FAQs

 

1. When is the Army Ten-Miler?

Army Ten Miler is on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Pentagon. For more information, please visit the Official Army Ten-Miler page.

2. Where and when is the AUSA Annual Meeting?

AUSA 2020 Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place 12-14 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
www.dcconvention.com

3. Who can attend the Annual Meeting?

The AUSA Annual Meeting is not open to the public. As a private association, AUSA reserves the right to deny admission or to cancel any admission without explanation. All registrants at the AUSA Annual Meeting must provide proof of identity by a Government issued photographic ID (military ID, valid US driver’s license, civilian CAC card, or Passport) 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
  • Employee of an Exhibiting Company
  • Government-Contracted employees with documented proof of a contractual relationship
  • Invited guest of an exhibiting company on exhibiting company letterhead
  • Employee of an AUSA National Partner or Community Partner
  • Membership in any component of the U.S. military
  • Civilian employee of the Federal Government
  • Member of an accredited Federal, State, or Municipal law enforcement agency, a firefighter, or an EMT/EMS
  • Member of a designated U.S. military or veteran association
  • Member of the military forces of foreign nations with passport
  • Any escorted guest of an AUSA Member
  • Members of the Media (press credentials will be validated in room _______).
 
4. How do I register and what is the cost to attend the Annual Meeting?

BADGE Registration to attend the Exhibit Halls and all sessions is free.  Registration Hours:
 

Friday

11 October

0800 – 1700

West Registration

Saturday

12 October

0800 – 1700

West Registration

Sunday

13 October

0800 – 1700

East & West Registration

Monday

14 October

0700 – 1700

East & West Registration

Tuesday

15 October

0700 – 1700

East & West Registration

Wednesday

16 October

0800 – 1930

East & West Registration*

*Last minute Marshall Dinner ticket pick up is at the Grand Lobby Information Booth from 1700-1830

 

5. Ticketed events

Certain dinners, luncheons and other social functions require the purchase of tickets. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are purchasing tickets for any social event your badge will be included, you do not need to register separately. Tickets may be purchased in advance from 8 June 2020 – 25 September 2020. No tickets will be sold or reserved after 25 September.

Individual tickets may be purchased here: AM2020 Tickets. Remaining tickets will be available for sale starting Friday, 10 October 2020 in West Registration. Please be prepared to present government issued photo identification to receive your badge and tickets.

For National Partner Ticket Sales, International Tickets, Chapter Ticket Sales, the NCO & Soldier of the Year Luncheon, and VIP tickets, please visit those pages or refer to the appropriate contact on our Contact Us” page.

6. Do I need a ticket to attend the Tuesday night concert featuring Gary Sinise and the LT Dan Band?

No, but you must register and have a badge.

7. 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 FAQ # for retirement points credit.

8. Will there be a Hiring Event?

AUSA2020 welcomes ______________________________________

 

9. 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. Please visit WMATA.COM for more information about planned track work and how it may affect your travel to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. All Annual Meeting Hotels are within a 10-minute walk to the Convention Center and taxis, Lyft, and Uber are available in Washington, DC.
 

10. Is parking available?

Parking is not available at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There are several parking facilities in the surrounding area. The Metrorail and the DC Circulator are the most convenient ways to get to the convention center. The Metrorail has a direct stop located at the Convention Center – Mt Vernon Sq/7th Street Convention Center – which is accessible via the Yellow and Green lines.

11. Is there a Coat and Bag Check?

The coat and bag check will be operating on the concourse level, in front of the entrance to Exhibit Hall A, and in the West Registration Lobby during the following hours:

DAY

DATE

Exhibit Hall A Concourse

West Registration Lobby

Monday

12 October

0800 – 1800

0800 – 2230

Tuesday

13 October

0800 – 1800

0800 – 2230

Wednesday

14 October

0800 – 1800

0800 – 2230

The charge is $5.00 per item.

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

With the exception of events at the Marriott Marquis, all AUSA-sponsored events will take place in the Convention Center. View maps of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center floor plans.

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, Family programs, and 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.

13. Dress Code

All events except the Marshall Reception and Dinner on 14 October are informal.

