ROA Salutes the US Marine Corps

"When the Continental Congress raised up two battalions of Marines in 1775, it launched the greatest fighting force the world has ever known…"

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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

ROA Leaders Conference March 13-15, 2016 ROA Minuteman Memorial Building  Registration will open 2 months prior to the event. Download/view Agenda (pdf)

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)


Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention

The Civil Affairs Association In coordination with the National Defense University Center for Complex Operations U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at West Point Foreign Area Officer Association Reserve Officers Association and theU.S. Global Leadership Coalition Friday, November 20th 2015 Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston Mission Training Complex Hood Street, Bldg. # 4014 Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 Download Agenda (pdf) Civil Affairs has long been a major national strategic capability that helps transi...

Examine Access of Veterans to health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs

ROA submitted a statement to the Commission on Care which is a result of the Choice Act officially titled the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA).  The commission charter is “…to examine the access of Veterans to health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and strategically examine how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), locate health care resources, and deliver health care to Veterans during the next 20 years.”

Force of the Future Report Recommendations

The report exploring changes in the future of the military was just delivered to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.  If implemented in part or whole, the result could be major changes in the law.  The first pieces of legislation are already being drafted for introductions early next year but DoD anticipates implementation would take a decade.

GAO Study on Mental Health Access

GAO is completing a study on mental health treatment services for members of the Armed Forces and ROA sat down with them to give the Reserve Component perspective. GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress and investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

They contacted ROA, “Because ROA represents the interests of military servicemembers, GAO is interested in learning about issues related to the availability of, and access to, mental health treatment services within the Military Health System.”