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2019 Warrior EAST

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

We’re kicking off our coverage of the 2019 Warrior EAST Expo, presented by ADS, Inc.

Warfighter Countdown – Warrior EAST Keynote Speaker, ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Warrior EAST kicks off tomorrow morning (10-11 July, 2019 at the Va Beach Convention Center) with keynote speaker ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret) at 9:00 AM.

A distinguished leader and longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, James Stavridis provides answers and strategies to address the most pressing global affairs challenges.

Admiral James Stavridis served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cybersecurity. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President-Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet-level position in the Trump Administration.

Earlier in his military career, he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He also joined The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st Century.

Register on site, see you there!

Wild Things FR at Warrior Expo East

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Come visit Wild Things at Warrior Expo East! We’re in booth 1106 with a selection of FR apparel featuring GORE PYRAD, as well as our complete assortment of base layers to loft, and everything in between. Plus, don’t miss a chance to meet our Founder – Marie Meunier. Marie founded Wild Things in 1981 and we’re excited to have her at Warrior Expo! To schedule an appointment, email or call 757-702-8773.

And make sure to swing by booth 1106 for a Wild Things patch or sticker!


Wild Things Hours – Booth 1106:
1000-1630: Wednesday, July 10th
0930-1530: Thursday, July 11th

Warfighter Countdown – Getting Permission To Attend

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Warrior EAST is THIS week. Most everyone already has their travel plans all set, but some may still want to come. After all, Virginia Beach is a few hours drive from many East Coast-based units and agencies.

Since it’s a last minute thing for some of you, you may need to reassure your supervisor that it’s worthwhile.

Here are some ideas to help out:

Download the Widely Attended Gathering letter to highlight the benefits of Warrior Expo.

Need to demonstrate that you are the best person to attend? Sign up for an educational course that will benefit you professionally.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend this event?

There is no charge or admission fee for this event. You should seek guidance from your designated agency ethics official (DAEO) as to whether your attendance to this event is permitted under your agency’s widely attended gathering (WAG) rule and obtain any determinations required by such rule or other applicable regulations.

How many anticipated attendees and from which sectors are they?

More than 5,500 invitations will be distributed to individuals from Government, private industry, non-profit organizations, and the media. We anticipate approximately 3,000 attendees with approximately 55 percent from the Department of Defense, federal, state and local government agencies, 40 percent from private industry and 5 percent from other groups, such as allied international government, non-profit organizations, and media.

Is this event in the interest of the agency because it will further agency programs and operations?

For more than a decade, the purpose of Warrior Expo has been to showcase the latest industry-leading equipment and services solutions to end users, program managers and procurement specialists that are designed to help them meet their operational requirements as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. This event also provides quality training and education in both structured classroom environments and open area training and demonstrations. These hands-on and classroom learning opportunities focus on topics related to technology, procurement, professional and personal growth. All classes are led by a training company with more than 20 years of experience in leading defense and industry personnel in their professional development.

Will individuals in attendance represent a range of persons interested in a given matter?

The event is structured to represent a broad scope of the industry and Government-specific exhibits, educational sessions, and demonstrations related to operational equipment, logistics, and mission support. We have invited more than 200 key exhibitors from the industrial and manufacturing base that have developed the latest technology to address warfighter capabilities and requirements. Solution categories range from operational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE), C4ISR, medical and expeditionary operations, to unmanned systems technology and special missions such as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).

Members of DOD, Federal, state and local agencies, first responders, U.S. allied foreign military organizations and government defense contractors will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, as well as hear from, ask questions and be educated by subject matter experts about the latest advancements in operational equipment, logistics support and procurement strategies to support their mission requirements.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up on site once you arrive.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Warrior East

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Go check out the latest personal protective equipment from FirstSpear at the ADS Warrior Expo next week!

Warfighter Countdown – Networking

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

No matter EAST or WEST, Warrior Expo is a great place to network, bringing together end users, procurement specialists, and industry.

In addition to two days on the show floor with multiple opportunities to attend training and forums, attendees are also invited to the Warrior Bash, a unique, secure, and hassle-free networking opportunity. It’s a low-key event in the evening that offers the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the most influential people in the defense industry.

Register for Warrior EAST here

Warfighter Countdown – Demos At Warrior EAST

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Warrior EAST is known for its live simulation demos and this year’s event is no different! Outside of the demo schedule, Warrior EAST-goers can expect some surprising last minute additions.

In years past, BeaverFit and Divine K-9 did a breach and rappelling demo from BeaverFit’s Mobile Training Locker.

Dynamis Alliance is also known to put on a few hand-to-hand demonstrations throughout the day.

Don’t miss out! Register at

Visit Wild Things at Warrior Expo East

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Come visit Wild Things at ADS Warrior Expo East! We’ll have the Shadow Watch Kit, Rescue Jacket FR-GT, our famed Knuckle Roaster and more in the booth!

To schedule an appointment, email or call 757-702-8773.