April 22, 2009
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATE:
Join Us in Orlando, Fla., for ROA's Summer Convention as We Honor the HEROES AMONG US—Our Nation’s Citizen Warriors
Keynote Speakers announced!
Lt. Gen. John Allen, Deputy Commander for U.S. Central Command will speak at the formal Banquet
Maj. Gen. Doug Stone, incoming commander of Marine Forces Reserve and former Deputy Commander for Detainee Ops in Iraq, will speak at a joint service luncheon.
Steven Little, Author of the Milkshake Moment and motivational speaker will open the Convention. (Based on the REA article from February's The OFFICER Magazine mentioning this book, he has comp'd his speaker fees)
For registration information, visit ROA's Orlando Web page
Upcoming DEF Program: The Accidental Guerrila
The Heritage Foundation and the Reserve Officer Association will host a luncheon discussion with Dr. David Kilcullen to discuss his new book, The Accidental Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One at Rayburn House in Room B-340 on Friday, May 1, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Kilcullen, a former officer in the Australian Defense Force and senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus, has combined his decades of experience to help conceptualize how the numerous “small wars” that span the globe are interconnected with the broader Global War on Terrorism. RSVP to Dustin Carmack at (202) 608-6058, or James Freeman at (202) 646-7720.
TAPS: ROA Mourns Death of Former Deputy Executive Director
Col. Herman Frankel, USA (Ret.), formerly of Silver Spring, Md., died April 12, 2009 in Dallas, Texas, at 86. He served as the Deputy Executive Director and the Army Director at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C.
Herman Frankel will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., with full military honors at 9 a.m. on July 16. There will also be a memorial service in his honor at 2 p.m. on May 11, at the Classic Residence by Hyatt, 5455 La Sierra Drive, Dallas, Texas 75231. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Herman's memory to the Reserve Officers Association.
See the obituary on Washington Post
EXCOM Minutes Added to Member Services Page
The Minutes of the March 26 Executive Committee (EXCOM) Meeting has been added to the member services page. Be sure to review the changes, and additions.
Member Services Page
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
More Cash for Reservists Staying In (Army Times)
VA Welcoming Vets Home with New Web Site, Blog (Veterans Affairs Press Release)
Issues in the Assessment of Post-Deployment Stress (Military OneSource, PDF)
Buying the Base: Taking Over AFRC Security Forces Operations at Kirkuk Leads to More Predictability and Sustainability (AFRC News)
Spurred by Gates, Congress May Consider Overhauling Military Health Care (CQ)
Statement by Adm. Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, on Piracy (Office of Public Affairs, USCG)
Gates Drops Ball on U.S. Air Force Needs (UPI)
ROA To Launch News Clipping Product "The Intersect"
On May 5, ROA members with e-mail will begin receiving a new informational product called "The Intersect" with weekly news clips and abstracts of stories compiled by a professional news clipping service with access to thousands of media outlets. This member benefit is free to the Association, and will help reinforce the fact ROA is the source of pertinent information for Citizen Warriors and their families.
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Online Renewal Options
Running out of time to renew your ROA membership? Fear not! You can renew your membership by visiting the ROA Web site, and clicking on "renew" box.
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Great American Video of the Week
Tune in to watch this week's Great American video: Military Heroes and Their Stories.
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Summer Course Registration Now Open at Stevens WebCampus
Registration is now open for Stevens Institute of Technology graduate certificate and Master’s programs! ROA's partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology provides members with a 10 percent tuition discount on Stevens WebCampus courses. Here's how it works: Notify Stevens Institute of your ROA membership and your interest in the 10 percent member discount when you sign up for any Stevens WebCampus course. At the completion of the course, discount cost will be rebated to you.
See the ROA WebCampus Page for more information
National Convention for Veterans at ROA Headquarters May 13-14
National Convention for Veterans will be held at the Reserve Officers Association National Headquarters Building May 13-14. The Convention will advance a comprehensive veterans' platform and raise the priority for veterans in our nation's agenda. The two-day program will feature the following: National Veterans' Leaders from Around the Country, Leading Members of the United States Congress, Highly Credentialed and Outspoken Speakers and Panel Members on the Subjects Veterans' Advocacy, National Defense and Budgetary/Spending Reform, and Continuous Media Opportunities with Nation and Regional Outlets.
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Register for the 17th Annual Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference
The 17th Annual International Military and Civilian Combat Stress Conference is scheduled from April 30-May 4, at the Courtyard by Marriott at Marina del Rey in Los Angeles, Calif. The Combat Stress Conference, the longest running and one of the best of its kind in the world, has trained both military and civilian staff to provide services to military personnel experiencing Combat Stress related problems, as well as problems experienced by civilian disaster workers and victims.
For more information, e-mail Dr. Bart Billings, or call (760) 438-2788.
Visit the Conference Web site, phone at (800) 547-2736
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