2023 Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition?

The AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place 9-11 October 2023, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC) located between 7th and 9th Streets and where New York and Massachusetts Avenues intersect in Washington, D.C. All events will be in-person.  You may register here: AM23 Registration

Ballroom events will be live streamed on AUSA.org.

Walter E Washington Convention Center
Allen Y. Lew Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

Who can attend the Annual Meeting?

Registrants should have an “identifiable relationship” with AUSA. As a private association, AUSA reserves the right to deny admission or to cancel any registration without explanation. The following are acceptable relationships:

· AUSA Membership
· Any member of the Armed Forces or their immediate family
· Employee of an exhibiting company
· Employee of an AUSA National Partner or Community Partner
· Civilian or contracted employee of the Federal Government
· Member of a designated U.S. military or veteran association
· Member of the military forces of foreign nations, or civilian embassy employees
· Military Cadet (service academies or JROTC/ROTC, OCS)
· Media
· Member of a Federal, State, Tribal or municipal law enforcement agency, a firefighter, or an EMT/EMS

Not a member? Join AUSA Now: AUSA Membership

How do I register for a Badge? Is there a fee to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting?

The 2023 AUSA Annual Meeting is free. Attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and media can register here: AUSA AM 2023 REGISTRATION. On-line registration is open throughout the event.

Along with on-line registration, in-person registration at the WEWCC is available from Friday, 6 October - Wednesday 11 October 2023. Full registration hours are listed below.

There are four badge types at the AUSA Annual Meeting





Most people at the AUSA Annual Meeting are Attendees. This badge type is given to anyone who is not exhibitor booth staff, a member of the press/media, or congressional.

Full access to the Annual Meeting educational programs, social events1, and the exhibit hall during program hours.


U.S. Senators, Representatives, and their staffs. May also include state legislators.

Full access to the Annual Meeting educational programs, social events1, and the exhibit hall during program hours.


Exhibit booth staff of an exhibiting company or organization in Halls A/B/C/D/E.

Full access to the Annual Meeting educational programs, social events1. Access to Halls A/B/C/D/E during specified non-show hours2,3


Pre-vetted members of the press/media. Media who have not been pre-approved must report to Room 103A, WEWCC for press access to the Annual Meeting.

Full access to the Annual Meeting educational programs, social events1. Access to Halls A/B/C/D/E during specified non-show hours2,3.

1Social events require a separate ticket.  2Exhibitor badges are for recognized booth staff of a booth in the exhibit halls. There is no limit to the number of exhibitor badges at the AUSA Annual Meeting. Attendees who require access to the exhibit hall when it is closed must be escorted in and out of the exhibit hall by a badged exhibitor.  3Guidance on access during non-show hours provided separately.

Ticketed Events

Tickets to our popular Annual Meeting social events can be purchased when you register for a badge. Tickets will be sold on-line through 27 September 2023 or until SOLD OUT. After that, remaining tickets will be for sale at Registration in the convention center. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase early, some events will sell out! A list of tickets and descriptions/pricing can be found here: 2023 TICKETS

Please note:

· All badges and tickets will be available at the WEWCC, Allen Y Lew entrance. No badges or tickets will be mailed.

· The QR code provided in your confirmation email will ensure a quick badge and ticket pick-up process.

  · There is a 100% photo identification (ID) check at the AUSA Annual Meeting. A government-issued photo ID (e.g., CAC, military dependent ID, driver’s license, passport) is required to receive your badge and tickets. If you are picking up a badge or        tickets for someone else, you must have a copy of their photo ID with you. Badges and tickets will not be released without proper ID.

· Lost or damaged badge and ticket reprints require a photo ID.


I am a VIP-invited guest. How do I register and select my tickets?

VIP-invited guests will receive an AUSA Annual Meeting 2023 invitation package via email from the AUSA Operations Center in late August/early September 2023. To receive VIP tickets, carefully follow the instructions contained in the invitation. VIP attendees do not need to register separately for a badge. If the VIP is attending annual meeting, but not attending any ticketed, social events, they should still use the VIP invitation to register for a badge.

VIP-invited guests who do not receive the invitation email by 15 September 2023 should send an email to the AUSA Operations Center.  Your invitation may have been routed to your spam/junk folder or sent to your personal email address on file with AUSA. Please check those locations before contacting the Operations Center.

VIP badge and ticket pick-up are subject to the same identification requirements as all other attendees. A government-issued photo ID is required for all badges and ticket pick-ups. If you are picking up a badge and tickets for another person, you must have a copy of their government-issued photo ID to receive the packet.

