May 26, 2010
Did You Know? ROA provided employment protection and family leave for spouses and family care-givers of mobilized Guard and Reserve for a period of time prior to or following the deployment of the military member.
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY:
ROA Advises House Leaders on DADT Repeal
In response to recent discussion about including a repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell law in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), ROA sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner urging that the Pentagon be allowed to complete its report on the impact of a repeal of DADT to allow serving members and their families an opportunity to provide feedback.
Learn more about the recent DADT developments
Read ROA's letter to Reps. Pelosi and Boehner
ROA Testifies on Home Loan Guaranty Program
Before the House Veterans Affairs Committee, ROA Executive Director David Bockel testified on the status of the V.A. Home Loan Guaranty Program.
Learn more about the testimony
Read the testimony
ROA President on Capitol Hill
ROA President Paul T. Kayye and Legislative Director Marshall Hanson met with staff from the offices of Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.), Thomas Rooney (D-Fla.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) to discuss increasing the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Appropriations from $700 million by another $500 million.
Read ROA's letter to Chairman Larson
ROA Life Member Assumes Watch as 24th Coast Guard Commandant
Admiral Robert J. Papp, replacing Admiral Thad W. Allen, will assume the duties as the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Of note, he is a previous Director of Reserve and Training, the equivalent to being the USCG Reserve Chief, and is a life member of the Reserve Officers Association.
Learn more about the "relieving the watch"
SERVICEMEMBERS' LAW CENTER:
New Law Reviews
No. 1034 National Guard: Yes, Title 32 duty is covered by USERRA
No. 1035 The Definition of "Uniformed Services"
No. 1032 Update Department of Education Promulgates New Regulations To Implement New Law on Mandatory Readmission of Mobilized Students
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Bunting, far
left, Capt. Thomas Glynn, second left, and U.S. Naval Cmdr. Raymond
Benedict, third left, meet with elders of Bar Kut Shomali village to
gain information on the various needs of their village, May 11, 2010.
Benedict is commander of the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team,
and Glynn and Bunting are assigned to the PRT. U.S. Air Force photo by
Staff Sgt. Steven Doty
Award Process Open for Outstanding WO, JO of the Year
The competition for the CW4 Michael J. Novosel Outstanding Warrant Officer of the Year and Major General Strom Thurmond Outstanding Army Junior Officer of the Year Awards is now open.
CW4 Michael J. Novosel Outstanding Warrant Officer of the Year Award information
Major General Strom Thurmond Outstanding Army Junior Officer of the Year Award information
ROA Academy June 25 in Las Vegas
Academy provides professional ROA leadership training and motivation
for newly elected ROA Department and Chapter officers. It will be held
in conjunction with the National Council Meeting June 25 in Las Vegas.
UPDATE: The Medical Track has been cancelled.
Visit the National Council Meeting page
CIOR/CIOMR Congress Aug. 10-14 in Norway
The 2010 CIOR Summer Congress, "NATO's Comprehensive Approach," will be held this Aug. 10-14 in Stavanger, Norway. Online registration is now available.
View information and registration page
UPORFA Meeting Sept. 8-12 in Argentina
UPORFA's Fall Congress will be held Sept. 8-12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Current speakers committed include MG Cornell Wilson, USMC, and MG Robert Kasulke, USAR. More details to follow.
New ROA Insurance Website from Marsh
Test drive the new ROA insurance website and take advantage of e-tools created to help you successfully navigate the road to financial security. Provide your feedback and enter a sweepstakes to win a TomTom GPS.
Blue Star Museums Program Provides Military Families Free Admission to 600 Museums this Summer
Blue Star Families, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, presents its program, Blue Star Museums, which provides military families free admission to 600 participating museums this summer.
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EVENTS: Full calendar
2010 National Council Meeting
June 25-27, 2010
Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas
July 15-18, 2010
Colorado Springs, CO
August 10-14, 2010
Military.com Job Expos
The Military Coalition (TMC)
National Military and Veterans Alliance (NMVA)
Reserve Enlisted Association (REA)
Reserve Officers Association League (ROAL)
Standing Together for America's Reservists (STARs)
CIOR (NATO's Reserve Officers)
CIOMR (NATO's Reserve Medical Officers)
UPORFA (Pan American Reserve Officers
"No man has a right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere."
~ President Theodore Roosevelt
May 23, 2004 - On this day, U.S. soldiers killed 16 insurgents and found a large cache of weapons at a mosque during an operation in Kufa, Iraq, a stronghold of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Medhi Army militia. Aided by Iraqi civil defense forces, troops found AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades, rocket launchers and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition.