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ROA Past National President Dies at 79

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, January 8, 2018

Brig Gen Samuel P. Mitchell, Jr. USAF (Ret), 79, a Northland resident of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Samuel was born August 10, 1938 to Samuel P. and Blanche (Pettigrew) Mitchell, Sr. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  He is survived by his loving wife, June Mitchell; two children: Samuel Mitchell III (Tonya); and Leland Mitchell (Michelle).

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North 291 Highway, Liberty, Missouri 64068.  The Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the church.  A Committal service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Kansas.

 

General Mitchell became a life member of ROA in 1970 and since that time provided outstanding leadership for our members at all levels of the organization. He was a Past National President and a Past Chairman of the National Membership Committee.  During his term as National President in 1989, he had a lead role in renovating the Minuteman Memorial Building. In recognition of his membership committee leadership the Samuel Mitchell Membership Award was created. His service also includes various terms on the following National committees: ROTC, National Meetings, ad hoc Website Editorial Board and ad hoc 75th Anniversary.  He was a charter member of the ROA Stars Foundation Pershing Society, joining at the Minuteman $1000 annual giving level of participation. In 2016 ROA presented him with the Harry S Truman Award recognizing his dedicated service. Until his death, the General served ROA in a leadership role as a member of the National Board of Trustees and as a member of the National Resource Development Committee.

 

He served the Department of Missouri as President and was currently Chairman and Trustee of the Charitable Contingency Trust Fund. Paralleling his National level activity, he Chaired the Missouri Membership committee for the past three decades. 

 

General Mitchell also voluntarily served his community as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer since 1972.  In this role he sponsored and mentored 139 Air Force Cadets into the academy or ROTC programs.  Once they were in the program he continued his mentorship throughout their military careers. In his civilian career he was a commercial airline pilot with Transworld Airline.

 

Notably, General Mitchell was an American Patriot who was extremely generous and unselfishly gave his leadership skills and significant financial contributions to all the organizations he supported.  His leadership, mentorship and friendship will be sorely missed by everyone who followed him.

 

Read his Air Force biography.

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Reserve Component Continuation Rates Announced

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Air Force recently announced the Continuation Pay rates under the new Blended Retirement System which “… is a way to encourage Airmen covered by BRS to remain in the Air Force since it will be possible to leave with some retirement benefit prior to 20 years of service.”  The Reserve Component rate is lower then the active duty rate because the National Guard and Reserve have a higher reenlistment rate. READ MORE

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Congress Faces Long List of Issues

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

When the House returns to Congress on 8 January 2018 to begin the 115th Congress, Second Session, they face a long list of issues that were not resolved in the 1st Session, beginning with trying to pass a budget.  READ MORE

 

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RC Travel Survey

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Please complete the ROA travel survey on out-of-pocket costs for National Guard and Reserve members.  This is an emerging issue that Congress and the Pentagon are working on for 2018.  Your responses could influence legislative changes by identifying the unreimbursed travel costs incurred when performing inactive and active duty.  Proposed legislation could expand expenses eligible for reimbursements, update mileage for tax exemptions, or change per diem rates.  Other potential fixes would come from the survey results. TAKE THE SURVEY

 

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Congress Undecided About Budget

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Despite having a year to make budget decisions, Congress is still undecided on what they will do after the CR expires on Friday, December 22, 2018. READ MORE

 

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DoD Releases Demographics Report

Posted By Diane Markham, Thursday, December 7, 2017

DoD has released their 2016 Demographics Report.  A few interesting key facts are:

  • Overall, 44.5 percent of Selected Reserve members are reported as married and 48.6 percent have never been married.
  • Of the 364,537 Selected Reserve members who are married, 6.1 percent are in dual-military marriages. Almost half (48.2%) of Marine Corps Reserve women who are married are in dual-military marriages. Of the Selected Reserve members who are married, the Air Force Reserve has the highest percentage (13.6%) of members in dual-military marriages in 2016.
  • The percentage of Selected Reserve officers who are female has been increasing since 2000. The Coast Guard Reserve had the highest increase in female Selected Reserve officers since 2000 (+7.6%).
  • The percentage of Selected Reserve members 35 years of age and younger has increased from 58.9 percent in 2000 to 68.6 percent in 2016, which is a decrease from 2015 (-0.1%).
  •  Approximately half (49.9%) of the Selected Reserve are assigned to the United States in thirteen states (California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, North Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, and Louisiana).

 Click here for the full report.

 

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House Files Continuing Appropriation

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The U.S. House has filed a Continuing Appropriation (until December 22, 2017) for a floor vote this week.  This will give Congress time to work on the tax bill.  READ MORE

 

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December 1 Military Officer Job Fair - Washington DC Metro Area

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 27, 2017

You are invited to meet face-to-face with representatives from Lockheed Martin, LMI, DynCorp, Institute for Defense Analyses, Endeavor Air, Southern California Edison, PenFed, ENSCO, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, and many more at the December 1st Military Officer Job Fair.  This job fair will be held from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the ballroom of the Army Navy Country Club, located at 1700 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Virginia.  An Employer Panel discussion for job seekers will start at 8:00 am in the Williamsburg Room. Business attire recommended. Bring many copies of your resume.  Be sure to research the companies in advance, including contacting people you know who are working at the companies. While sponsored by the West Point Society of DC, this job fair is open and free to ALL transitioning and former military officers (O-, W-) regardless of commissioning source or branch of service. For more information and to pre-register, visit www.MilitaryOfficerJobFair.com.  By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you'll receive the job fair Employer Directory before the event and give the participating companies early access to your credentials.  Good luck!

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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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