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2018 MANG Officer Professional Development Forum

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UMass Amherst - Fine Arts Center

151 Presidents Drive

Amherst, MA 01003

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The Adjutant General, Maj Gen Gary W. Keefe, presents the 2018 Massachusetts National Guard Officer Professional Development forum. Join your fellow leaders from the Army and Air Force for discussions and briefings on topics affecting today's force. We are excited to host this year's OPD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, featuring a spacious event hall, award-winning dining, and ample parking all on the same scenic campus.

Immediately following the OPD, the National Guard Association of Massachusetts (NGAMA) will hold its annual Business Meeting and Casino Night social event. You are welcome to bring guests to Casino Night. Visit for more information and to pay your Association dues.

OPD Agenda

0730-0830 - Registration

0830-0900 - National Anthem / Admin Remarks / TAG

0900-0930 - Recruiting and Retention (Air / Army)

0930-0950 - BREAK / WO Brief: Amherst Rm 10th Fl (Campus Ctr)

0950-1005 - Innovation Team

1005-1105 - Joint Qualification Brief (NGB)

1105-1150 - Vice Chief NGB, LTG Hokanson (click here for bio)

1150-1330 - LUNCH

1330-1350 - Vigilant Guard / Intro to BG Wilz (click here for bio)

1350-1450 - BG Wilz: Hurricane Maria

1450-1500 - Closing Remarks

1500-1530 - BREAK (Official End of OPD)

1530-UTC - NGAMA Business Meeting

Parking Information

The Campus Center Parking Garage is available for $6.00 for the day and is open 24/7. The Upper Garage entrance (Levels 2 - 6) is located on 1 Campus Center Way. Enter on Level 3 and exit on Level 4. Clearance is 7' 2". The Lower Garage entrance (Level 1) is located on Campus Center Service Rd. Clearance is 13' 5".

Campus Map

Click here for an interactive campus map.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites
400 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 582-0002

Courtyard by Marriott
423 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 256-5454


Meals are at your own expense. The Campus Center has many options with prices around $10/meal.

Click here for on-campus dining options


Uniform is "smart casual" (this is an update to the original FRAGORD). Examples here.

Males: Collared shirt or sweater, dress slacks or khakis (no jeans), loafers or dress shoes (sport coat and/or tie optional).

Females: Blouse, sweater, or cardiagan, dress slacks or skirt (no jeans), pumps or flats (jacket optional)

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UMass Amherst - Fine Arts Center

151 Presidents Drive

Amherst, MA 01003

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