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Warfighter Countdown – Getting Permission To Attend

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.

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