June 17, 2009
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
Act Now To Support Early Retirement Amendment
Write to Congress to support an amendment being introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) to correct and backdate the eligibility date for retirement for those who have served since 9/11. ROA members, Reservists, and friends of the Guard and Reserve have had an impact on issues, and your grassroots support would be invaluable at this time.
Write to Congress, click here
ROA To Testify in Front of SAC-D
Col. Will Holahan, USMC (Ret.), ROA’s Member Services Director, will be testifying before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense June 18. ROA will also be the spokesman for the Associations for America’s Defense at the same hearing. The embargoed testimony will be available at ROA Web site after the all day hearing.
DEF To Host National Security Energy Forum June 25
The Defense Education Forum will host a "Forum on Energy and and National Security" June 25 at the Minuteman Memorial Building. The program will explore current energy policy and alternatives and relate it to national security issues. Featured on the program will be several Members of Congress, representatives of public policy groups, representatives of various energy trade associations, and a perspective from the services. The luncheon speaker is former national security advisor Bud McFarlane. The program is especially timely given the sweeping energy proposals now pending before Congress.
Air Force Reserve Modernization DEF Program June 22
A Defense Education Forum program solely focused on the Air Force Reserve will discuss the complexities, challenges and successes of modernizing the Air Force Reserve Monday, June 22, at 9:45 a.m. at the Reserve Officers Association Minuteman Memorial Building.
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATES:
Cut-Off Date for National Convention Extended
Cut-off dates for registration and hotel reservations have been extended. Early registration has been extended to midnight June 22. The hotel cut-off is July 4.
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Visit ROA's Orlando Web page
Spaces Still Available for JOLDTS
It is not too late to reserve your space in the Joint Officer Leadership Development and Training Seminar (JOLDTS)! You will need to complete the online form here by June 28. You will pay your registration fee on-site when you check in at the ROA-JOLDTS desk on July 7. Questions? Call Col. Obenland at (360) 895-2720 (Pacific Time).
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
ROA's "Intersect" electronic newsletter brings you the top stories of the Week for Citizen Warriors. Previous editions of the "Intersect" can be found in the News Section on the ROA Web site.
Click here for this week's headlines
Click here for archived editions
ROA NEWS: LtGen McCarthy's Confirmation Hearing at Senate Armed Services Committee on June 11, 2009
Hearing Webcast on the SASC Web site
Proposed ROA Constitutional Amendment Online Forum
There will be an Amendment proposed at the National Convention in Orlando, Fla., to change the ROA constitution and bylaws to allow ROA’s active members to vote directly for national officers. The amendment is in response to surveys where serving members state they can’t participate because of time conflicts with family, civilian career, and demand from an operational Reserve. Visit the following link to participate in an online discussion about this topic.
Learn more about the proposed Amendment
ROA Life Member Selected To Lead DoD's Federal Voting Assistance Program
National Defense Committee's (NDC) Executive Director, Capt. Robert H. Carey Jr., USN, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to serve as the Director of Federal Voting Assistance Program at the Department of Defense. Mr. Carey is a life ROA member, and was the Naval Services Vice President for ROA.
Army Ten Miler: ROA Runners Needed
The ROA team is looking for runners currently registered to run in the 25th Annual Army Ten Miler. E-mail LTC John Nolan for further information.
The OFFICER July-August Issue
In this Issue:
Living in Interesting Times by Col. Ladd Pattillo, USAR (Ret.)
Citizen Warriors have been the focus of my year as ROA national president. As we prepare to convene July 8-11 in Orlando for the 2009 Annual Convention of the Reserve Officers Association, we shall culminate this theme in tribute to the “Heroes Among Us.”
Employer-Employee Relations: A National Security Issue by LtGen Dennis M. McCarthy, USMC (Ret.)
Chief of the Army Reserve LTG Jack Stultz, an ROA Life Member, has started a remarkable program involving ongoing partnerships with employers around the country. Essentially, the program involves identifying and matching Army skills with employer needs. Employers get the benefit of high-quality pre-trained employees, but accept those employees with the understanding that, as Citizen Warriors, the Army will likely need them one year out of five.
Visit the OFFICER Online
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Chapter/Department Minimum Standards
The purpose of chapter and department minimum standards is to conform to guidance provided by the National and Executive Committees. Once met, these standards identify a chapter and department as ROA working units. Call your chapter and department leadership to check if they have complied.
Read the documents (PDF) in ROA's Member Resources Section
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Get your ESGR/USERRA Card Today
As a uniformed servicemember, you have the rights and responsibilities to your job under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Print this card today to remind yourself of your rights, requirements as a Soldier under the USERRA, and the reemployment timetable.
Click here to print your card
Army Reserve Enrichment Camp
Army Reserve Enrichment Camp (AREC), a 5-7 day residential camping experience for youth organized by Army Reserve Child, Youth & School Services helps reduce feelings of isolation among Army Reserve youth who do not live in military communities by building skills in leadership, independence, peer relationships, self esteem, adventure, and exploration.
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