July 15, 2009
A MESSAGE FROM ROA'S NEW PRESIDENT:
"Thank you for letting me serve as your president for this next term and for your trust. We are in a time of great change. ROA can choose to be swept aside, or we can ride the waves of these changing times. I hope we choose to lead the way because we owe it to those who will follow us in the 21st Century. Thank you all for serving this great nation and this great Association."
~ RADM Paul Kayye, USN (Ret.), ROA National President
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
House Passes NDAA
The House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the Senate Armed Services Committee completed its markup on the Senate's version. The Senate is expected to debate and vote on its NDAA in July. The bill will then go into conference in August and September.
ROA will continue to study the two bills, and provide updates regarding these issues.
Learn more by clicking here (www.roa.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=8201.0&dlv_id=13721)
Two of Three TRICARE Contractors To Be Replaced
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced on July 13 the selection of new TRICARE Managed Care Support (MCS) contractors for the North and South TRICARE regions, the third generation (T-3) of TRICARE managed care support contracts. The TRICARE West region retains its current contractor, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp.
Visit the TRICARE T-3 Contracts Page
See the press release on TRICARE Web site
Defense Education Forum Panelists Discuss Modernization, Emerging Missions
Defense Education Forum panelists gathered at the Reserve Officers Association headquarters June 22 to discuss the Air Force Reserve's role in modernization and emerging missions.
See the article (www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123157588)
Watch the event on YouTube
Former Commander Calls for Major Change at NATO
Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, who served as NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, spoke to the Reserve Officers Association as part of a presentation by the Heritage Foundation titled "NATO and Afghanistan: Equitable Burden Sharing" July 9. General Craddock called for major changes in the way the alliance works, to require political leaders to provide the resources to carry out the missions they order. He suggested including the development of shared resources and the expansion of the NATO mission to include non-military, nation-building activities as ways the alliance could help members become more active.
See the article
Click here to watch the video and read the overview
SERVICEMEMBER LAW CENTER UPDATE:
Military Voting Rights Addressed
In a Servicemember Law Center Newsletter released July 7, CAPT Sam Wright discussed military voting rights.
Click here to read more (www.roa.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=8221.0&dlv_id=13781)
ROA Launches Sustaining Member Program
At the National Convention, Immediate Past President COL D. Ladd Pattillo, USAR (Ret.), announced the new annual fundraising campaign -- the Sustaining Member Program. Over $10,000 was raised during the convention. Members can become sustaining members in various categories of donation from $50 to $500 annually. Contact J. Richard Thralls, Director of Resource Development, to become a sustaining member today. He can be reached at email@example.com or (800) 809-9448, ext 721.
NATIONAL CONVENTION WRAP UP:
National Convention a Success!
Thank you to all who attended the last large scale ROA summer convention. Tune in to www.roa.org/orlando for a wrap up of the convention including photos, articles, resolutions, briefings, and information on ROA's new Executive Committee. This page will have things added over the next few weeks as information is brought back by the national staff.
Photos from the Convention
Check out the photos! (www.flickr.com/photos/roa-events/collections/72157621232245156/)
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.
The Intersect (www.roa.org/intersect)
Click here for archived editions
ROA NEWS: CIOR Summer Congress Highlighted
The Confederation's 62nd Summer Congress will take place Aug. 4-8 in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will contain a symposium with the theme Recruitment and Retention of Reserves.
"Now we come to an era where the recruitment of Reservists is more and more complex, and retention will be more important then ever if you choose to have reserve in your forces. That’s why we want to exchange ideas, best practices and lessons learned."
~ LtCol Willem Verheijen, President, CIOR
Visit the CIOR Summer Congress Page(www.cior2009bulgaria.org/)
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Hometown News Release Form
Tell us all about the great things you are doing for ROA via an online Hometown News Release Form. Once filled out, a press release will go to your local media outlets. Your local stories are important to the publicity ROA has the potential to receive, so keep them coming!
Click here to fill one today (www.roa.org/site/htnr)
PKSOI Blog Seeks Your Help
"Civil Affairs at Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI)" takes on issues of civil-military integration and military operations within humanitarian space, and solicits readers' responses to questions posed on these topics as well as suggestions on how the United States can ethically and effectively conduct overseas contingency operations. Bottom line, Colonel Bryan Groves is trying to figure out how to save the village without first destroying it, and he needs your help in finding answers.
Visit the blog (civilaffairspksoi.wordpress.com/)
Click here to view ROA's full calendar (www.roa.org/events)
National Conventions & Reserve Components Expo
- Feb. 7-10, 2010 Washington, D.C.
- Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2011 Washington, D.C.
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