Past Events

Many DEF events are webcast live and available afterwards on ROA's YouTube Channel. Visit us often for our latest videos and recordings.

You can also check out our upcoming events and register online.


23 - 26
Jul

2014 ROA National Convention

Get in the Fight The 2014 ROA National Convention is coming to Long Beach, CA. Mark your calendars and save the date for July 23-26, 2014.   ROA's National Convention is the cornerstone of our work to support a strong Reserve force. Delegates to the Convention form the direction of our association through critical votes and elections. These decisions drive our legislative agenda and direct the association's work in Washington and across the nation. There's no better chance to make a difference in our cause than by actively participating in this democratic process. Have your voice heard...
23 - 26
Jul
JOPDS

Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar

JOPDS is a premier professional development opportunities available to Reserve junior officers and is one of the only professional development seminars to emphasize joint service participation. To date, more than a thousand young officers from all services have benefited from these ROA events. JOPDS is open to all serving Reservists (O1-O4 and WO1-CW4) and is a reimburseable expense when attending on orders. Registration for JOPDS Longbeach includes:  All Service Section meetings, Opening & Closing sessions, JOPDS Programs, offsite tour, table-top exhibits, breakfast and lunch on Thursday,...
25
Jul

Balancing Dual Careers

  Not a typical military job event. This Reserve-specific afternoon will provide unique insights and tools to advance in your civilian life. Meet executives from military-friendly and Fortune 500 companies including Amazon, Comcast, Farmers Insurance, Fox Networks Group, Verizon, and W.W. Grainger, Inc. This seminar is free and open to all Reservists, Guardsmen and their families.     Panels Include: Achieving Five-Star Success in Your Military Career, Civilian Career, and Personal Life (1300-1500) The ideal combination of work, family, and social can be difficult to achieve. Reservists h...
25
Jul

Reserve Family Fun Day

Your Reserve family has unique needs. Reserve Duty Has Unique demands. We’ve got the resources to balance both. Join The ROA STARS Foundation and corporate supporters of the reserve community for an afternoon of family support programming designed to strengthen your life as a Citizen Warrior. This activity is free and open to all Reservists, Guardsmen and their families.   Kids Activities include: Enter a contest for a FREE trip to Washington, DC by creating your Reserve family life collage Help to paint a patriotic wall mural to be displayed in Washington, DC this fall Join an on-lin...
16
Jul
DEF

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...
02
May

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...
21
Mar
DEF

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...
14
Mar
DEF

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
Mar

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...
05
Mar
DEF

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...

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