ADS | Warrior Expo West Bucket List: 5 Things You Don't Want to Miss…
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What better way to get around the show floor and interact with multiple vendors than through an entertaining game of Warrior Expo Tic-Tac-Toe? Each year, ADS vets 20+ of our partner suppliers to offer a variety prize pack of products fit for the modern day warrior.

How to participate:

  • Register and attend Warrior Expo West.
  • Visit participating booths to receive stamps and complete a row: across, up, down, or diagonal.
  • Claim your prize and enter to win a Warrior Expo Prize Pack by signing and dropping your card at the Information Booth.

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TIP: Once you have your tic-tac-toe paper, use the show guide to map out the booths you plan on visiting and work from left to right or vice versa.

Pre-Registration Raffle:

Just for registering and attending Warrior Expo West, you’re automatically entered to win a Pelican 45QT Wheeled Elite Cooler. This high-quality cooler is made in the USA, has heavy duty wheels, and keeps ice frozen for up to 10 days. What better way to kick off the summer than with this tactical crowd pleaser?

How to participate:

  • Register and attend Warrior Expo West for a chance to win. (No purchase necessary.)
  • Contest ends at the close of Warrior Expo West (1530 on Thursday, April 20, 2017.)
  • The winner will be announced and contacted after the event.
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While you’re researching new products or technology at Warrior Expo West, don’t forget to take time out for yourself or your agency. ADS’ non-profit partners are carefully selected and offer a variety of services that benefit both active-military and veterans.

Visit each non-profit to learn more about what they have to offer. Collect information for yourself or take their collateral back to your agency to see how you can help a great cause.

TIP: The Honor Foundation (THF) and The PsychArmor Institute will be offering educational courses on both days of the show. Sign up at registration to be able to attend—classes are filling up fast!

Transitioning to the Civilian Workforce

What is the path from active duty to a civilian career? Join Philip Dana, Chief of People Operations from THF, as he shares his insight from employing more than 25,000 veterans over 12 years.

  • April 19, 2017: 1200 – 1300
  • April 20, 2017: 1300 – 1400

Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide

Fewer than 7 percent of Americans have served their country in uniform. This leaves us with a significant civilian-military divide. Active duty military and veterans can assist in closing this gap by helping civilians become more educated on military issues.

  • April 19, 2017: 1500 – 1600

Special thanks to our non-profit partners:

  • EOD Warrior Foundation
  • MVP Vets
  • Navy Seal Foundation
  • PsychArmor Institute
  • Spartyka Foundation
  • Team Rubicon
  • Team RWB
  • The Honor Foundation
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It’s not too late to sign up for educational courses. Receive credit hours toward your Continuing Medical Education or learn real-world defense and intelligence skills from a third-party training company with 20+ years of experience.

ADS understands outsmarting the adversary is mission critical for end users, program managers, and procurement specialists alike. Our classroom trainings are designed to provide the modern day warrior with applicable courses led by defense industry subject matter experts.

Modern Use of Force & Legal Review

Studying career offenders and assailants has shown us that some uses of force are unavoidable. With that, armed professionals must be educated, aware, and prepared physically and intellectually for use-of-force scenarios.

  • April 19, 2017: 0930 – 1130
  • April 20, 2017: 1030 – 1230

Surviving Active Violence Events (SAVE)

With the increase in workplace violence, school shootings, and domestic terrorism across our nation, PFC created a course designed for participants to learn how to assess, react to, and survive rapidly unfolding active violence events.

  • April 19, 2017: 1500 – 1600
  • April 20, 2017: 1300 – 1500

Saving Lives in Tactical & Austere Environments*

Join Dr. Gandy, a retired Air Force physician, as he focuses on the state of battlefield medicine, current challenges, new techniques, and emerging technology.

  • April 19, 2017: 1200 – 1400
  • April 20, 2017: 1030 – 1230

*2 hrs of Continuing Medical Education Credits

Battle Born Leadership

This instructional clinic on operational leadership aims to demonstrate through lecture and short exercises what makes the type of leader that people sacrifice for and willingly follow into harm’s way.

  • April 19, 2017: 1430 – 1630
  • April 20, 2017: 1400 – 1530
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This year ADS is hosting several networking opportunities:

Refresh and Recharge

The Refresh and Recharge station will have coffee, refreshments, and power sources all day, thanks to: FirstSpear, Otis, Streamlight, and Safariland.

Wake Up Like a Warrior!

After a jam-packed successful day one, attendees are invited to a morning show floor networking event for refreshing beverages on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

TIP: Drop by and pick up a free permanent party cup, thanks to: ATN, EMA, Field Forensics, FFI Tactical, and Wild Things.

Warrior Bash – Presented by ADS,Inc.

While in town for the premier defense industry show, attendees are invited to mingle among ADS employees, partner suppliers and other customers. Hors D’oeuvres, Drinks, and Entertainment will be provided. Event pass or military ID required for entry.

Warrior Expo 2017 T-Shirt


Every year, ADS gives out a free Warrior Expo t-shirt at check-in to show attendees, vendors, and ADS employees. Since Warrior’s inception 10 years ago, the t-shirt design has gained notoriety as a collector’s item and is highly anticipated year after year. Because this is our 20th anniversary as a company and our 10th anniversary hosting Warrior Expo, this shirt is extra special.

Design Process of the Warrior Expo T-Shirt

In our recent blog, we walk you through the design process of the Warrior Expo t-shirt to show the amount of time and effort ADS continues to put into making it unique. Make sure you get your shirt on April 19th at the San Diego Convention Center by registering for Warrior Expo West.

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