July 22, 2009
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
ROA Announces New Resolutions
ROA's National Convention adopted 18 new resolutions pertaining the national security and the future of the Reservists. Individual Ready Reserve Funding, Continuing Production of F-22 Raptor Aircraft, and Expand Eligibility for Early Retirement were among these.
Please visit the ROA Resolutions Web page
Read the Press Release
Debate Continues in Senate on its version of NDAA
On Tuesday, the Senate added an amendment offered by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fl.), to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would eliminate the Survivor Benefit Plan/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (SBP/DIC) offset which reduces DIC payments by the amount received under SBP. If eliminated, the surviving spouse would receive both payments. ROA along with 33 other association endorsed this amendment.
ROA (in follow-up to a resolution passed in support of additional F-22s) sent a letter that was read by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), and entered into the record. Sen. Chambliss led the opposition to an amendment to strike the additional F-22s from the Senate bill. Unfortunately, the amendment passed by a vote of 58 to 40. F-22s remain in the House bill, and will be an issue in the conference to be held on the NDAA in August and September.
ROA also sent a support letter on an amendment by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.), to return funding for the purchase of UH-1Ys helicopters by the U.S. Marine Corps, which was cut during mark-up to provide funding for alternative engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. At press time no vote had been taken on this amendment.
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ROA NEWS: ROA Announces Establishment of BrigGen Mitchell Recruiting Excellence Award
At its Orlando Convention, ROA announced the establishment of the Brig. Gen. Samuel P. Mitchell, USAF (Ret.) ROA Recruiting Excellence Award. This award is named to honor the new member recruiting skill legacy of Past National President Gen. Mitchell, whose enthusiasm and personal motivation to recruit new members to ROA is near legendary. Individual ROA members who recruit at least 12 new full dues paying members within the ROA fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) will be eligible to receive this recognition.
ROA named Semi-Finalist for 2009 Freedom Award
ROA has been selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. Government’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.
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ROA Seeks New Executive Director
ROA will soon be seeking applications for the full-time position of Executive Director. The executive director heads the national staff, manages a $6 million budget, serves the membership of approximately 68,000 officers, serves as chief legislative spokesperson, interacting with Congress and the Executive Branch, and serves as the Association’s chief administrative officer. Candidates must demonstrate and effectively communicate an understanding of the issues concerning the Total Force and National Security. The candidate must hold a federal commission in a uniformed component. The position has an excellent compensation and benefits package with a multi-year contract. ROA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. An Executive Director Search Committee has been formed to assist in this process.
For further information on application procedures, please contact the Chairman of the Search Committee at roaEDsearch@gmail.com.
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Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Awards and Citations Handbook
ROA has updated its Awards and Citation Handbook.
ROA Awards and Citations Handbook
In the CIOR announcement in last week's ROA Weekly e-Newsletter (July 15, 2009 issue), the link was inadvertently forwarded to the CIOR Web site, rather than the ROA's CIOR Web page. We apologize for the confusion.
Please visit ROA's CIOR Web page
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Ms. Patricia Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel and Facilities in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, was inducted by ROA's immediate past president Col. D. Ladd Pattillo, USAR (Ret.), into ROA's Minuteman Hall of Fame July 11 for her civil service career dedicated to the Reserve Components.
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July 25, 1866 - The U.S. Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army. Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant became the first to be promoted to this rank, however wore 4 stars.
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