Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the United States Army‘s efforts to land a major meeting has paid off.
AUSA will host its 2014 AUSA Winter Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville. It’s the first time the Rocket City has hosted the meeting, which attracts thousands of military and civilian officials. The symposium is conducted on alternate years with the support from a featured command, normally Army Materiel Command or Army Training and Doctrine Command. In recent years it has been held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
AMC, based at Redstone Arsenal, will be the 2014 featured command.
In January, the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter hosted AUSA’s Senior Leadership Reception with retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, president and chief operating officer of AUSA, and retired CSM Jimmie D. Spencer, director for noncommissioned officer and soldier program of AUSA. Local AUSA officials said the event gave them the chance to demonstrate Huntsville’s capabilities in hosting a major event.
“We were trying to show the capabilities we have at places like the Von Braun Center and Davidson Center and hotels to support things like conventions,” Paul Elliott, president of the Redstone-Huntsville AUSA, said at the time.
The visit apparently paid off, as did Huntsville’s large military presence.
“Locating our 2014 symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, with its close proximity to AMC headquarters, will allow us to maximize military, civilian and industry attendance during this period of constrained budgets and limited resources. This is a superb opportunity for their professional development and remains very cost effective,” Sullivan said.
“As a well-respected professional development forum, the Association’s annual winter symposium and exposition will continue to provide an all-important platform for participants to learn about and see not only what the Army needs, but also what industry is developing in the latest and best technologies to arm, equip, sustain and protect our soldiers for the future fight.”
The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter a multiple-year winner of the AUSA Best Chapter Award – has more than 2,600 military and civilian members.