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CONFERENCE UPDATE Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock.com Milwaukee Aug. 27-29, 2011 G ETTING T HERE Most attendees will likely take commercial airlines to the 133rd General Conference and Exhibition in Milwaukee. Fourteen carriers offer nonstop service to Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) from most major U.S. cities. Official military aircraft bound for the conference also will arrive at the airport, which is home to the Wis-consin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing. On the ground, free buses to all 12 official conference hotels will be provided to registered attendees on the main travel days, Aug. 25, 26 and 30. A shuttle from Go Airport Connec-tion (www.mkelimo.com) may be your best bet on the other days. The one-Frontier Airlines Center Milwaukee AP 32 | Na tional Guard
Most attendees will likely take commercial airlines to the 133rd General Conference and Exhibition in Milwaukee. Fourteen carriers offer nonstop service to Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) from most major U.S. cities.
Official military aircraft bound for the conference also will arrive at the airport, which is home to the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 128th Air Refueling Wing.
On the ground, free buses to all 12 official conference hotels will be provided to registered attendees on the main travel days, Aug. 25, 26 and 30.
A shuttle from Go Airport Connection (www.mkelimo.com) may be your best bet on the other days. The one- way fare downtown is $13. The same trip in a taxi is about $25.
Some attendees may want to consider driving. Milwaukee is within a day's drive for about 20 percent of the NGAUS membership.
Once in Milwaukee, free conference buses will take you from conference hotels to all conference events.
The Frontier Airlines Center, which is in downtown Milwaukee, will be the site for most sessions, luncheons and the industry exhibition.
Business sessions will begin at noon Aug. 27 with an opening ceremony and special welcome by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
While the business agenda typically does not solidify until a few weeks before the conference, some prominent officials have already accepted invitations to speak.
They include Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., the co-chair of the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus; Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff; Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of U.S. Africa Command; and Gen. Craig R. McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau.
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Army chief of staff and the president's nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also has tentatively accepted.
A firm agenda will be posted at www.ngaus.org/milwaukee early next month.
Delegates also have business to conduct. This includes elections for the three board representatives from Area II and Area V and the company-grade (Air) and retired/separated (Army) reps as well as consideration of resolutions to serve as the basis of next year's legislative agenda.
BIG SHOW, LITTLE AUCTION
Expect another large trade show in Milwaukee. Harve Horowitz, the president of Exhibit Promotions Plus Inc., of Ellicott City, Md., the show management company, said last month that nearly 700 booths had been sold.
This year the exhibit runs concurrently with the rest of the conference. The ribbon-cutting and brunch is set for 10:30 a.m., Aug. 27. Another free lunch in the exhibit hall for all attendees is scheduled for Aug. 29.
Booth sales will continue until the show starts or they are sold out. Sales information can be obtained by calling EPP at (410) 997-0763.
An added attraction in the exhibition hall this year is a silent auction benefiting the 9/11 Era Gallery at the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Auction items are expected to include iPads, iPods, cameras, training classes, model aircraft and hotel stays. Most will be donated by exhibitors. Standard silent auction rules will apply. If your written offer is the highest at the end of the bidding, you win.
Exhibitors who want to donate items for the auction should contact Diana Taylor at (703) 740-1955 or DTaylor@TechnologyForums.com.
BIKES, BEER AND BRATS
Many of the social gatherings at this year's conference will have–quite literally–a Milwaukee flavor.
One especially unique event will be the Freedom Ride, a motorcycle road trip Aug. 26 that will take riders from the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee over scenic countryside to the Holy Hill National Shrine in Hubertus, Wis.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt and lunch. Rentals can be arranged through Street Eagle Nationwide Cycle Rentals in Milwaukee at www.streeteagle.com. A NGAUS group discount is available by using the code "LTC Geist."
And if you would like to take home a new Harley, be sure to register for the free drawing for a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the back of the exhibition hall.
The Harley-Davidson Museum also will be the site for the Governor's Reception on Aug. 27. Attendees will have the place to themselves and plenty of food, drink and music.
All attendees also are invited to Oshkosh Defense's "Beer & Brats" tailgate party outside the convention center at 3 p.m., Aug. 28.
Activities conclude Aug. 29 with the States Dinner. The dress is formal. Entertainment will be provided by humorist Jeanne Robertson, a 6-foot- 2-inch Miss North Carolina 1963 who is fond of saying "The Meetin' Ain't Over 'til the Tall Lady Speaks."
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