Registration Hours – Badge and Ticket Pickup at the WEWCC:






6 October 2023

0800 – 1700

East Salon


7 October 2023

0800 – 1700

East Salon


8 October 2023

0800 – 1800

East Salon


9 October 2023

0630 – 1830

East Salon


10 October 2023

0700 – 1700

East Salon


11 October 2023

0800 – 1700

East Salon

late ticket pickup for the Marshall Dinner is at the Information Booth 1700-1830


Exhibit Hall Hours.  A map of the floor plan can be found here:  AM 2023 Exhibit Hall


9 October 2023


Halls A/B/C/D/E


10 October 2023


Halls A/B/C/D/E


11 October 2023


Halls A/B/C/D/E


Is there a Mobile App?

Yes! AUSA has a mobile app for this year’s Annual Meeting. Please visit www.ausa.org/mobile for more information.

The app allows you to:

· View the meeting agenda and session information

· Create a personalized schedule of events

· Receive session reminder notifications

· View and connect with exhibitors

· Find your way around the convention center hall

· Expand your professional network and connect with the entire AUSA community in one place!

How do I get to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC)? Is there parking?

Parking is not available at the WEWCC. There are several fee-based parking facilities in the surrounding area. Please refer to this link for further options on getting to the WEWCC: Ground Transportation.

Annual Meeting hotels are within a 10-minute walk to the WEWCC. Taxi and ride-share drop-off is at the Mt Vernon Place (front) entrance of the WEWCC.

Is Wi-Fi available during the Annual Meeting?

Yes. The Wi-Fi for the 2023 AUSA Annual Meeting is: AUSA2023. You may connect at the WEWCC on your web browser through Smart City. AUSA does not take responsibility for the security of this Wi-Fi connection.

Is there an Annual Meeting Code of Conduct?

Yes. All registrants agree to the AUSA Code of Conduct during badge registration. A copy may be found here: AUSA Event Code of Conduct.

Hotel Information

AUSA has secured a block of rooms at local hotels. Please visit our Hotel & Travel page for information on how to reserve a room at the guaranteed rates.

What is the headquarters hotel/connecting corridor to the WEWCC?

The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is the headquarters hotel located at 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001. Valet-only parking is available for an additional daily charge. There is an underground walkway to the WEWCC on the Mezzanine level of the Marriott Marquis. The connector will be open during these hours:

Sunday, 8 Oct – 0600-2200
Monday, 9 Oct – 0600-2200
Tuesday, 10 Oct – 0600-2030
Wednesday, 11 Oct – 0600-2230
Thursday, 12 Oct – 0600-1500



Convention Management Resources (CMR) is the official housing provider for AUSA AM 2023. Be aware of other companies that may contact you and indicate that they are affiliated with AUSA and the AUSA Annual Meeting and claim to offer hotels at reduced rates. These companies are not affiliated in any way with AUSA, and it is highly recommended that you do not use their services. At past events, exhibitors and attendees have used these companies and lost deposits or did not receive the hotel rooms they reserved. CMR is the ONLY authorized hotel reservations contact. If you receive solicitations from other companies, please forward them to EventHousing@ausa.org.

What professional development opportunities are available?

AUSA’s commitment to professional development includes seminars and special presentations on the issues affecting today’s Army. Please refer to the Agenda for the latest schedule and for retirement points credit.

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.

Will there be a Hiring Event?

AUSA once again welcomes Your Next Mission®. Please refer to this page for more information: Your Next Mission®.

Is the entire Annual Meeting program at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center?

Please check the AM 23 Agenda as events have changed locations from previous years. Some events have changed location within the WEWCC, and some have moved to the Marriott Marquis. Floorplan maps for this event are available at registration.

Exhibits are in Halls A, B, and C on the lower level and Halls D and E on the upper level. Education forums, NCO programs, Family programs, and other events open to attendees are in the 100 and 200 area meeting rooms. The Opening Ceremony, President’s Reception, Eisenhower Lunch, and Marshall Dinner will take place in the Ballroom on Level Three. The Ballroom events will be live streamed at ausa.org/live

Dress Code

The Annual Meeting dress code is informal except for the Marshall Dinner on 11 October 2023 (black-tie). Please refer to the detailed dress code here Dress Code 2023.

Where can I find the agenda?

This year’s schedule can be found here: 2023 AM Agenda.

How do I become a speaker at Annual Meeting?

