If you have never attended an AFSFA National Meeting this summary article about our 2017 National Meeting in Washington DC will give you a flavor for what these weekend meetings have to offer you. Keep in mind, every location and city has unique and varied attractions and the banquet will often take on a regional flare highlighting those very differences.

We will be based at the Westin Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. Reservations can be made at: (888) 627-8209 or http://goo.gl/yIg0Iz You MUST use group name: 2017AFSFA. Room block is for dates August 23 - August 28 only. There are a LIMITED numbers of rooms available outside these dates (3 days before and after at the same rate). To book outside of these dates, please contact Ashley Foster at 703-769-3940. Room rates are: $129 per night for single occupancy and $139 for double occupancy which includes a full hot breakfast each morning.

Wifi is complimentary and the parking rate has been reduced to $15 per day but there is a free Reagan National Airport shuttle that also includes the Crystal City area.

The golf tournament starts early Thursday morning so golfers will want to arrive Wednesday evening. AFSFA is sponsoring three professional security training sessions on Thursday morning good for continuing education credits and free to AFSFA members and Defenders currently serving.

Members will start picking up their registration packets in the hotel lobby at 1600 and the Meet and Greet Social will start at 1800.

Both Friday and Saturday morning General Membership Meetings typically run from 0800 to 1200ish hours and are open to members, spouses and guests. Following the Friday morning session there will be a tour to the 11th Security Forces Group and the buses will get folks back to the hotel before 1700.

Two tours are available to those who register for them: a Friday evening Washington DC monuments bus tour and a Saturday afternoon US Capitol tour.

Our Annual Banquet is on Saturday evening and starts at 1800 and is full of great food and unbeatable fellowship. At 0800 on Sunday we gather and pause to remember our Fallen Defenders and then … we reluctantly say our goodbyes until the next year.

Throughout most of the weekend there is a hospitality room in the hotel for all to relax in and enjoy … also known as the “war story room” and you want to make sure you don’t leave home without your coin! But just in case you did or you want to start your Christmas shopping early or you need something new for your “I love me wall” …. the AFSFA Country Store and most of the chapters will have lots of memorabilia for sale.

AFSFA mailed detailed registration packets to all AFSFA members on 5 July 2017 so you should see it very soon. You can also download a pdf copy of the registration package on this site. Simply got to Members under the web site header, then go to Member Documents in the drop down menu, then click on AFSFA 2017 National Meeting Registration Package and finally click on the blue word here and you will be downloading the documents that you can print out, fill in and mail to us.