WASHINGTON -- Two of the most senior leaders of the U.S. armed forces will top the agenda when some 3,000 National Guard officers and their guests gather this weekend in Denver for the 141stĀ General Conference & Exhibition of the National Guard Association of the United StatesĀ (NGAUS).

Conference business sessions open Saturday with presentations by Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Gen. James C. McConville, Army chief of staff. As members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both generals advise the President and secretary of defense.

Speakers Sunday will include Gen. John M. Murray, commanding general of Army Futures Command (the organization leading the modernization of the Army), and Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, vice chief of staff of the Air Force.

Most speakers will touch upon the conference theme, "The National Guard: An American Treasure." They will also address the new National Defense Strategy, which shifts the U.S. military's focus from terrorism and extremist insurgencies to the security threats posed by a resurgent Russia and an increasingly capable China.

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 2020 legislative agenda and elect members to their governing board.

Also included in the event is a large trade show featuring more than 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 under the "events" tab at ngaus.org.