The site for this year's annual NGAUS Conference, September 9th through 12th, is a city full of charm -- some of it new, some of it old, and a lot that is food and drink! The city, near the top of Chesapeake Bay, boasts distinctive neighborhoods, unique museums, and the first retro baseball stadium. It is the birthplace of Babe Ruth and our National Anthem. It ranks second among Zagat's top food cities of 2015, with cuisines that go far beyond the state's fabled crab cakes.
The Arkansas delegation will be housed in the Baltimore Hilton in the city's famous Inner Harbor area. The NGAA hospitality room will provide a place to meet for daily updates on the day's activities and relax and enjoy visiting.
Because of Baltimore's proximity to Washington, D. C., we can expect to see senior defense leaders, to include Pentagon and congressional officials, on the business sessions' agenda. In addition, NGAUS will be pushing for both major party candidates for president to come to Baltimore this year. Expect all speakers to address the conference theme: The National Guard: Across Town, Around the World.
The conference schedule falls on some interesting calendar dates. The third day is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. We will see a commemoration of that infamous day. Locally, the final day, September 12th, is Defenders Day and you are likely to run into locals dressed in period uniforms around town as Baltimoreans celebrate the defense of their city during the War of 1812.
Upon receipt of your $165.00 conference registration, NGAA will reserve your room at the Baltimore Hilton. The registration fee includes admission to the business meetings, exhibits area, Governor’s Reception, Spouse Luncheon, a mixer for company grade/warrant officers at the Inner Harbor historic seaport and landmark, and all the Hospitality Night venues to include a special invitation to the renowned SEC hospitality event at the nearby Hard Rock Cafe. Then, the grand finale on Sunday evening includes a no-host cocktail reception and the States Dinner that is sure to be followed with some exciting entertainment.
Optional events not covered by your registration fee include the NGAUS Golf Tournament and the Motorcycle Rally. Participation in these events may necessitate arriving on Thursday, 8 September.
As more information becomes available, we will update this page with the details. A video highlighting the conference and things to do in Baltimore is available on the NGAUS website.
A complete schedule of conference business, social events and times will be provided as soon that is known. For those arriving by air, a free shuttle will be provided between Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI) Airport and the hotel on the main travel days (September 8, 9, and 13).
Register today to attend. Links to a printable registration form and an online registration form are shown at the right side of this screen.
See you in Baltimore!