State Conference

Join us for a “Roaring” good time in Biloxi for the 82nd Annual Conference, August 28-30, 2020!

They say the third time is a charm.  After originally setting the date for May 15-17 we had to postpone the conference until June 19-21 due to impact of the COVID-19 virus.  However due to several of the venues not being completely open and possible restrictions still being in place during the June timeframe we have moved the dates to August 28-30.  If you have already registered for either date and have no changes then your registration has been changed to the August date.  If you need to make changes to a registration please contact Greg Taylor at gtaylor@ngams.org.  Likewise if you made a hotel reservation then that reservation has also been changed to the August date.  If you need to make changes or cancel your hotel room please contact the hotel directory at the below listed numbers.   

However if you haven’t registered for the biggest and best state conference in the nation at the National Guard Association of Mississippi Conference then you can Register Here:  Individual Registration

All events for the 82nd Annual NGAMS conference will be at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, 151 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS  39530.  There is a block of rooms at the below listed resorts.  These resorts share a parking lot and are only feet from each other.  Please be aware, Margaritaville is also a family resort that has lots of activities for children.  Therefore they are welcome and encouraged to come.  Starting May 18th, reservations can be made by calling the numbers below.  Use group code for each hotel.  Block deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020.

Golden Nugget                    1-800-777-7568                      Group code:  S200313

Margaritaville                     228-271-6369                      Group code:  636 (Please leave a message if no answer)

Reservations can also be made for the Golden Nugget on NGAMS website at Golden Nugget Reservations, or by calling the hotel.  Please be aware there have been some issues with the changeover on the website.  If the link is not working please use the telephone number.  Depending on the room the rate is $119.00-$189.99 per night, which does not include state and local taxes.  Again, use the Group Code to ensure you receive the conference rate.

EVERYONE IS REMINDED TO MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS WITH THE HOTELS STARTING MAY 18TH.  YOU MUST RESERVE EARLY TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE INCLUDED IN THE BLOCK OF ROOMS SET ASIDE.

ALL REGISTRATION OTHER THAN ROOM RESERVATIONS ARE HANDLED ON A PRE-REGISTRATION BASIS ONLY AND IS DUE IN THE NGAMS OFFICE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, July 31, 2020. Tickets for events will NOT be available at the Registration Desk.  Cancellations will be honored with full refund until 12:00 p.m., Monday, August 24, 2020, if you contact NGAMS.  There are 4 easy ways to register for the conference.  Members may register at https://www.ngams.org, Events, State-conference, Individual-information or download and complete the registration form and mail to NGAMS or scan and email to gtaylor@ngams.org or fax to 601-353-1207.

Hospitality rooms will be in the Golden Nugget.  All units will have hospitality rooms provided at no cost to the units beginning Friday, August 28, 2020.  Rooms should be coordinated with Capt Jessica Green at 228-424-6666 or jessica.l.green42.mil@mail.mil.   The “AT EASE GANG” will have their own hospitality room again this year.

Information on events can be found here:

As we often get this question from spouses and guests here is a guide for attire:

Sporting Events:          Casual or attire appropriate for the event.  Collared shirts are required for golf and tennis.

Friday Night Social:     Roaring Twenties or casual attire.  There will be music and dancing for those who are so                                            inclined.

Business Session:          Military:  ACU or ABU.  Civilian: Business casual.

Spouse Luncheon:       Roaring Twenties or casual attire.

Unit dinner:                 Military:  Mess Dress or ASU with bow tie/Class A

Men:  Suit or coat and tie; no tuxedos required; Women:  Short or long evening dress.

Also, as a reminder, this conference will take the place of the 142nd NGAUS Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, August 28-31, 2020.  Due to hotel and venue issues the NGAUS Conference will take place virtually this year.  We will stream their content at various times during our conference.  No deposit needed at this time, just contact Greg Taylor at gtaylor@ngams.org with your name and email address (civilian preferred) if you want more information as it becomes available.  I look forward to seeing you in Biloxi.

Sincerely,
Colonel Rodney Harris
2019-2020 NGAMS President