ROA Weekly Newsletter for Feb. 11, 2009
MID-WINTER CONFERENCE SUCCESSFULLY WRAPS UP:
ADM Mullen Addresses Conference at Joint Luncheon
Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed the public at the ROA Mid-Winter Conference on Sunday, Feb. 1. ROA has posted his speech on YouTube for the benefit of those not present.
See the Video on YouTube.com
Col Pattillo's State of Association Address
Read the speech (pdf)
Atlanta Reservist Opens Congress with Prayer
Chaplain (Maj.) James B. Higgins, U.S. Army Reserve, and ROA Chaplain of the Year served as the Congress' Chaplain of the Day
Chaplain of the Year Press Release, pdf (Feb. 2, 2009)
Video of opening prayer
Video of Congressional remarks
Event Media Coverage
Guard Leaders Discuss Successes, Challenges with ROA (NGB)
North Georgia UM pastor is ROA ‘Chaplain of the Year’ (MethodThinker.com)
Check out photos on ROA Flickr Page.
ROA Flickr page
Visit ROA Mid-Winter Wrap-Up Page for more information including speaker bios, awards, photos and further media coverage
Mid-Winter Wrap-Up Page
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY UPDATES:
ROA Resolutions Released
ROA's National Council voted on new and updated resolutions during its meeting last week, establishing or reestablishing ROA's position on a number of issues. These resolutions will help you understand what ROA is doing today to serve the servicemembers what they need the most.
Ensure an Adequate National Defense Budget
Relating to Procurement of the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP)
Need to Improve Military Voting
Management of Operational and Strategic Forces of the Reserve Components
Project on National Security Reform
ROA Expresses Concern with Kagan Nomination for Solicitor General
The Reserve Officers Association of the United States has expressed concern over the nomination of Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as Solicitor General of the United States because of her previous support for an effort to undermine the Federal law that allows military recruiting on college campuses.
Click here to view the Press Statement (pdf)
Feb. 12, Defense Showstoppers: National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration (Webcast): The Defense Education Forum and Foreign Policy Research Institute will host this program, which will also be webcast beginning at 8 a.m.
Click here to register for the web cast
Become a Sustaining Life Member
You’ve already committed to ROA membership. You want to be involved more, but you simply don’t have time, but being financially involved speaks volumes of your commitment. ROA created a category of membership open to any life member who volunteers at least a $50 tax-deductible donation annually. It is for those who recognize the importance of ROA’s existence to ensure a strong national security policy for the future. These important members will provide aid to ROA’s Advocacy and Educational mission by establishing a long-term commitment devoted to supporting the association.
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ROA Signs New Agreement with Travel Affinity Partner -- your Member Benefits Improved!
Vacation Rewards for Government Service offers members access to savings on thousands of cruise itineraries, partner resorts and trusted tour providers through International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE), the worldwide industry leader for integrated cruise and leisure experiences. By enrolling through their approved agency, contractor or association Web site or at GovVacationRewards.com, government employees will immediately receive at least 5,000 Vacation Rewards that can be redeemed for $300 or more in savings on their next vacation. Members earn rewards while saving hundreds on the world’s finest resorts, hotels and cruise lines.
Click here to sign up
ROA Seeks Member with "e-Merchandising" Experience
Several members have recommended ROA find a partner to handle electronic merchandising to ROA members. We need a member who is currently in this business to make recommendations. Please contact MG David Bockel at (202) 646-7705, or Lani Burnett at (202) 646-7758 at the National Headquarters if you have ideas or input.
Voices of My Comrades: America's Reserve Officers Remember World War II
"Voices of my Comrades features so many exhilarating and untold accounts, it is as if the story of the war were being told for the first time." -- Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters and Behind the Lines. Part of your purchase price goes to support the ROA.
Voice of My Comrades on Amazon.com
Sign Up Today for ROA's Army Ten-Miler Team
ROA will once again organize an Army Ten-Miler Team. Registration begins April 1, and the race day is Oct. 4.
Visit the Army 10-miler Web site
Contact ROA Race Team Organizer at (571) 830-0989.
New on ROA Web site: Updated Apple Deals!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you still have time to save with the latest Employee Purchase Program exclusive online promotion! While supplies last, enjoy additional savings on already reduced refurbished iPod shuffles. This exclusive online promotion is available today and ends March 28, 2009 or while supplies last.
Visit ROA's Apple online store
See the flyer (pdf)
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: FAQ Page on ROA Web
ROA has updated its FAQ page; be sure to check for the answers to your questions.
ROA FAQ page
Great American Video of the week
ROA is a participating organization in the Great Americans video archive effort. Tune in to watch this week's video: interview with Private First Class Army Clarence Sasser during his Medal of Honor journey. ROA recently hosted a MOH breakfast for all of the recipients on the day of Inauguration.
Watch this week's video
Upload your videos on the Great Americans Web site
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
A Retreat in Spending (WashingtonPost.com)
Study: More Servicemembers Obese (USA Today)
Gates: Decision on Afghanistan Coming Soon (AP)
Group Helps Wounded Warriors
Warrior Weekend provides weekends of rest and relaxation for Soldiers and Marines who have been wounded in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan and are now undergoing recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Click here for more information
VA Establishes Web Site for OEF/OIF Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a Web site for veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). This Web site provides a summary of veteran's benefits to include information on medical, dental, and family support.
OEF/OIF Web site
Seeking Residents of Camp Lejeune
Did you live or work at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune 1987 or before? If so, please register with the Marine Corps by visiting Web site, or by calling the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Call Center at (877) 261-9782, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
Feb. 9, 1965: A U.S. Marine Corps Hawk air defense missile battalion is deployed to Da Nang in Vietnam. President Johnson had ordered this deployment to provide protection for the key U.S. airbase there. This was the first commitment of American combat troops in South Vietnam and there was considerable reaction around the world to the new stage of U.S. involvement in the war.
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