Past Events

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Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Military and Veterans: Challenges & Solutions

This symposium will examine the full spectrum of mental health challenges facing America's military and veteran communities by framing the complexities of mental health treatment for our military through three unique perspectives; ranging from clinical realities for our men and women in uniform, the challenges of policy implementation and the prospects of legislative solutions from Congress. Through these panels, our experts will aim to identify permanent solutions for parity and realibility in mental health treatment for our service members.  Clinical and Research Perspective: Screening, i...

Women in Combat Units

On January 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense announced its decision to eliminate the ground combat exclusion policy and begin the process of opening 238,000 direct ground combat positions to women. With this historic development, the U.S. joins a small but growing list of countries in which all military positions are open to women on an equal basis to men.   Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden all permit women in all combat units. France, Israel, and the Netherlands permit women in combat positions but they are barred from some un...

More than "Monuments Men": Military Support to Governance in the 21st Century

  The movie "Monuments Men" reminds us of a time when specialized military units had a direct role in filling the gaps of governance in war-torn countries. A vital aspect of military service includes indirect tasks in supporting governance, not only in post-conflict situations but also for conflict prevention. This roundtable discussion will examine the role of military forces in helping to build and preserve peace, the need to provide governance and security at the national and local levels, and the capabilities of interagency, intergovernmental, and non-governmental civil society organizatio...

QDR 2014: Balancing Strategy & Austerity

  On the heels of the release of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review and the President's FY15 budget proposal, the defense community finds itself preparing for major changes. In describing the QDR, Secretary Hagel said the strategy represents "the tough choices we are making in a period of fiscal austerity." Those tough choices are detailed through reductions to force structure and unnecessary overhead, investing in readiness and reforming military compensation.  On March 14, The Reserve Officers Association and the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute will convene a panel of ex...
03 - 05

National Council Meeting

  Advisory to National Council Attendees Due to the impending winter storm due to hit DC and surrounding areas on March 3 between 6am-5pm all events for the National Council meeting scheduled for March 3 at the Minuteman Building have been cancelled. UPDATE: The National Council agenda will resume on Tuesday March 4 with a delayed start time of 10:00 am. The ROA STARS Foundation Gala is on as scheduled.   ROA's 2014 National Council Meeting is your chance to take an active role in the direction of your association. Whether you're a lifetime member or a recently joined NCO, the National Co...

Modernizing Healthcare: Private Sector, DoD and VA Innovations in Action

  Healthcare in the military and civilian world is a dynamic field that is in a constant state of change. Given the unique environments of military medicine and civilian healthcare, these changes can often occur in disparate ways, contributing to gaps in service. The constant between the fields is the patient. The life cycle of care for any given service member will take them through three distinct systems: private sector care, DoD and the VA. Now more than ever, innovations across the spectrum of these three fields are being shared, learned from and incorporated, helping to bridge the gaps in...

ROA STARS Foundation Gala

    I cannot attend but would like to make a gift to the Foundation       Stand Together for America’s Reservists and Celebrate the Reserve Community! Be among those who recognize the extraordinary sacrifice made by our nation’s Reservists and their families! Join us as we celebrate the dedicated service of our men and women in uniform and honor those who have gone beyond public service through extraordinary contributions to our national security. Gala Co-Chairs                Vice Admiral Dirk Debbink, USN (Ret) Chairman & CEO, MSI General Corporation Dr. J. Phillip “Jack”...

The Gulf States and the Contest for the Middle East

Sponsored by the Reserve Officers Association and the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Program on National Security and Program on the Middle East In the latest chapter in festering geopolitical competition over dominance in the Persian/Arabian Gulf, the proxy war in Syria between Iran and the Gulf States has garnered world-wide attention. A panel discussion made up of regional experts and international relations scholars will explore the dangerous regional balance of power and examine courses of action. Featuring: Amin Tarzi, Director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps Unive...
06 - 08

CIOR/CIOMR Winter Meeting

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, commonly referred to by its French acronym CIOR, represents the interests of over 1.3 million reservists across 36 participating nations within and beyond NATO, making it the world’s largest military reserve officer organization. Founded in 1948 by the reserve officer associations of Belgium, France and the Netherlands, CIOR is now a NATO-affiliated, non-political and non-profit umbrella organization of member nations’ national reserve officer associations. The CIOR meets twice a year – in the summer and winter – and they work through commit...

American Security and the Iranian Bomb: Analyzing Threats at Home and Abroad

The panel will discuss implications for American security—at home and abroad—following the recent nuclear agreement with Iran. Participants will provide a candid assessment of the agreement, its consequences, and the urgent threats Iran poses to America. Featuring: Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney EMPact America Chairman Henry Schwartz Concerned Veterans of America CEO Pete Hegseth   Can't make it?  Watch the Live Webcast