July 1, 2009
My dear fellow members of ROA,
An ancient saying, "May you live in interesting times" can either be a blessing or a curse. My year as your president of the Reserve Officers Association has certainly been interesting. It's also been a challenge with some success. The realities of our financial situation were difficult enough prior to the world financial crisis. With the help of the Executive Committee, trustees, and ROA staff, I have taken prudent steps to protect ROA assets and preserve the ability to pursue our chartered purpose of promoting strong national defense politices. I consider this the greatest accomplishment for ROA during my tenure. This will be my last e-blast to you. After the convention next week, Admiral Paul Kayye will begin sending his communications to you. It has been a true honor to be President of the Reserve officers association for this year, and I look forward to continuing my dedication and support to our great association.
D. Ladd Patillo
Colonel, USAR (Ret.)
National President 2008-2009
2009 President's Report
ROA Executive Director becomes Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (June 30)
It is with a mixture of pride and regret that I announce my resignation as your Executive Director, effective 1 July 2009. The President has appointed me Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. None of that would have happened if I had not had the opportunity and privilege to work for the Reserve Officers Association of the United states over these past four years.
Click here to read Gen. McCarthy's letter.
MEMBER SERVICES UPDATE:
2009 Membership Survey Results Published
At the end of June the ROA released the results of its membership survey. Although only 1.2 percent of the membership responded, there was constructive feedback from the participants.
Click here to view the National Staff Analysis
Click here to view the PowerPoint outbrief.
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATES:
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Cut-Off Date for National Convention
Cut-off dates for hotel reservations have been extended to July 4.
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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.
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ROA NEWS: Member's Forum
Participate in an online discussion with members about changing the C&BL to reflect direct voting by the membership.
Click here for details: www.roa.org/forum
Searching for ROA Representatives in Army Ten Miler
The Reserve Officers Association is looking for runners currently registered to run in the 25th Annual Army Ten Miler who would like to represent ROA. There are a very limited number of team positions remaining. First come, first served.
Email LTC John Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Governance Documents
Before you come to the Convention July 8-11, familiarize yourself with ROA's governance documents
Click here to to access them from Member Services: www.roa.org/members
Due to the annual ROA convention July 8-11, there will be no e-newsletter July 8.
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2009 National Convention
July 8-11, 2009
Marriott World Center, Orlando, Fla.
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Feb. 7-10, 2010 Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, 2011 Washington, D.C.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Lt. Col. Phillip "Hoss" Kennedy was one of many 920th Rescue Wing members who welcomed the commanding general of 10th Air Force, Brig. Gen. Thomas Coon, during a visit to the wing. Before the flight, the general received a tour of the aircraft from Colonel Kennedy, seen here explaining the finer points of a .50-caliber machine gun. The 920th Rescue Wing, based in Portland, Ore., Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and Patrick AFB, Fla., is the only rescue unit in the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo)
July 1, 1898 -
General of the Armies John Pershing, and future founder of ROA, was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action while leading the 10th Cavalry Regiment, also known as "Buffalo Soldiers," at the battle of San Juan Hill.
Click here for more information on the Battle of San Juan Hill
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