ROA Weekly Newsletter for January 28, 2009
In this Issue:
Headlining this week are upcoming Defense Education Forums and the release of the February/March OFFICER magazine.
MID-WINTER CONFERENCE UPDATES:
Mid-Winter Conference Schedule Announced
Map out what meetings you'll be attending before you arrive by reviewing the online schedule.
Click here to see schedule (PDF format)
Walk-in Registration Accepted!
Forgot to sign up for the Mid-Winter Conference? Fear not, ROA accepts walk-in registrations!
DEFENSE EDUCATION UPDATE:
Jan. 28, Project on National Security Reform
James R. Locher III, Executive Director of the Project on National Security Reform, discussed a newly-released report, "Forging a New Shield."
PNSR Web site
DEF Programs Page
Feb. 6, Economic Stimulus and Military Construction for the National Guard and Reserves-MILCON Forum
The Defense Education Forum and the National Guard Educational Foundation will host an "Economic Stimulus and Military Construction forum for the National Guard and Reserves," featuring legislative panelist as well as active and reserve component leaders who will discuss their MILCON needs.
Register to attend
Feb. 12, Defense Showstoppers: National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration
The Defense Education Forum and Foreign Policy Research Institute will host a Defense Showstoppers: National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration at ROA Headquarters from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Visit FPRI Web page
Download registration form (40K Microsoft Word doc)
This event will be webcast live. Register for the webcast here
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATE:
Military Projects are Part of Stimulus Plan
Last week, ROA Legislation and Military Policy reported the stimulus proposal, released Jan. 15, could exceed $160 billion, and Reserve base construction projects are among the list. Air Force Times reports $12.5 billion in military and veterans construction programs.
Air Force Times Article
Membership Survey Has Over 500 Respondents
There's still time to take the ROA membership Survey. Your voice counts, so we need your feedback!
Take the survey
ROA Proactively Sets 2009 Legislative Agenda Advocating Changes to USERRA Laws
Military Times interviewed Lt. Gen. Dennis McCarthy, ROA Executive Director, for its Feb. 2 issue on issues ROA will address with Congress this year, including changes in the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act. The article appeared in the Army and Navy Times.
Click here to read the article (PDF format)
Get Your February/March OFFICER Issue
The February/March OFFICER issue focuses on the ROA’s important role in the government, Strategic Reserve still required, and Keystrikes: the New Warfighting Domain.
Visit the OFFICER Online page
Read the magazine (PDF format)
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Component Resources
Find everything from A to Z on Component Resources page. Looking for Family Support? We got it. Mobilization Information sites? Visit to get your questions answered!
Click for Resources Page
Great American Video of the week
ROA is a participating organization in the Great Americans video archive effort. Tune in to watch the video of the journey of an American Soldier who survived after being shot by Iraqi sniper. This was filmed for the History Channel.
Watch this week's video of the journey of a Soldier
Upload your videos on the Great Americans Web site
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
Air Force Reservists Participate in Inaugural Parade
Command of 4th Air Force Changes Hands
Op tempo puts job-protection rights at risk
Details emerge on Post-9/11 GI Bill
National Guard and Reserve Activated as of January 27, 2009
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Accepting Applications
The 'Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities' (EBV) are accepting applications for admission. EBV, first introduced by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007, offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
EBV Web site
Free Education for Wounded Warriors and Spouses
The Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has an Educational Foundation that runs a program called “Creating Futures,” which is providing veterans with the opportunity to obtain employable skills to achieve rewarding careers.
If you are a veteran or spouse and have an interest in the IT field, please check the information on the NAUS Web site on the Veterans page.
Read more about the program
CompTIA Creating Futures Web site
Let Liberty Mutual Help You Conduct a Household Inventory and Win a Digital Camera
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ROA Mid-Winter Conference & Reserve Component Expo
February 1-4, 2009
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Click here to Register Online
Defense Education Forum
To find out what DEF events are scheduled, Click Here
CIOR Mid-Winter Seminar February 15-18, 2009
CIOR/CIOMR Mid-Winter Meeting
February 18-21, 2009
ROA 2009 National Convention
July 8-11, 2009
Marriott World Center
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
January 27, 1973: The United States and Vietnam sign the Paris Peace Accords, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War and restoring peace in Vietnam.
See Paris Peace Treaty Web site
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