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Key military leaders to speak at NGAUS conference

September 06. 2017 10:22PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with leaders of the Army and Air Force and the commander in chief of the Kentucky National Guard, will top the list of speakers when more than 2,000 Guard officers from across the country gather this week in Louisville, Ky., for the 139th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition.

Conference business sessions open Friday with speeches by McConnell, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Air Force Secretary Heather A. Wilson and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley.

Speakers on Saturday will include Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau; Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff; and Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the commanding general of Army Central.

Most speakers will address the conference theme, “America’s National Guard: The Indispensable Force,” or any of a number of current military and homeland-security issues affecting the Guard. Issues include overseas operations, domestic missions, equipment modernization, current fiscal challenges and future Guard roles and missions.

The conference is the annual NGAUS business meeting. Conference delegates from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia will set the foundation for their 2018 legislative agenda and elect members to their board of directors.

Also included in the event is a large trade show featuring nearly 300 companies and organizations that market products and services to the Guard.

More conference information, the full business agenda and a complete list of exhibitors are available at


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