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March 9 - March 10

Please RSVP by 5 March 2018 at https://opd2018.eventbrite.com

On 9-10 March 2018, the Massachusetts National Guard Officer Professional Development and NGAMA State Conference will be held at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center. The OPD features an outstanding line up of speakers who will brief on current developments in the Guard as well as provide important information on how every officer can further their professional career. The NGAMA Conference will include both Association business at the Annual Meeting and opportunities for camaraderie including the Saturday evening Casino Night Social. The schedule is as follows:


Friday – 9 March 2018

1800-1900 NGAMA – Corporate Member (Invitation only) Cocktail Reception, Hangar Pub and Grille, 10 University Drive, Amherst, MA.

1900-2000  – Informal Mixer open to all Officers, Hangar Pub and Grille, 10 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Cash bar


Saturday – 10 March 2018

0730-0830  – OPD Registration UMass Fine Arts Center

0830-1600  – OPD (See below for more details)

1600-UTC –  NGAMA Business Meeting including Committee Reports and election of 2018-2019 Association Officers

1730 – NGAMA Casino Night Social with games of chance and prizes. Cash bar. UMass Marriott Center.


OPD Speakers

LTG Daniel Hokanson, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau will provide a State of the Guard Brief and will share the CNGB’s new initiatives.

Maj Gen Gary Keefe, The Adjutant General of Massachusetts will brief on Massachusetts initiatives

BG Giselle Wilz, served as the Joint Enabling Team OIC in Puerto Rico for the NGB will share her experiences and observations of the National Guard’s response to Hurricane Maria.

The OPD will also feature the following briefings:

  • New Joint Qualification Officer Requirements
  • Vigilant Guard (Exercise)
  • Cultural Brief (Creating a culture of Inclusion)
  • MA Innovation Briefing


NGAMA Business Meeting
Mass Amherst – Fine Arts Center
151 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003


Casino Night
Campus Center, 11th Floor (Marriott Room)
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst MA 01003


March 9
March 10
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UMass Amherst – Fine Arts Center
151 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
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