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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Killeen Mayor, Council to attend annual AUSA conference

The Association of the United States Army Meeting and Exposition is Oct. 10-12 in Washington, D.C.

KILLEEN, Texas (Oct. 7, 2022) – Mayor Debbie Nash-King and all City Councilmembers will join Fort Hood and the Central Texas Chapter of the Association of the United States Army at the AUSA Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The event is Oct. 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and council will be begin attending events beginning Oct. 9.

The conference consists of professional development opportunities, including seminars and special presentations on the issues affecting today’s Army. Council will have the opportunity to attend a family town hall discussion where senior Army leaders answer questions from military families, along with two other family forums and educational programs. Army leaders, participate in a wide range of discussions featuring Army, Department of Defense and industry leaders. 

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth is scheduled to provide the keynote speech during the opening ceremony, and Army Chief of Staff, Gen. James McConville will be the keynote speaker during the Dwight D. Eisenhower Luncheon. Sgt. Maj. Of the Army, Michael Grinston, is expected to speak at several events. During the visit, council will also join the local AUSA chapter for a reception with Gen. McConville.

There are more than 650 exhibits, showcasing innovative technology and military-related information.

There will be several award presentations, including AUSA’s highest award for selfless service to the country (the Marshall Medal), winners of the inaugural Best Squad Competition, NCO and Soldier of the year. Here is the conference website: https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/2022/index.cfm.  

The partnership between the City of Killeen and the U.S. Military begins with Fort Hood and extends to the national level. The City wants to continue to build relationships and network with military leadership whose decisions affect our Killeen community. The City wants to be proactive and informed of the Army’s top priorities during the transformation of the force, while ensuring Army and political leadership are aware of our ideas and needs as a military community. Overall, the City aims to continue to work with Fort Hood and Army leaders for the betterment of the veterans, spouses, families and citizens of Killeen.

Six council members also attended the annual Texas Municipal League (TML) Conference and Exhibition from Oct. 5-7 in San Antonio. The program guides councilmembers through the most fundamental areas of city government and gives them the necessary resources to make a community impact through their public service. Mayor Nash-King and Councilman Ramon Alvarez were not in attendance.

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