(August 1, 2017) About 100 National Guard company-grade officers will visit the nation’s capital this month as guests of NGAUS. For the second year, the association has invited two officers from each state, territory and the District of Columbia to Washington, D.C., to learn how the association works, along with visits to the Pentagon and the Capitol.
The officers chosen by their states and territories will spend three days and two nights in Washington. The program is broken into two sessions with the first group arriving Sunday and leaving Aug. 8. The next group arrives Aug. 13 and departs Aug. 15.
During a visit to the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters, they will hear from association leadership and top officers of the Air Guard and Army Guard. Professional staff from Capitol Hill will also speak to them.
Their visit includes a tour of the National Guard Memorial Museum by Anne Armstrong, the deputy director of the National Guard Educational Foundation.
“These young officers will leave with a better understanding of this association’s role and its efforts on their behalf,” said retired Col. Mike Hadley, the NGAUS legislative director. “We want them to share this information with their fellow soldiers and airmen back home. Many also will get their first glimpse of the Capitol and the Pentagon, which is meaningful for anyone wearing the country’s uniform.”
They will meet and talk with National Guard leadership during an informal backyard barbecue. The first group will meet with Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau. The second group will meet with Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau.