MDW Soldiers open AUSA '13 convention
October 21, 2013
Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" presented a historically accurate patriotic performance during the opening ceremony of this year's Association of the United States Army's (AUSA) annual meeting and exposition at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, Oct. 21 - 23.
Secretary of the Army the Honorable John McHugh was the featured speaker during the opening ceremony and he told more than a thousand exposition attendees there is no doubt that the sequestration has hurt the fiscal health of the Army; "We robbed Peter to pay Paul, then Paul got furloughed," said McHugh. He continued by praising the Soldiers and civilians within the Department of Army for their continued service and sense of duty in spite of the financial uncertainties within the federal government.
Held every October in Washington, the AUSA annual meeting is the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America. The event consists of presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA business meetings.
More than 700 Army and industry exhibitors are sharing 500,000 square feet of exhibit space at the convention center.