Nashville, TN September 10-13, 2015
The National Guard Association of the United States is the nation’s oldest military association lobbying solely for the benefit of the National Guard of the United States and educating the public about the Guard’s role and history in the Armed Forces of the United States. It was formed by militia officers in 1878 to obtain better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources.
To maintain the highest state of readiness, the National Guard needs a strong voice in Washington, D.C., to ensure the Guard has sufficient resources and budget to carry out its mission. NGAUS is that voice, seeking modern equipment, training, missions and personnel benefits in support of over 470,000 men and women currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, as well as their families, employers and all Guard retirees.
NGAUS achieves its mission through its lobbying and legislative activities. We are also dedicated to educating the public, through our partnership with the National Guard Educational Foundation, about our service to the nation through various outreach programs, publications, and support of a museum and research library dedicated to the preservation of the Guard’s history.
The Army National Guard is comprised of 358,200 citizen-soldiers, including aviators, engineers, emergency first responders, truck drivers, mechanics, legal professionals, and more. In the past 13 or more years at war, the Army National Guard has completed over a half-million soldier mobilizations in support of domestic operations and overseas missions. These soldiers exemplify a unique blend of civilian and military skills that enable the National Guard to conduct a wide spectrum of civil-military missions for a fraction of the cost of the active component. For 10% of the Army's base budget, the Army National Guard provides 34% of the Army’s total personnel and 32% of its operating forces. - See more at: http://www.ngaus.org/advocating-national-guard/evolving-role-citizen-soldier#sthash.AVefcTAM.dpuf
The Air National Guard was established as a separate reserve component on Sept. 18, 1947, when the Air Force was created. The Air National Guard is made up of more than 105,000 well-trained, well-equipped airmen available for prompt mobilization during war and to provide assistance during national emergencies, such as natural disasters or civil disturbances. Air Guardsmen support contingency operations across the world, including in Iraq and Syria, provide homeland defense through U.S. air space and aerospace control alert missions, assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection on our southwest border, and support America's counter-drug program. The Air National Guard currently provides 19% of the Air Force’s total personnel and 35% of Air Force fighter, tanker and airlift capability for 6% of the cost. - See more at: http://www.ngaus.org/advocating-national-guard/evolving-role-citizen-soldier#sthash.AVefcTAM.dpuf
In September 2015 the NGAUS 137th General Conference & Exhibition returns to Nashville for the fourth time. The conference was previously held in the Music City in 1934, 1986 and 2009. Once again, it will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. We’ll be exhibiting during the conference and invite attendees to stop by the booth for a visit.