The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) is the nation’s oldest military association lobbying solely for the benefit of the National Guard of the United States and educating the public about the Guard’s role and history in the Armed Forces of the United States. It was formed by militia officers in 1878 to obtain better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. The NGAUS Conference returns to Louisiana for the fifth time. National Guard officers from around the country previously gathered at The Big Easy in 1922, 1931, 1955 and 1977. The conference was scheduled to be held there in 2006, but Hurricane Katrina had other plans.