Conference Circuit: Troop Think

The Association of the United States Army’s 2018 Annual Meeting begins next week in Washington, DC. Attendance is expected to exceed 26,000.

More than 26,000 military and industry leaders are headed to the nation’s capital to receive essential professional development, build their connections, and get hands-on experience with the latest machinery, tools, and technologies.

Organization: Association of the United States Army

Conference: 2018 Annual Meeting

Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

City: Washington, DC

The 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting kicks off early Monday morning with an opening ceremony featuring the secretary of the Army, Mark T. Esper, as well as the presentation of several AUSA national awards. Also on the agenda:

Friendly competition. The Battle Challenge, taking place on the show floor, is a unique fitness and ability-based competition composed of marksmanship skills and job-related tasks. Performing a series of nine tasks, including a cargo-net climb and knotted-rope descent, Battle Challenge participants race against the clock and their age- and gender-group opponents for bragging rights in a side-by-side battlefield simulation.

Workforce warriors. Since 2013, AUSA has partnered with the American Freedom Foundation to offer the Warriors to the Workforce Washington event at its annual meeting. Major companies will be onsite to provide employment opportunities to veterans, military spouses, and transitioning military service members. Attendees can talk with employers, submit qualifications, participate in job interviews, and have their resumes reviewed.

Families first. The AUSA Family Readiness Directorate is hosting three military family forums, along with networking events, at the annual meeting. Options include a town hall with senior Army leaders, a networking breakfast, and a “munch and mingle” luncheon where they catch up or get to know other military families.

Head to Twitter (#AUSA2018) for other meeting details.

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Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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