Event / Venue

Military

Department of the Army Civilian / Contractor

Opening Ceremony

Duty (Army Combat Uniform (ACU)/Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP)/Army Service Uniform (ASU) A or B)

Business Attire

Presenters at all Contemporary Military Forum Panels, Family Forums and any Award Recipients

ASU/Army Green-Class A

Business Attire

 

Presenters at Warriors Corner

Duty (ACU, OCP, ASU-B, Army Green or ASU-A)

Business Attire

Congressional Staff Breakfast

ASU-A/Army Green

Business Attire

President’s Reception

ASU/Army Green-Class A

Business Attire

Marshall Reception and Dinner

Mess Dress / ASU w/bowtie/ Class A with bowtie

Black Tie

Exhibit Floor and all other sessions

Duty (ACU, OCP, ASU-B, or ASU-A/Army Green)

Business Attire

Gary Sinise and the LT Dan Band

Casual

Casual

 
14. What is the headquarters hotel?

The Marriott Marquis Washington DC is the headquarters hotel located at 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001. Reservations open on May 2019 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Please visit this link for reservations: AM2020 Housing. Valet-only parking is available for $45 USD daily, plus tax. There is an underground covered walkway to the Convention Center on the Mezzanine level of the Marriott Marquis. Conference rooms are available for receptions, meetings and offices, please contact the hotel sales department at 202-824-9200.

 
15. How do I book a hotel room?

AUSA provides a block of rooms at reduced rates for attendees to the Annual Meeting. Housing opens on May 2019. All contracted hotels for Annual Meeting are within a 10 minute walk to the convention center.

16. Is there an Agenda?

Except for minor changes in the program, the AUSA 2020 follows the same schedule as previous years. A preliminary agenda will be published in the September 2020 issue of ARMY Magazine

17. How do I hold an event at the Annual Meeting?


MEETING SPACE REQUESTS
AUSA welcomes affiliated organizations, government, exhibitors and sponsors to meet and host various functions during the 2020 AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, 12-14 October 2020.
 

MEETING SPACE POLICIES (applies to Walter E. Washington Convention Center only)

All requests for meeting space at the convention center must be submitted using the 2020 AUSA Event Request Form[SM1] and sent to icws@ausa.org. Please note AUSA receives many requests and meeting space is limited.

  • No run of show space requests allowed. Max time allotted is 2 hours, per day unless special permission is granted.
  • Meeting Space Requests are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Meeting Room rental charges do not include specialty equipment, audio visual, internet, food and beverage or any other costs associated with the room. These charges are the responsibility of the reserving company/organization. A credit card must be on file to process room assignments (for those required to pay a room rental only). If paying by check, the check must be received by AUSA no later than 17 September 2020. Credit cards will be charged on or around 17 September. There will be no refunds or cancellations after the card has been charged or a check has been received.
  • The following meeting room rentals apply at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center:
    • Non-Members not exhibiting or sponsoring: $800.00 per hour
    • National Partners and Community Partners not exhibiting or sponsoring: $400.00 per hour
    • No charge for exhibiting or sponsoring companies, chapters and military/government organizations

There are no suites at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. To book a suite at one of the conference hotels please see contact Convention Management Resources (CMR), AUSA’s official housing partner for the Annual Meeting, at 855.971.2295. Monday – Friday, 9am – 9pm, ET.


ADDITIONAL MEETING SPACE OPTIONS

For day-long or multi-day space, please contact the following:

  • Conrad by Hilton – 1.25 blocks from Convention Center
    brand new hotel with meeting space and large rooftop for receptions
    Contact: Sloane Carter, Senior Catering Sales Manager, sloane.carter@conradhotels.com
    202-844-5924 (o)
    806 236 8152 (c)
      

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

  • 1 block from convention center
    999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001 USA
    Sales Office: 202-898-9000

Need a Quiet Space for a Quick Onsite Meeting?
AUSA will offer “pop-up” meeting space in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These requests can only be made on site starting Sunday, 11 October at 0800 by emailing amtemp@ausa.org. Please note this meeting space may only be reserved for a max of 1 hour.


18. Will there be any events for Army Families at the Annual Meeting?

AUSA’s Family Readiness Directorate will host three Military Family Forums. In addition, there will be a Military Family Pavilion on the main exhibit floor featuring a variety of organizations which support military families. We recommend that you frequently check our Family Readiness web site at www.ausa.org/family for updated information or call us at 1-800-336-4570, ext. 2674.

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

The Military Family Forums are open to military family members, military and veteran service organization representatives, invited guests, and all Annual Meeting attendees.

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

Registration is required for admittance to AUSA2020. You must have a name badge to gain admittance to the Military Family Forums. Seating for the Military Family Forums fill quickly so early arrival is strongly encouraged.

