AUSA Focuses on Health, Safety for Annual Meeting

AUSA Focuses on Health, Safety for Annual Meeting

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Health and safety are the paramount considerations as the Association of the U.S. Army continues planning for the 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition, an in-person event Oct. 11–13 at the D.C. convention center. 

The meeting will be conducted according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, along with restrictions that might be required by the District of Columbia and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Rules are expected to be revised as health risks change over time. 

Those attending the meeting should be prepared to wear masks, as required by the District of Columbia for anyone over the age of 2 regardless of vaccination status.

Framed around the theme “America’s Army and its People, Transforming for the Future,” the three-day event will have the traditional exhibitions, forums and presentations from Army and industry leaders. 

The opening ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. 

Nine forums are planned, with one focusing on the Department of Homeland Security and eight on Army topics. Additionally, the traditional military family forums with Army leaders are scheduled. There also will be other professional development events for uniformed and civilian personnel. 

Some events require separate registration and a fee, and there are a few invitation-only events.

The agenda is still being finalized, and the latest details are available here.

“AUSA is committed to the health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, partners and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic as we prepare for this year’s event,” AUSA said in statement. “We are continuously monitoring recommendations from local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for essential large group meetings and events. We encourage you to do the same.” 

For those living outside the U.S., the association recommends following “relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Embassy or your local health authority and adhere to government issued travel restrictions issued by the region you will be travelling to and the region you are travelling from.” 

AUSA intends to provide more detailed guidance closer to the event, according to organizers. 

Health and safety measures are being stepped up for the 2021 meeting, including more cleaning, air filtration and disinfection of the facility, widely available hand sanitizing stations and no-contact health screenings based on body temperature that can produce readings from 16 feet. 

There also will be contactless food and beverage outlets, QR code ordering and other options for attendees. 

Registration for the annual meeting is now open here.