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CONFERENCE UPDATE SEPT. 20-23, 2013 LEANING FORWARD NGAUS will be selling a limited number of T-shirts featuring the image above at the conference. Cheaper Airfare Anyone who has priced airline tickets to Honolulu knows there is no cheap airfare to the 135th General Conference & Exhibition, but NGAUS and the Hawaii National Guard Association have arranged special discounts for r conference attendees. American Airlines is offering g 10 percent t off ff airfare to Honolulu from Sept. 14 to 27 at www.aa.com. Enter 9293BL in the Promo-tion Code box. And United Airlines provides up to a 10 percent discount t to Honolulu from Sept. 14 to 30 at t www.united.com. Enter ZQ5Y518219 in the Offer r Code box. After r landing g in Hawaii, free airport t shuttles will take attendees to and from conference hotels on the main travel days—Sept. 19, 20 and d 24. However, you must t reserve your r seat t online. To do this, click k at t www.haveyouseentheseislands.com. on the Speedi Shuttle link Prebooking g airport t transfers is a new w wrinkle for r regular r confer -ence attendees, but t Speedi Shuttle, the exclusive provider r of f shuttle services at t Honolulu International Airport, relies on online reserva-tions to ensure it t has enough vehicles to meet t demand. The shuttle normally y costs about t $30 round d trip, so it t will be your best bet if f you’re traveling outside the main travel days. Taxis are anothe r option, but t expect t to pay y $45 each way y between the airport and the hotels in Waikiki, more during g rush hour. Once a t your r hotel, free conference buses will l take you u to and d from al l conference events. AW 32 3 32 2 N A NA NAT NATIONAL AT T IO ION I ON O N A AL L GUARD GU GU A AR ARD RD R D August Aug A Au ug u g u us ust st s t 2 20 2013 0 1 13 3 | WW W WWW W W . NGAUS WW N G NG NGAU NGA GAU GA AU A U S . ORG OR O RG R G
SEPT. 20-23, 2013<br /> <br /> HAWAII<br /> <br /> Cheaper Airfare <br /> <br /> Anyone who has priced airline tickets to Honolulu knows there is no cheap airfare to the 135th General Conference & Exhibition, but NGAUS and the Hawaii National Guard Association have arranged special discounts for conference attendees. <br /> <br /> American Airlines is offering 10 g percent off airfare to Honolulu from Sept. 14 to 27 at www.aa.com. Enter 9293BL in the Promotion Code box. And United Airlines provides up to 10 percent discount to Honolulu from Sept. 14 to 30 at www.united.com. Enter ZQ5Y518219 in the Offer Code box. <br /> <br /> After landing in Hawaii, free airport shuttles will take attendees to and from conference hotels on the main travel days—Sept. 19, 20 and 24. \However, you must reserve your seat online. To do this, click on the Speedi Shuttle link at www.haveyouseentheseislands.com. <br /> <br /> Prebooking airport transfer is a new wrinkle for regular conferrence attendees, but Speed it Shuttle, the exclusive provider of shuttle services at Honolulu International Airport, relies on online reservations to ensure it has enough vehicles to meet demand. <br /> <br /> The shuttle normally costs about $30 round trip, so it will be your best bet if you’re traveling outside the main travel days. Taxis are another option, but expect to pay $45 each way between the airport and the hotels in Waikiki, more during rush hour. <br /> <br /> Once at your hotel, free conference buses will take you to and from all conference events.<br /> <br /> Not-So-Hidden Agenda <br /> <br /> The Hawaii Convention Center, located about a mile from Waikiki, will be the site for all the meetings, most luncheons, the States Dinner and the industry exhibition.<br /> <br /> Business sessions will begin at noon Sept. 21 with the opening ceremony. While the business agenda typically doesn’t solidify until a few weeks before the conference, some prominent officials have already agreed to speak. <br /> <br /> They include Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau; Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commanding general of U.S. Army, Pacific; Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., the Army Guard director; and Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the Air Guard director. <br /> <br /> Most of the speakers will address this year’s conference theme, America’s National Guard: A Force Leaning Forward. Another key discussion topic will be the U.S. military’s increasing focus on the Pacific region. After all, Hawaii is home to U.S. Pacific Command. <br /> <br /> A firm business agenda and other details will be posted at www.Ngaus.org/ngaus2013 early next month. One new agenda feature this year will be a town hall meeting with the three senior NGB officers. <br /> <br /> And despite the prohibition this year on federally funded conference attendance for officer professional development, NGAUS will offer special OPD sessions for company-grade officers Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.<br /> <br /> There is also association business to conduct. This includes elections for the three board representatives from Area I and Area IV and the company-grade (Air) and retired/separated (Air) reps, as well as consideration of resolutions to serve as the basis of next year’s NGAUS legislative agenda. <br /> <br /> Follow us on Twitter at @NGAUS1878 for conference updates and special promotions. Use the conference hashtag #NGAUS2013. <br /> <br /> Big Show <br /> <br /> Expect another large trade show in Honolulu. Laurie Powell, the sales director for Technology Forums of Leesburg, Va., the show management company, said last month that more than 200 companies and organizations have purchased booths. <br /> <br /> The exhibition opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p. m. on Sept. 20. The annual Governor’s Reception, the conference’s largest social event, follows at 6 p.m. on the trade show floor. <br /> <br /> Booth sales will continue until the show starts. Sales information is available at www.ngaus.org. Booths can be reserved by calling Technology Forums at 703-740-1940.<br /> <br /> Shore Things <br /> <br /> Most of the social events and activities will feature Hawaiian fare and flair. And many will be beachfront. <br /> <br /> The shift of the Governor’s Reception from its traditional spot after the First Business Session to the evening before means the Adjutants General Reception and the Company Grade/Warrant Officer Mixer will be held after the session Sept. 21. <br /> <br /> The adjutants general will get together at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room on Waikiki Beach, while the company-grade and warrant officers will gather just up the beach at the Luau Garden on the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel. <br /> <br /> One when-in-Hawaii activity this year is the Sept. 21 hike up Diamond Head, the volcanic crater that rises high above Waikiki. The hike begins at 5:30 a.m. <br /> <br /> The conference concludes with the States Dinner on Sept. 23. Dress is Aloha Attire. Think Hawaiian shirts and dresses. It’s about as formal as it gets in this tropical island paradise.