Z Special Events & Professional Military Education - Modern Day Marine

The events for Modern Day Marine 2025 have not been finalized.

Please see below for the lists of events at Modern Day Marine 2024.


APRIL 30 – MAY 2 All Day Starting at 8:30 AM

The OBJ 1 Wargaming Convention provides a focused venue for demonstrations, game play, and networking among military wargaming practitioners, designers, and industry. It will include computer-based games and table-top board games.






TUESDAY 30 APRIL 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Allies & Partners Luncheon at Modern Day Marine offers a unique platform for U.S. Marines and other active-duty service members to engage with international partners and allies. This exclusive event provides a crucial opportunity to gain insights from senior officials, fostering a deeper understanding of the collaborative efforts shaping the future of our strategic partnerships. Attendees can expect a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives, solidifying the bonds that contribute to the strength and unity of our global alliances.


WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This full day event offers transitioning service members and military spouses the opportunity to interact with potential employers, network with industry professionals, access employment resources, and learn the latest hiring trips and trends. The Fair is in the concourse outside of Hall C.







WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Military spouses will have the chance to engage in networking and educational opportunities during our Annual Military Spouse Summit. The agenda comprises a luncheon, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and a comprehensive employment and education fair. Participation is exclusive to military members and their spouses.












WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Attendees at the Marine Corps Contracts and Small Business Industry Day have the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of MCSC Portfolios, PEO, PMs, and I&L Opportunities. This encompasses a wide range of topics, including the Contracts Developmental Program, Ground Weapons Systems, Combat Support Systems, Tactical Communications & Electromagnetic Warfare Systems, and more. The participation of the Office of Small Business Programs for both MCSC and I&L emphasizes the potential for small businesses to explore valuable opportunities. By providing a platform for interaction and networking, this event significantly contributes to the overall importance of the Modern Day Marine Expo as a central hub for industry insights and collaboration.




WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The Grand Gala, held at the The Westin Washington, DC Downtown, is a high value ancillary networking opportunity for exhibitors to connect with Marine Corps leadership, Marine Corps Systems Command personnel, and their influencers in the government space. The event will commence  with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner where we will honor the Dickey Chappelle and the Iron Mike Award recipients. Also in attendance will be Enlisted Award recipients and collective leadership from the MDM co-hosts, the Marine Corps Association and the Marine Corps League. All guests will enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the Color Guard of the Marine Corps as well as a performance by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Learn more about the Dickey Chappelle and Iron Mike Awards and past recipients here. Attendance is restricted to exhibitors and members of the military. The required attire is black tie for civilians and Evening Dress, Blue Dress A, or equivalent for members of the military. Thank you to L3 Harris, KONGSBERG, and Textron Systems, this year’s sponsors.


THURSDAY 2 MAY 7:15 AM – 8:40 AM

The Modern Day Marine Congressional Breakfast will focus both lawmaker and appropriator attention on the conceptual strategic value of Force Design 2030 as a service level roadmap for rapid transition to a 21st century, naval integrated, “stand in force” for deterrence in restricted seas and complex littoral terrain. Invited guests will include the lawmakers, appropriators and affiliated professional staff who are most instrumental to informing and resourcing the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ vision for Force Design 2030.  Attire is business formal for civilians and Service Charlies or service equivalent for members of the military. Attendance is restricted to exhibitors, non-exhibitors, and members of the military.


THURSDAY 2 MAY 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

An informal happy hour style networking opportunity to close the final day of the show in the Marine Zone area for all industry and DoD constituent groups. Traditionally hosted by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the reception will include beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, and appetizer service.







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