many changes happening with Army family programs, issues with housing and PCS moves, and a brand-new Army leadership team, the forums could not be more spot on.”

The three-day conference in Washington, D.C., will kick off with a family readiness networking breakfast on Oct. 14, featuring Maria McConville, spouse of Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville, as the keynote speaker. Available tickets can be purchased on site during registration hours.

Later that afternoon, panelists will discuss changes to Army policy regarding Soldier and Family Readiness Groups, the importance of Army spouses connecting with each other, behavioral health for spouses and children, and access to resources during a military family forum.

On Oct. 15, three additional family forums are scheduled. The first two forums will focus on military spouse employment, Army housing and permanent change-of-station moves.
The last event will be an open forum featuring Army senior leaders—Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, Gen. James McConville and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston—in a town hall setting.

“We hope many family members will tune in and ask the hard questions,” Barron said. “It is a great opportunity for meaningful dialog and engagement.”

For additional details on registration and a schedule of events, visit AUSA’s Annual Meeting page.

Advance registration is open until 8 p.m. Eastern Oct. 8. On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. Eastern Oct. 11. To register, click here.