AUSA National Meeting
Date(s) - 10/19/2012 - 10/24/2012
While economic uncertainties abound and many in America continue to face tough fiscal times, America’s military is as busy today as any time in modern history. The brave men and women of our Army continue to be asked to do more.
The issues our Country and our Army face are complex, overlapping and at times seem to be in opposition one with the other. The changing landscape in the Middle East and North Africa as the Department of Defense “pivots” to the Asia-Pacific region after 10 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, a nearly $500 billion reduction in defense spending over the next 10 years, Army downsizing and reorganization, the looming crisis of sequestration, and DoD’s request for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) rounds in 2013 and 2015 will dominate the formulation of our nation’s security strategy.
National decision makers will continue to face tough choices in the coming years. Over the next eighteen months, these issues will be studied and courses of action proposed as DOD prepares its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. Whatever the decisions that are ultimately made, they will most assuredly impact our Soldiers, their Families and all of us that support the Great Place.
This all means we as an AUSA Chapter and the Central Texas Community have much work to do. Our job continues to be to let everyone know that in Central Texas, our nation’s Soldiers have found – and will always find – levels of capability and support unmatched elsewhere in America. We MUST carry this message to AUSA’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, October 22-24, 2012. This year we will be meeting while the Senate is scheduled to be in session. We go as Winners – and ask that you plan NOW to be a part of our team!
Below is a preliminary agenda for the 2012 AUSA National Meeting in Washington, DC as we know it today.
2012 AUSA National Meeting Agenda
Friday, October 19, 2012:
1400-2000: Army Ten-Miler Packet Pick Up & New Balance EXPO: For Runners-Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington VA.
Saturday, October 20, 2012:
Many of us will travel to DC on Saturday in order to attend the Army 10 Miler early on Sunday morning. No chapter-directed activities are planned for Saturday. Members are encouraged to buddy-up and enjoy our Capitol city.
Sunday, October 21, 2012:
Morning: The 28th annual Army Ten-Miler. Begins at 8:00 a.m. but you might want to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. And don’t forget the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter Hooah Tent – always a preferred gathering place. Afternoon: Texas Reception for Friends of Fort Hood. Chapter members who register through this chapter are invited to the home of the (YTBD) for a most appreciated afternoon reception. This is a BY INVITATION ONLY event for chapter members only. No exceptions can or will be permitted.
Monday, October 22, 2012:
0900-1700: Exhibits Open. Throughout the three day Exhibition, we can count on a variety of Military Family-focused and Contemporary Military Forums and Professional discussions. More data on these to follow.
0930-1115: Opening Session. “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation”: Speakers are expected to include Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and AUSA National President, General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan.
1230-1400: Sergeant Major of the Army Awards Luncheon. General Officers, Command Sergeants Major, other selected NCOs and our Outstanding Soldier and NCO of the Year go directly to the Sergeant Major of the Army Awards Luncheon. Speaker – TBA. Ticket Required.
1230-1400: Corporate Member Luncheon. Again this year, this luncheon will be sponsored by AUSA, without cost to attendees. Our chapter will be given a limited number of tickets for distribution. Speaker – TBA.
1800: Chapter Group Photo. Chapter members assemble in the Grand Lobby of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center so that we may take a chapter photo. We then proceed to the President’s Reception.
1830-2015: AUSA President’s Reception. This reception honors the Secretary of the Army, Army Chief of Staff, and Sergeant Major of the Army. Business Dress. Ticket Required.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012:
1130-1215: Dwight David Eisenhower Reception. Exhibit Halls A, B & C.
1230-1400: Dwight David Eisenhower Luncheon: Speaker – TBA. Ticket Required1900-2100: Our always spectacular “Texas Friendly Spoken Here” Reception. We will spend two hours in one-on-one discussion with our nation’s senior military and civilian leadership.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012:
0900-1530: National Capitol Tour for NCOs and Soldiers: NCOs and Soldiers will visit Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns and receive a windshield tour of the Washington, DC area.
1200-1400: Department of the Army Civilian Luncheon. Speaker – TBA Ticket Required.
1800-2000: The George Catlett Marshall Reception: Halls C, D & E of the Washington Convention Center. Ticket Required.
2000-2300: The George Catlett Marshall Dinner. Main Ballroom, Washington Convention Center. Former Secretary of State James Baker will receive this year’s Marshall Medal. Ticketed Required.
To make all of this happen, we will need your prompt registration, active participation and financial support. Please review and complete the attached sponsorship and registration forms, selecting the sponsorship level at which you, your firm, organization or city would like to participate, and the ticketed events that you would like to attend. Please complete a separate registration form for each individual attendee. And we ask that you mail your forms to our postal box so that they arrive NLT Monday, August 13th.
Then after a few days, check our website-posted roster of confirmed chapter sponsors and participants. If you do not find your sponsorship and registration posted, contact John Crutchfield (254-526-9551), email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ron Taylor (254-532-2493), email: email@example.com to clarify the status of your requests.
The message we carry each year to Washington is very important. Please plan to join us in supporting our Soldiers, their Families, our chapter and the professional interests of Fort Hood and Central Texas.
Bookings are closed for this event.