Dec. 16, 2009
Minuteman of the Year Announced
ROA will honor Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) with its Minuteman of the
Year Award for her contributions to national security and special
efforts on behalf of America's National Guard and Reserve members at
the National Convention Feb. 9, 2010.
Read ROA's MMY press release
Sen. Blanche Lincoln biography
It's Time to Postmark Year End Gifts!
in the final rush of the holidays a charitable gift doesn’t get mailed
until after the first of the year. It will not qualify as a 2009
charitable deduction unless it is postmarked by Dec. 31; if it is, your
gift will qualify as a 2009 gift even if it is not received by us until
the first week of 2010. ROA extends our most sincere thanks for your
generosity throughout the year.
Consider an ROA Gift This Holiday Season
Make an Honor Donation
Give the gift of ROA membership
Shop ROA for holiday savings
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY:
Omnibus Spending Bill Passes
Both the House and the Senate took action on a mini-omnibus last week. Now, with five of 12 annual spending bills already complete, action is necessary on the unfinished Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 3326). The current plan is to use it as a vehicle to carry other measures. One of these measures could be the anticipated increase in the debt ceiling, a controversial decision that has raised strong opposition in Congress.
Read Washington Post article
Read the bill (HR 3326)
Skelton Appoints Members to Independent Panel to Assess the Quadrennial Defense Review
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) announced the appointment of Maj. Gen. Robert Scales (USA, Ret.) and Dr. Richard Kohn to the Department of Defense’s independent panel to assess the 2009 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).
House Armed Services Committee
Deputy Secretary of Defense Responds to TMC Letter
DoD responded to concerns regarding TRICARE Standard copays, expressing
interest in a continuing dialogue about how to address "the overall
increases in the cost of health care while keeping beneficiary
Read the full text of DepSecDef's letter
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
Recent ROA Blog Entries
Has the QDR process approved a new bomber?
Eligibility Criteria for Reemployment
Determining Our Nuclear Course
ROA's "Intersect" Weekly News Clips
Current "Intersect" Edition
Legal Seminar Prices Reduced
The 2010 ROA Convention's Legal Seminar, "Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act," has reduced prices for admission. Check out the new prices online.
Read more about the legal seminar
2010 RCJOPDS Schedule Posted
The current 2010 Reserve Component Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar (RCJOPDS) schedule is now posted.
Read RCJOPDS tentative schedule (pdf)
ROA Convention Speakers Posted
The current 2010 Convention Speakers schedule is now posted.
Convention Speakers (pdf)
SERVICEMEMBERS' LAW CENTER:
New Law Reviews
No. 0964 Held a Position of Employment
No. 0965 What is Service in the Uniformed Services?
No. 0966 Relationship between the Uniformed Service and the Absence from the Position of Employment
No. 0967 Prior Notice to Civilian Employer
No. 0968 The Five Year Limit
No. 0969 Only Really Serious Miscreants Lose Their Reemployment Rights for Misconduct During Service
No. 0970 Timely Application for Reemployment
2010 CIOR/CIOMR Mid-Winter Meeting Registration and Information Posted
No OFFICER Issue to be delivered in December
There will be no Officer mailed this month: instead, there will be a December/January edition delivered the first week of January. Beginning in 2010, The Officer will move to a bimonthly format, supplemented by a quarterly, direct mail newsletter and this e-newsletter). More details to follow.
The Officer Online
CIOR/CIOMR Mid-Winter Meeting registration and location, meeting, guest participation, dinner, hotel, and transporation information is now posted.
2010 CIOR/CIOMR Mid-Winter Meeting Page
Recall Opportunity for Navy Reserve Officers
Navy Reserve Officers with advanced degrees (master's and above) are currently being recruited to teach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Read the full announcement
NORAD to Track Santa's Flight
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is getting ready to track Santa. On Dec. 24, NORAD's website will stream videos, captured by NORAD “Santa Cams,” from numerous cities along Santa’s journey.
NORAD Tracks Santa
Military Families Cope with Change' Initiative
Sesame Street's Sesame Workshop has created a new online space, Sesame Street Family Connections, where "children from military families can express themselves" and "family members can stay closely connected from across the globe."
Check out Sesame Street Family Connections website
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Scholarships and Summer Internships
DHS announced its scholarships and summer internships open to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.
DHS Education Programs
Editor's Note: There will not be a 12/23/09 e-Newsletter
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Army Reserve Soldiers with Company B, 1st Battallion, 214th Aviation Regiment look over CH-47 Chinooks before an aircraft turnover mission at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The unit recently completed its cooperative mission with the Marine Corps Aircraft Group. (Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Joshua Murray)
EVENTS: Full calendar
ROA National Conventions
Feb. 7-10, 2010
Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2011
2010 CIOR/CIOMR Mid-Winter Meeting
Feb. 4-6, 2010
NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium
2010 National Council Meeting
June 25-27, 2010
Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas
Dec. 13, 1636 - On this day, the Massachusetts Bay Colony divided its citizen-soldiers, or militia, into the North, South and East Regiments. After the United States came into existence, the state militias were developed out of this tradition. Happy 373rd Birthday to the National Guard!
Military.com Job Expos
The Military Coalition (TMC)
National Military and Veterans Alliance (NMVA)
Reserve Enlisted Association (REA)
Reserve Officers Association League (ROAL)
Standing Together for America's Reservists (STARs Partners)
CIOR (NATO's Reserve Officers)
CIOMR (NATO's Reserve Medical Officers)
UPORFA (Pan American Reserve Officers
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