The Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition is one of the largest land warfare expositions and professional development forums in the world. To be held 12 -14 October, 2015 in Washington D.C., the AUSA Annual Meeting consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops, and important AUSA business meetings.
Each year more than 26,000 people attend the three day event which includes over 500 industry and military exhibits and presentations on the state of the Army and related defense subjects by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Chief of Staff, and other senior Army and Department of Defense representatives.
This year’s Annual Meeting festivities kick off on 11 October with the 31st Annual Army Ten-Miler, the Army’s premier athletic event. Hosted by the United States Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler, with 35,000 runners and over 800 teams, is one of the best races in America. Thousands of military and civilian runners from all 50 states, Korea, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Chile, and Brazil are expected to participate.
The Opening Ceremony of the Annual Meeting will take place on Monday morning, 12 October. The ceremony will feature The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, and the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard). The patriotic pageant, with the presentation of colors and a dramatic multimedia presentation, is sure to inspire all who attend. The Honorable John. M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, is the invited speaker.
Presentations, panel discussions, and professional development workshops will be held throughout the three-day event. AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare will host a series of Contemporary Military Forums on topics of current interest, and host discussions of research papers selected for publication. Five Military Family Forums will be held allowing Army senior leaders and experts in the field of family readiness to discuss with participants the status of the Army Family.
Other activities and events held during the AUSA Annual Meeting include those for AUSA Corporate and Sustaining members, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, ROTC, Army Staff Senior Warrant Officers, Retirees, Department of the Army Civilians, and Outstanding Soldiers.
In the exhibition hall, attendees can visit over 500 military and industry exhibits showcasing the newest in military and defense equipment. Or they can visit The Warriors To The Workforce Hiring Event, part of the American Freedom Foundation’s initiative to help veterans, transitioning military service members, and spouses find employment. The AUSA Veterans Pavilion will feature organizations dedicated to helping veterans and their families with employment, health care, education, and other veterans’ services. The Small Business Pavilion will showcase products and services provided to the defense industry by small businesses. And AUSA Innovator’s Corner is a new initiative designed to proactively identify innovative technologies and approaches addressing the top military challenges of today.
Closing the Annual Meeting is the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Reception and Dinner to be held 14 October. Established in 1960, the George Catlett Marshall Medal is presented by the Association of the United States Army annually for selfless service to the United States of America in various areas, under extraordinary circumstances.
The 2015 recipient of the George Catlett Marshall Medal is Former Secretary of Defense, The Honorable Leon E. Panetta.
Other awards to be presented by The Association of the United States Army at the Annual Meeting are:
The General Creighton W. Abrams Medal, awarded annually to the individual, not necessarily a member of AUSA, or organization contributing most to the advancement of the United States Army.
2015 Winner: GEN (Ret.) William F. Kernan
The Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, awarded annually to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of the Association of the U.S. Army.
2015 Winner: Felicia Campbell
The John W. Dixon Award, presented annually for distinguished service in the industrial community resulting in outstanding contributions to national defense.
2015 Winner: Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman Corp.
The Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal, awarded annually to a noncommissioned officer – Active, Army National Guard, Army Reserve or Retired – contributing most to the United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps.
2015 Winner: SGM (Ret.) David G. Martinez
The Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal, awarded annually to a serving or former member of the United States National Guard who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.
2015 Winner: BG (Ret.) James P. Combs
The Major General James Earl Rudder Medal, awarded annually to a serving or former member of the United States Army Reserve who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.
2015 Winner: MG (Ret.) James M. Collins, Jr.
The AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award, presented annually to an outstanding family in recognition of its volunteer efforts to promote the well-being of Soldiers and their family members. Recipient may be Active duty, Army civilian, or from the Army Reserve Component.
2015 Winner: The Sergeant Blagoy Pogoncheff Family
The Joseph P. Cribbins Medal, presented annually to a current or recently retired Department of the Army Civilian of any component in recognition of their exemplary service to the U. S. Army, significant contributions to AUSA and the local community.
2015 Winner: Annette Lozen
The AUSA National Service Award, presented annually to an organization in recognition of exemplary service and enduring support to the American Soldier and the United States Army community.
2015 Winner: The Gary Sinise Foundation