Speakers for major events at AUSA’s Annual Meeting (such as the Opening Ceremony and the Eisenhower Luncheon) are drawn from the Army leadership (e.g., the Secretary of the Army, the Army Chief of Staff, the Sergeant Major of the Army); Army leaders and their spouses also speak at AUSA Family Programs events, along with individuals from organizations and entities active in the support of Soldiers and their families. The Contemporary Military Forums address the Army's most immediate issues; this dictates that we obtain our speakers from within the Army and the larger defense community. The speakers for these Forums and other events at AUSA's Annual Meeting will be determined (as they are every year) in coordination with the office of the Army Chief of Staff. Once the panel leaders are identified, the composition of each panel will be determined either by the Office of the Chief of Staff or by the panel leaders themselves.

The AUSA Book Presentations feature authors whose works have are published as AUSA books by either of our publishing partners (e.g., Potomac Books and the Naval Institute Press).

Please direct questions or submissions to education@ausa.org.

How do I hold a private function at AM 2023?

Please fill out our Meeting Space Request Application: https://www.xpressreg.net/register/ausa1023/bookit/landing.asp. All policies are outlined on the landing page. Requests for space at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will close on 1 September 2023 and requests for space at our hotel partners will close on 14 September 2023. Questions? Please email icws@ausa.org.

AUSA will offer “pop-up” meeting space in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis for groups of 20 or fewer. These requests can be made onsite in room 206 of the Convention Center starting Sunday, 8 October at 0800 or by emailing pop-ups@ausa.org. Email requests can be sent at any time and requests will be filled in the order in which they were received starting 8 October. Pop-up meeting space may only be reserved for a max of 1 hour.


Can children attend AM 2023?

Everyone, except infants being carried or in strollers, must have a badge to attend AM 2023 and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted in the exhibit halls. Children between 13 – 18 are permitted in the exhibit halls only during regular exhibit hours. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibit hall. Children are allowed at certain ticketed social events on a case-by-case basis, such as if their parent/guardian is receiving an award at that event. Please contact the AUSA Operations Center if you have questions about children attending the Annual Meeting: annualmeetingoperations@ausa.org.

ADA Compliance

AUSA’s Annual Meeting fully complies with the Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal opportunities for persons with disabilities possible. If you require assistance, pre-event, please notify the AUSA 2023 Operations Center (703) 907-2416, or on-site: AUSA security office in Room 160 or call 202-249-4045.

Is there a nursing mother’s Lounge?

The Water E. Washington Convention Center has two Mamava pods for those in need on a first come first served basis. Refrigeration can be utilized in room 159.

  • L Street North Lobby

  • Near Meeting Room 103

Is there a changing room?

The changing room is in Salon E, near Registration. The information booth at the Mt Vernon Place entrance will have a key. Do not leave personal items in this room, it is for public use. Personal items may be checked in at the Coat and Bag Checks.

Coat and Bag Checks – 2 locations, $5.00 per day:

Grand Lobby, West Salon

Monday, 10 Oct – 0800-2230

Tuesday, 11 Oct – 0800-2230

Wednesday, 12 Oct –0800-2230

Exhibit Hall A Concourse, Adjacent to Marriott Marquis Connector

Monday, 9 Oct – 0800-1800

Tuesday, 10 Oct – 0800-1800

Wednesday, 11 Oct – 0800-1800

What dining options are available in or near the Convention Center?

For dining options at the Center during AM 2023, please click here: Concessions Schedule.

Neighborhoods surrounding the convention center include Mt Vernon Square, Shaw, Chinatown, NoMA, Downtown, City Center, Logan Circle, and Penn Quarter. Refer to DestinationDC or Open Table for more information.

When is the Army Ten-Miler?

AUSA is a co-lead sponsor of the Army Ten Miler on Sunday, 8 October 2023, starting at the Pentagon. For more information on how to register or volunteer at the Ten Miler, please visit the Army Ten-Miler website.

AUSA Show Daily

The only official Show Daily at AUSA AM 2023 is produced by Defense News, a Sightline Media company. In addition to our own publications, including ARMY Magazine and the AUSA Green Book, our official Show Daily is the only publication with distribution rights during AUSA AM 2022.

What Health and Safety Measures are in place at the 2023 AUSA Annual Meeting?

AUSA is committed to the health and safety of our attendees, partners, staff, and exhibitors. There are no health-related restrictions for this event. If that changes, all registrants will be notified in writing.


Like many trade shows today, AUSA is targeted by unethical businesses that may utilize valid email addresses from our website to contact our attendees and exhibitors about list rentals and other sales offers. AUSA Show Management encourages you to be aware of organizations who claim to have access to the AUSA’s attendee lists, as they may try to sell these lists to you. Please note: AUSA DOES NOT distribute or sell any attendee lists or attendee information and DOES NOT offer attendee list rental services.

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