(Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 will host three family forums during this year’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting & Expo. These forums demonstrate the Army’s commitment to improving the quality of life for our Soldiers, Families, civilians and survivors.

The first family forum, “Army Quality of Life at your Fingertips,” (Oct. 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.), will discuss of how the Army and DoD are improving Army quality of life, with an emphasis on innovation, accountability, and enhanced service delivery through digital applications.

The keynote speaker for this event is Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director of the Defense Health Agency.

The second family forum, “Transforming the Soldier & Family Readiness System,” (Oct. 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m.) will highlight how the Army is transforming the Family Readiness System of support through its collaboration with DoD and community organizations. Patricia Barron, deputy assistant secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy, will be the keynote speaker.

The culminating event is the Army Senior Leader Town Hall (Oct. 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m.), moderated by Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 Lt. Gen. Jason T. Evans. Panelists will be Secretary of the Army Christine E. Wormuth, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville, and Sgt. Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston, who will take questions from the audience and online. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a candid discussion with the Army’s senior leaders.

“Annual family forums have been the way to communicate directly with Soldiers and Families and a way for leaders to hear what is important to Soldiers and Families,” Evans said.

“This year’s family forums will focus on secretary and chief of staff of the Army priorities that aim to improve the quality of life for all Soldiers, Army civilians and their family members.”

Those registered to attend the AUSA Annual Meeting can attend the forums in person, virtually through the AUSA Family Readiness webpage, or through DVIDs livestreaming

The AUSA 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition (AM 2021) will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. It includes the total Army – Regular Army, Guard, Reserve, civilians, and family members. It is one of the three key communication platforms employed by the Army to educate and inform government, academic, civic and veteran advocates and leadership on Army priorities and issues impacting today’s Army.

All events will be in-person with a few large events available to view on AUSA.org

Online registration has closed, but on-site registration will reopen on Friday, Oct. 8.

The Annual Meeting is free; all attendees, speakers, and exhibitors must have a badge to enter. Information on attendee registration and ticket reservations is here AUSA AM 2021 Registration https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/2021/register.cfm .

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and a government-issued photo identification are required.