Sept. 16, 2009
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
Your Help is Urgently Needed for Early Retirement Amendment!
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is going into Conference. To increase visibility on the issue of fixing early retirement, contact your Senators to co-sponsor S.831 which is a bill introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), to change the current law which only credits mobilizations in support of a contingency operation that commenced on or after Jan. 28, 2008. The new language would change the U.S. Code to include service starting on Sept. 11, 2001. The bill currently has 19 co-sponsors, which calls for the need for increased support in the Senate.
Find out how you can help
SAC Finishes Markup on Defense Appropriations Bill
On Sept. 10, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released its marks on the the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. The National Guard & Reserve Equipment Account is marked for a significant increase if the bill survives the conference with the House. The marked breakout is as follows:
- Army Reserve $135 million
- Navy Reserve and Air Force Reserve $70 million each
- Marine Corps Reserve $50 million
- Army National Guard $1 billion
- Air National Guard $175 million
See the Press Release on Senate Appropriations Committee Web site
DEF Hosts Live Webcast on Afghan Police Reform
The Defense Education Forum (DEF) will host a live Afghan Police Reform webcast in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) from ROA’s Minuteman Memorial Building, Thursday, Sept. 17, from 2-3:30 p.m.
To register for the live webcast, click here
North Dakota National Security Symposium
On Sept. 24 and 25, DEF will again team up with the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) in presenting a series of panel discussion aimed at maintaining a national dialogue on the science of climate change, the impacts of prospective energy reform, and the effects of nuclear non-proliferation across multiple venues, as the Congress prepares to act on new legislation.
Visit the DEF Program Web page
For times and locations, please contact Keith Weller
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VA Warns of Telephone Scam
Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are warning people not to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to be updating VA prescription information.
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The article in THE OFFICER September issue, "Necessary Change Is Not Necessarily Bad" was written by MG David R. Bockel, USA (Ret.). ROA regrets the error.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Active and reserve chief petty officers (CPO) select clear invasive vegetation from a desert botanical garden in Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif., during CPO Pride Day 2009 Sept. 2. The event celebrated 116 years of the Chiefs' Mess (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brian Brannon)
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"Civil Affairs in Irregular Warfare: One Profession, One Victory"
Oct. 30-31, 2009
George Mason University’s Arlington, Va., Campus
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National Conventions &
Reserve Component Expo
Feb. 7-10, 2010
Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2011
National Council Meeting
June 25-27, 2010
Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nev.
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Sept. 18, 1947 - Air Force is established as a separate service. Based on achievements in air superiority, the Air Force became the "first line of defense" in a post-war world.
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