Reinforcing the theme of the Association of the United States Army’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition – “America’s Army: Globally Responsive, Regionally Engaged” – Army officials recently announced that the service’s leadership is currently engaged in planning and developing programs that will be presented at this year’s professional development meeting.

Recognized by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, as a key element in communicating “The Army Story” to the American public, AUSA’s Contemporary Military Forums, presented by the Associations educational directorate – the Institute of Land Warfare – and supported by the Army, will again tackle a variety of topics dealing with themes generating important messages to attendees, the media and those in the virtual arena.

The Army, according to a spokesman, will also offer special presentations at an “Army Forum” located in close proximity to the Army exhibit in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The Army Forum will feature 45-minute discussions focusing on topics addressing subject-matter areas of prime importance to the Army and the general public.

Described by the Army as “a valuable platform for communicating Army strategic themes and messages, and a unique professional development opportunity for soldiers and civilians,” the Association’s Annual Meeting will also feature military and civilian speakers to include: Secretary of the Army John H. McHugh (invited); Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, (invited); the former secretary of defense, Robert Gates (Marshall Medal recipient); and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler.

The AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place Oct. 21 – 23 in the nation’s capital.

Again this year, the meeting has a projected attendance of approximately 30,000 participants to include members of all ranks from the active Army, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve; retirees and veterans; government and Army civilian employees, members of the defense industry, Military Academy and ROTC cadets, military personnel from allied countries, and military and civilian family members.

For more Annual Meeting information, go to the AUSA website,


David Liddle
Director of Communications
Association of the U.S. Army
(703) 907-2613