Although the majority of the members of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) are retired from the military or are members of the local business community, the heart of their mission is and has always has been the soldier with boots on the ground.
    AUSA will put teeth in its mission June 17-18 during the annual Braxton Bragg Chapter’s annual Exposition and Symposium at the Fort Bragg Officers Club. The theme of the event is “Supporting America’s Heroes, Our Soliders and their Families.”
    {mosimage}The event is free to the public and is especially designed for military professionals, Department of the Army and Department of Defense civilians, first responders, law enforcement, defense contractors and those interested in doing business with the defense community.
More than 58 defense-related displays/exhibits will be featured at the EXPO and Symposium, in addition to two panel discussions on the Global War on Terrorism Operations and Supplying the Force and Logistical Support of the Global War on Terrorism.
    An ice breaker golf tournament will be held on June 16 at Ryder Golf Course on Fort Bragg. The golf tournament will serve as a kickoff for the event. EXPO opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 17, and will feature a ribbon cutting by the AUSA Chapter president, Fort Bragg and local community leaders and a performance by the 82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus. The exhibits will be open daily from 9 a.m. and remain open until 4 p.m.

June 16
•8 a.m. — AUSA President’s Golf Tournament, Ryder Golf Course

June 17
•9 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies
•9 a.m. — Exhibits Open
•Noon — Keynote Luncheon
•3 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Operations in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)

June 18
•7:30 a.m. — Soldiers’ Awards Breakfast
•9 a.m. — Exhibits Open
•Noon — Presidents Luncheon
•1:30 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Logistics Support of the GWOT
•3 p.m. —  Soldiers Reception/Raffle
Throughout the symposium, AUSA members will be selling raffle tickets for the winner’s choice of a car, truck or motorcycle. Tickets available from AUSA for $1 per ticket. Proceeds support AUSA’s support of soldiers and their families.

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