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Where: Conference Center Ft Buchanan, Puerto Rico Registration: Registration Fee will be $225 per person. Registration will open on 1 April. Lodging: Holiday Inn Express El Caney Lodge on Ft Buchanan El Caney Lodge Bldg., 678 Depot Rd, Ft Buchanan, PR 00934 Telephone: 787-792-7977 Rates: Single Room:  $ 109.00 (plus 9% tax) Double Room (two beds): $114.00 (plus 9% tax) VIP Suite: $169.00 (plus 9% tax) Reservations must be made not later than 15 August 2016 to guarantee event rates. Call 787-792-7977 or go online and use group code FER. Agenda: TBA
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Golden West Annual Convention and JOPDS Seminar

ROA Dept Golden West Annual Convention and Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar (JOPDS) 22-24 April 2016 Location: Holiday Inn Bayside, San Diego, CA Consistent with its commitment to today's serving Reservists, the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Defense education Forum (DEF) in conjunction with the Department of the Golden West with host a Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar (JOPDS) Program, 22-24 April in San Diego at the Holiday Inn Bayside. JOPDS is one of the premier professional development opportunities available to our younger officers and is one of the only...

Obsession with technology may endanger defense capability


A senior Air Force officer’s comments made in September illustrate the defense technocracy’s willingness to sacrifice proven and plentiful lower-tech weapon systems in pursuit of the alluring promise of technological advantage, endangering real combat capacity.

“Air Force Gen. Herbert. J. ‘Hawk’ Carlisle said Tuesday the raging debate over whether the A-10 or the F-35 is better equipped to perform close air support was totally missing the point on the future of the mission.

Chapter 21 - Walla Walla


WHAT:  Monthly Lunch Meetings

WHEN:  First Friday of Each Month (except for January and July which have no meeting)

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CIOR 2016 Winter Seminar & Midwinter Meeting

CIOR 2016 Winter SeminarJanuary 31-February 3, 2016 Location: Hotel Bristol, Bonn, Germany More information at www.cior.net CIOR 2016 Midwinter MeetingFebruary 4-6, 2016 Location: NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium More information at www.cior.net  
29 - 03


The IBM 3 will take place at Hilton Hotel Sofia, which situated in the Down-Town area of Sofia, Bulgaria. Dress code: Military Service dress (unless stated otherwise), mess dress not required. Tentative Program: Sunday 29 Nov:     all day Arrivals                                1900-2100 Icebreaker (drinks + light snacks) Monday  30 Nov:    0900-1300 Meetings                                1300-1400 Lunch                                1400-1700 Meetings                                Free evening                 Tuesday 1 Dec:      0900-1300 Meetings                                1...
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ROA Leaders Conference

Where ROA Minuteman Memorial Building One Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 Registration The Registration rate is $99 per individual. The registration form is attached. There are four ways you can submit the registration form: Download and complete the Registration form on your computer. Save, and forward completed form to Tracey Ware (tware@roa.org). Print the registration form. Scan the completed form and email it to Tracey Ware (tware@roa.org). Print the registration form. Mail the completed form to: Reserve Officers Association Attn: 2016 Leaders Meeting One Constituti...

Arlington National Cemetery grapples with capacity limits and changing nature of memorialization

Louisiana National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery after a lengthy fight with the Army. (Louisiana National Guard, AP)


The inevitable faces Arlington National Cemetery: it is nearing capacity for “below-ground” interments (commonly called “burials”).  There is plenty of room for the enshrinement of cremated remains, called “inurnment.”

CR to Accompany H.R. 1735-NGREA


The Department of Defense (DoD) never requests funds for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account.  This is not an account that is part of the DoD budget but is added as an account each year by Congress.  The House and Senate authorizes additional funds for National Guard and Reserve equipment because of the significant shortages they see as a result of the DoD budget not requesting enough equipment funds for the Reserve Component.

CR to Accompany H.R. 1735-A10 Fleet


The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 authorized restoration of procurement, operations and maintenance, and personnel to the A-10 program.  The budget will need to appropriate the same amounts or they can reduce or add to these amounts.

The conference report agreed to these changes to what the House and Senate had previously placed in their versions of the NDAA.

Read the full report (pdf)