The 2022 NGAUS Conference in Columbus OH, was a great time. The Iowa National Guard had about 35 attendees that not only learned a lot but had a fun time doing it, thanks to those that attended.
The 2023 NGAUS Conference will be held in Reno Nevada, Aug 18-21, 2022. Registration will be available by the end of March 2023.
Below is some tentative information from the Conference planning team:
Nevada is planning to offer the following events (tentative):
Fun Run within the downtown city Riverwalk district along a flowing stream
Motorcycle Ride through the flowing hills of Reno and Lake Tahoe
Sponsor’s Golf outing
NGAUS Golf outing
Hike up Mt Rose, an extremely scenic hike up Mt. Rose hiking trail with great views. This hike features a diverse array of natural environments, a beautiful waterfall, and panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada region and Lake Tahoe
NGAUS and Team Nevada is planning to change a few events around starting with the traditional ending event of the States Dinner will now be Saturday, 19 August, which will be the official starting day of this year’s conference. We are moving the Governor’s reception to Monday, 21 August which will be referred to as the Final Gathering with all attendees to be a great social gathering before we bring Reno’s event to an end.
Below is also the NGAUS Conference Web page, that details will be posted periodically.
Comments from past attendees to NGAUS conferences:
I was extremely honored to have been sponsored by INGOA to attend such an event. The grant process was very easy and straight forward as instructions were outlined on the website (INGOA). My company commander constantly promotes soldiers to join INGOA, now, I do understand the reason behind this opportunity
OPD Sessions. This was wonderful event; I was able to meet lots of fellow company grade officers from other parts of the Country. The opportunity to be in the same room with Chief of Staff for the Army, Chief of Staff of the National Guard, Chief of Staff of the Airforce, and the Director of the National Guard was the highlight of my Army career. I never in million years thought I would come in close contact with some of the top military leaders in our country. They all have similar messages on officer development and how to overcome adversity in this world. It was breathtaking to know that our peers from neighboring States experience similar situation and roadblocks. To hear what the National Guard Bureau is doing at its level to support Soldiers is mind blowing and I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for this session.
Business sessions. I did enjoy how these were all formal and to see all 54 states and territories in the opening roll call was amazing. The band and concert were great as they played music from most genre. To have the chief of Army speak and answer questions in real time was great experience. His message was simple; Joint operations, how we can maintain standards to accomplish the mission rather than lowering standards and failure of our mission. I like the fact that he is not interested in lowering standards but willing to assist motivated Soldiers to achieve their goals but meeting the standards set forth by the Army. The presentation of awards to people was a great highlight and that exemplifies how hard work and dedication can be a rewarded.
States Dinner. Hosting a formal dinner in an informal environment was nothing that I have experienced in my career, however, I liked it as it created a relax environment for everyone involved. I enjoyed seeing others in their team spirit and motivation towards peers in same teams. Regardless of the environment, the message was still clear and concise “Joint operation among members of the uniform services”.
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