A private association of National Guard members is holding its annual conference in Honolulu this weekend.
Nearly 3,000 people are expected to attend the National Guard Association of the United States meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki is scheduled to speak along with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon of California.
The association was formed in 1878 with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training for state militias. Today, it includes 45,000 current or former National Guard officers.
This is the fifth time since 1960 that the association has held its conference in Hawaii.
Events will start late Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the conference's industry exhibition. Events are also scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.