21. What is the dress code for the Military Family Forums?

Civilian business attire or duty uniform.

22. Can Children Attend the Annual Meeting?

Everyone, except infants being carried or in strollers, must have a badge to attend the Annual Meeting and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 18 are permitted in the exhibit hall only during regular exhibit hours. Children are allowed at certain ticketed social events on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the AUSA Operations Center if you have questions about children attending social events, 703-907-2416.

 
23. 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.

 
24 What is there to do in D.C.?
 

If you are visiting Washington D.C. for the AUSA2020, the pages below will help guide you to more information about the local attractions, dining and entertainment.

25. How do I get around in D.C.?

The Metrorail and the DC Circulator provide excellent mass transit to almost anywhere in the city. Taxis, Lyft, and Uber are also readily available in the Washington, DC area

26. ADA Compliance

AUSA’s Annual Meeting complies with the Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal opportunities for persons with disabilities to the fullest extent possible. If you require assistance, please notify the AUSA 2020 Operations Center (703) 907-2416, or on-site: AUSA security office in Room 160 or call 202-249-4045.

 
27. Is there a Nursing Mother’s Lounge and a Changing Room?

The Changing Room/Nursing Mother’s Lounge is located at Salon E, near East Registration. Please direct anyone who would like to use these facilities to the information desk for a key. This is a public use area and personal belongings/uniforms/clothing should not be left in the room. Please take personal items to the coat check located in West Registration.

 
28. Where can I eat in and around the convention center?

Area restaurants can be found on the Shaw Neighborhood Map or DestinationDCTM

Inside the WEWCC:
Level 1, Mt Vernon Place Entrance, Compass Coffee bar, 0630-1800

Level 2, Concourse E, Fresh Express, 0630-1800

Middle Building, Street Level, Coffee bar, 0630-1700

Level 2, Outside Halls D&E, Food Court, 0700-1600

Concourse Level, Food Court, 1100-1600

Halls A&B, Concessions, 0800-1700

Hall C, Concessions, 1100-1700

Halls A/B/C, Food Carts, 1100-1600

Halls D&E, Concessions, 1100-1600

0630-1800

Compass Coffee bar
Mt Vernon Place entrance, near the escalator to Hall A

0630-1800

Fresh Express
Level 2 Concourse E

0630-1700

Coffee Bar
Middle building, street level near L Street doors

0700-1600

Food Court
Level 2, outside Halls D&E

1100-1600

Food Court
Concourse level, near entrance to Hall A

0900-1700

Concessions in Halls A&B

1100-1700

Concessions Hall C

1100-1600

Food Carts Halls A/B/C

1100-1600

Concessions Halls D&E

 

29. Unauthorized Solicitations

ATTENDEE LIST RENTAL SERVICES ALERT – BEWARE OF UNAUTHORIZED PROVIDERS
AUSA Show Management encourages you to be aware of organizations who claim to have access to the AUSA Annual Meeting Attendee List, as they may try to sell this list to you. Please note AUSA DOES NOT distribute an attendee list or any attendee information and DOES NOT offer list rental services. Like many trade shows today, AUSA’s Annual Meeting is targeted by unethical businesses that scrape email addresses from our website to contact our exhibitors about list rentals, hotels and other sales offers. If you receive solicitations, please forward them to your exhibit sales contact or exhibits@ausa.org. Show Management takes every measure to protect our customer’s data and will take appropriate actions to stop the sale any unofficial lists.

HOUSING ALERT – HOTEL ROOM SCAMS
Please be aware companies other than the AUSA Annual Meeting official housing provider (Convention Management Resources) 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. Convention Management Resources is the ONLY authorized hotel reservations contact. If you receive solicitations from other companies, please forward them to your exhibit sales contact or exhibits@ausa.org.

 

To book hotel accommodations through the official AUSA housing bureau, contact:
AUSA Housing Customer Contact Center
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM EST
(855) 971-2295 (Toll Free U.S. & Canada)
(202) 831-0980 (Outside U.S. & Canada)

AUSA SHOW DAILY
The only official Show Daily at the 2020 AUSA Annual Meeting 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 in and around the Convention Center during the Annual Meeting. Any other publisher that says they have daily distribution rights in the Center during our event is making an unsubstantiated claim.

 

30. Are there any tips to know before AUSA Now?

We have created a tip sheet of important information to know before AUSA Now beings. Click here to view. 


 

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