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New Army Secretary Confirmed

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, November 16, 2017

ROA would like to congratulate Dr. Mark T. Esper as the 23rd secretary of the Army!

 

The U.S. Senate confirmed Esper by a 89-6 vote on Wednesday afternoon. President Donald Trump nominated Esper in July to become secretary of the Army.

 

In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Nov. 2, 2017, Esper laid out for lawmakers his priorities if confirmed as secretary. "If confirmed, my first priority will be readiness -- ensuring the total Army is prepared to fight across the full spectrum of conflict," Esper said. "With the Army engaged in over 140 countries around the world, to include combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, training rotations to Europe to deter Russia, and forward deployed units in the Pacific defending against a bellicose North Korea, readiness must be our top priority.” Readiness, he said, starts with ensuring the Army has the best possible Soldiers in the force. "This means recruiting and retaining the best our nation has to offer, ensuring these young men and women are well-trained and well-led, and equipping them with the best weapons and technology available," Esper said. "Every unit must be prepared to deploy and accomplish its mission. These are the fundamental Title 10 duties of the Secretary of the Army, and, if confirmed, I intend to do them well.”

 

A 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Esper served on active duty for over 10 years before transitioning into the U.S. Army Reserves, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. His service included a deployment with the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm. For his valor during that operation, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Following his active-duty service, Esper served in a number of think tank and congressional policy advisor roles here in Washington. From 2002 to 2004, he became the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy and from 2004 to 2006, he served as director of national security affairs in the Office of the Senate Majority Leader. After serving in a number of other leadership positions with industry and government, he became vice president of government relations at Raytheon in 2010, the position he held before his confirmation to become secretary of the Army. Esper earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard in 1995 and a doctorate from George Washington University in 2008. READ MORE

 

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Can a Reservist be a Blue Angel?

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, November 16, 2017

The answer to this question, educational opportunities and articles on leadership can be found in this month’s issue of the Navy Reserve Aviation Newsletter. See the full newsletter.

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NDAA Ready for U.S. House Floor Vote

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, November 13, 2017

The NDAA is expected to be voted out of the House floor this week which gives the Senate time to complete the bill before Thanksgiving.  Click here to read the bill and Joint Explanatory Report. 

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Happy Veterans Day!

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, November 9, 2017

ROA wishes all our nation’s veterans a Happy Veterans Day.  While one day a year we officially recognize those who have served in uniform, every day in a free America’s calendar is a reminder of the role veterans played and continue to play in underwriting the liberties we hold dear.

 

Here are some ways you may receive thanks in your communities:

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Lean about the history of Veterans Day from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

 

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Happy Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps!

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, November 9, 2017

ROA wishes the United States Marine Corps a happy 242nd birthday!

 

The Marine Corps’ Birthday is on November 10th and celebrates the establishment of the US Marine Corp in 1775.

 

A Message from the Commandant

“Seventy-Five years ago today, after months of fighting at Henderson Field and along Edson’s Ridge, Marines on Guadalcanal spent the night of 10 November 1942 planning and preparing...” Click here for the full message.

 

242nd Marine Corps Birthday Video

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green speak to Marines and sailors about the importance of teamwork to the success of our corps. Watch the video.

 

Internal Celebration

The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the Marine Corps. Usually, it is marked with a Marine Corps Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment. The first ball was held in 1925. www.timeanddate.com

 

Revolutionary Result

The US Marine Corps started as the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. On that date, the Second Continental Congress decided that they needed 2 battalions of Marines to serve as landing forces with the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). After the war, the Continental Navy was dismantled, and as a consequence the Marines as well. However, after increasing conflict with revolutionary France, the Marine Corps was formally re-established. www.timeanddate.com

 

US Marine Corps Today

The United States Marine Corps is the US Armed Forces' combined-arms task force on land, at sea, and in the air. It has more than 180,000 active duty personnel as well as almost 40,000 personnel in the Marine Corps Reserve. www.timeanddate.com

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ROA Chaplain's Thoughts: The War to End All Wars

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, November 9, 2017

Celebrating special events and days are part of American life. It is good that we mark those days not only in our history but for our future. It seems to me, there is a necessary connection between our history and knowing just who we are in the present to confidently face our future with more wisdom and fortitude. Click here for the full story.

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Military Reporting of Crimes to be Scrutinized

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The HASC and SASC have vowed to vigorously review how the military services report crimes to civilian agencies after the shooting in Texas.

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DoD Nominations

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, November 6, 2017

The SASC is holding nomination hearings on 7 and 9 November for two important positions that directly affect the National Guard and Reserve.

Dr. Dean L. Winslow, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Mr. Shon J. Manasco, Assistant Secretary of the AF for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

The hearings can be viewed here.

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ROA Past National President Nominated to Federal Bench

Posted By Diane Markham, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

President Trump today nominated ROA’s immediate past national president, Col. James R. Sweeney II, USMC (Ret.), to the federal bench. If confirmed, Colonel Sweeney will serve as a district judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. - Semper Fi, Jim!   READ MORE


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Out-of-Pocket Travel Expenses

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, October 30, 2017

Last year ROA discussed with the Government Accountability Office the cost of travel for Reserve Component members that often go unreimbursed. They recently completed a study that identified National Guard and Reserve members are incurring costs for Inactive Duty Training and longer duration training or assignments. The report states, “GAO is recommending that DOD collect quality information and conduct an analysis of the potential effects of reservists’ unreimbursed travel expenses on retention, and respond to these risks by considering the costs and benefits of any possible actions to address the identified issues. DOD concurred with this recommendation.” 

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