Association of the United States Army

General Information/FAQs

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Who can attend the Annual Meeting?

All attendees at the AUSA Annual Meeting must provide proof of identity by a Government issued photographic ID and must demonstrate that they have an "identifiable relationship" with the U.S. Army. Following are examples of acceptable demonstrations of such a relationship:

  • Membership in AUSA
  • Membership in any component of the U.S. military
  • Civilian employee of the Federal Government
  • Member of a law enforcement agency
  • Employee or invited guest of an exhibiting company
  • Member of a U.S. military or veteran association
  • Member of the military forces of foreign nations with passport
  • Invited Guests of AUSA

Where and when is the AUSA Annual Meeting?

The 2012 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place 22 - 24 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and New York Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The address is:
801 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: 202-249-3000

What Professional Development opportunities are available?

AUSA's commitment to professional development includes seminars and special presentations on the Global War on Terrorism, the Army's Transformation to the Future Force, LandWarNet, Expeditionary Logistics, Actionable Intelligence and other issues affecting today’s Army.

Will everything be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center?

With one or two exceptions for "invitation only" events, all AUSA-sponsored events will take place in the Convention Center.

Exhibits will be in Halls A, B, and C on the lower level and Halls D and E on the upper level. ILW Forums, NCO and Family programs, plus other events open to attendees will be held in the 100 and 200 area meeting rooms. The Opening Ceremony, the President's Reception, the Eisenhower Lunch, and the Marshall Dinner will take place in the Ballroom on level three.

What is the dress code?

All events except the Marshall Reception and Dinner on 24 October are informal.

Military Dress Code:
President's Reception: Class A uniform
Opening Ceremony: Duty uniform

Marshall Reception and Dinner:
  • Officers: Dress ASU/Blues/Mess Dress
  • Soldiers: Dress Blues, ASU/Mess Dress, Class A uniform with white shirt and bow tie, civilian black tie or dark business suit

Exhibit Floor and all other events: Duty uniform

Award Recipient: Class A uniform

Speakers: Business attire, ASU, Class A uniform or duty uniform

Is exhibition space still available?

There is a limited amount of exhibit space still available at the 2012 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition. The Annual Meeting is a members-only event and exhibit space is only available to AUSA Sustaining Member companies and military exhibitors. For more information about the Sustaining Membership Program, please contact Alex Brody at You may also contact Rand Meade at, 703-907-2678 (desk) or (571) 438-1363 (mobile). U.S. Army organizations that wish to display at the Annual Meeting should contact the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at (703) 693-6671. Other government organizations that wish to display should contact Rand Meade at one of the numbers above.

Will the schedule be the same?

Except for some minor changes in the program, the 2012 meeting is essentially the same as in previous years. A preliminary agenda will be published in the September 2012 issue of ARMY Magazine.

Are there speaking opportunities available at the Annual Meeting?

Speaking opportunities at AUSA's Annual Meeting are not readily available to anyone outside the Army and the defense community. The speakers for ILW's Contemporary Military Forums and other events at AUSA's Annual Meeting will be determined in coordination with the office of the Army Chief of Staff. Once the panel leaders have been identified, the composition of each panel will be determined either by the office of the Chief of Staff or by the panel leaders themselves.

How do I hold an event at the Annual Meeting?

There is space at the convention center and the headquarters hotels for events. The meeting space will be posted on this website for use in booking space, please check website in mid-April for the Meetings and Events Section.

Are suites available at the Annual Meeting?

There are no suites at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There is no length-of-show meeting space available. A portion of the exhibit floor is available for Business to Business suites for AUSA Sustaining Members. Although there are no suites available at the Renaissance Hotel, there is meeting space available, that might be used for the length of the meeting. The Grand Hyatt has suites and meeting space available. Please see contact information in the Housing Section, available on 1 May.

When is the Army Ten-Miler?

The Army Ten-Miler will be run on Sunday, 21 October. For more information, see the Official Army Ten-Miler web site.

Will there be any events for Army families at the Annual Meeting?

Yes. AUSA's Family Programs Directorate will host four Military Family Forums. In addition, there will be an AUSA Family Programs Pavilion on the main exhibit floor featuring a variety of organizations which support military families. AUSA Family Programs will also have a booth in the AUSA Pavilion. We recommend that you frequently check our Family Programs website for updated information or call us at 1-800-336-4570, ext. 2674.

Who can attend the Military Family Forums?

The Military Family Forums are open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

Do I need to register to attend the Military Family Forums?

Registration is required for admittance to the Annual Meeting. When registering, please also register specifically for each of the Military Family Forums you would like to attend. Seating for the Military Family Forums fills very quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged. Please check the Family Programs website for updated information or contact us at

What is the dress code for the Military Family Forums?

The dress code is civilian business attire or duty uniform.

As a Reserve Component Soldier do I receive Retirement Credits for Attending the Annual Meeting?

Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve personnel attending program sessions are authorized one retirement credit for each day’s attendance if at least four hours are spent in program sessions in uniform (reference NGR 680-2 and Army Regulations 140-1 and 140-185). Recommend personnel be placed on orders in a non-pay status to document time.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Registrants with special needs who participate in the AUSA Annual Meeting will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible. Please advise Ms. Merna Lipson, 703-907-2645, prior to the Annual Meeting or at the Information Booth on site of any special needs that may require attention.

Directions & Parking

How do I get to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center?

Attendees are encouraged to use Metrorail due to limited parking at and around the Center. The Center is serviced directly by the Yellow or the Green Lines at the Mt. Vernon Square 7th Street-Convention Center station. Other stations on the Blue, Orange and Red lines are within a few blocks of the Center.
Download directions to the Center
Download the DC Circulator map and Information Guide (PDF)

Is parking available?

Parking in the area is very limited. Last year there was a parking lot in the location of the old convention center that was torn down, however this space is now under construction and not available for parking. The Metrorail or the D.C. Circulator are the best ways to get to the Center. View the Parking Map of Area (PDF)


How do I register and what is the cost to attend the Annual Meeting?

Pre-registration for the Annual Meeting has closed. Registration will be available on-site beginning at 0800 on Thursday, 18 October at the Washington DC Convention Center.

Thursday, October 18th
West Registration

Friday, October 19th
West Registration

Saturday, October 20th
West Registration

Sunday, October 21st
East & West Registration

Monday, October 22nd
0700 - 1900
East & West Registration

Tuesday, October 23rd
0800 - 1700
East & West Registration

Wednesday, October 24th
0800 - 1800
East Registration
0800 - 2000
West Registration

Ticket Sales

How do I purchase tickets for social events and what is the cost?

Ticket sales is closed but will re-open onsite.

Guard/Reserve Breakfast - $40
October 22nd - 0730 - 0900

President's Reception - $50
October 22nd - 1830 - 2015

Eisenhower Luncheon - $60
October 23rd - 1230 - 1400

Civilian Luncheon - $50
October 24th - 1830 - 2015

Marshall Memorial Reception - $45
October 24th - 1800 - 1930

Marshall Memorial Dinner - $95
October 24th - 2000-2200


On Wednesday, 24 October from 0930-1300, Outstanding Soldiers will tour Arlington National Cemetery and Washington, D.C. The buses depart at 0930 from the L Street entrance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For information, contact Linda Engel, AUSA NCO & Soldier Programs, at or call (800) 336-4570, ext. 2690.

Things to do in D.C.

What is there to do in D.C.?

If you are visiting Washington D.C. for the Annual Meeting, the pages below will help guide you to more information about the local attractions, dining and entertainment.