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If Government Shuts Down, most Reserve Drills Cancelled

Posted By Reserve Officers Association, Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016

Only “excepted" military operations will be allowed to continue to drill

By Jenny Swigoda

ROA, Content Manager

With the threat of a possible government shutdown looming, a senior defense official outlined consequences for members of the Reserve and Guard in a conference call on Friday, Sept. 27. Only those units in an inactive duty for training status who are on the ramp for activation for “excepted” military operations (i.e. Afghanistan) will be allowed to continue to drill.

“We are reflecting the law and the interpretation of it, this is not based on policy,” said the senior defense official.

The official stated that retirees will continue to receive pay as those funds are appropriated through a trust fund. Delays in pay may occur if the shutdown goes beyond a couple of days.

Additionally, state commissaries will close and military health care centers will be restricted to life-threatening situations.

On the call, ROA’s Executive Director, Major General Andrew B. Davis, USMC (Ret.) expressed concern for the government shutdown and the possible affects it could have on the Reserve Component.

“As an association chartered to advocate for a strong national defense and a strong Reserve force, ROA urges Congress to avert a government shutdown. Specifically, curtailment of Reserve training from drill to annual training will severely degrade our nation’s defense readiness in a world that is still very dangerous. Reserve readiness is perishable. We will continue to monitor closely the continued delivery of retirement and health insurance benefits that has been assured by Defense officials,” said Maj Gen Davis.

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In Support of H.R.3241, Pay Our Guardsmen and Civilian Defense Personnel Act

Posted By Reserve Officers Association, Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016

After the unsuccessful push of H.Res.370, ROA lends support of legislation that would amend the Pay our Military Act (H.R.3210)

By Jenny Swigoda
ROA Content Manager

Earlier in the week, the Senate voted down H.Res.370, a joint resolution that included funding for Reserve inactive duty training and other groups affected by the government shutdown.

Today, Rep. Austin Scott, R-GA, introduced H.R.3241, the Pay Our Guardsmen and Civilian Defense Personnel Act. This bill would amend the Pay Our Military Act to include: funding for inactive Reservists, removes Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s determination as to what civilians he deems are “providing support to members of the Armed Forces,” thereby clarifying that we intended to fund all defense civilians, and covers dual status military technicians.

ROA offered a letter in support of Rep. Scott’s proposed legislation and continues to work with Congressional offices on both sides of the aisle, advocating for immediate passage of a provision to continue inactive duty drills and maintain compensation for all Reservists regardless of duty status. 

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H.R.3274 Amends Pay Our Military Act to Continue Appropriations to Fallen Heroes and Their Families

Posted By Reserve Officers Association, Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016

Fallen Heroes and Families Assistance Act will ensure appropriations through a government shutdown

By Jenny Swigoda

ROA Content Manager

After an egregious oversight and widespread outrage from service members, their families and the public at large, lawmakers on the Hill want to ensure appropriations are made available to the families of fallen Soldiers during the shutdown.

Rep. Ron Barber, D-AZ, yesterday introduced legislation that would authorize death gratuity and other survivor compensation now and in the event of another lapse in FY14. The bill, H.R.3274, entitled the “Fallen Heroes and Families Assistance Act,” amends the Pay Our Military Act by redesignating “emergency appropriation of funds to provide death gratuity and other compensation on behalf of deceased members of the armed forces and certain other persons during government shutdown.”

Today, ROA sent a letter of support for the proposed legislation to House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In the letter, ROA Executive Director Major General Andrew B. Davis, USMC (Ret.), said, “H.R.3274 would remedy the horrific situation that the families and military members face. Passage would allow the families to grieve and bury their loved one without financial stress, and deployed members of the uniformed services wouldn’t be distracted from the mission by worries about unsupported families.”

A staff member for Speaker Boehner expressed that the bill would be voted upon tomorrow and is expected to pass. 

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Chaplain Of The Year Award Presented To Lt. Cmdr. Frank Riley

Posted By Reserve Officers Association, Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mike James

The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) awarded the Chaplain of the Year at the ROA National Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., Aug. 8.

Lt. Cmdr. E. Frank Riley was selected from seven nominees from both the active and Reserve components for contribution to the welfare, morale, and effectiveness of the military reserve services.

"I am stunned and humbled and I feel like I'm being given one of the largest honors of my life," said Riley. "I am just very grateful to the people that allowed me to be a chaplain and care for them."

Riley served as chaplain to Navy Central Command Afghanistan Mobile Support Team from August 2012 to May 2013, helping him stand out as top candidate. Riley was tasked with the mission to care for more than 2,500 Individually Augmented Sailors across Afghanistan, traveling more than 30,000 miles around the country. 

"I love being able to work with American service members," said Riley. "The difference they're making for the country and their willingness to stand in harm's way. There's something amazing, for example standing on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and looking around at all those young people who have made that pledge to give their life for their country, I mean where else can you witness something like that?"

Riley traveled extensively during his deployment to Afghanistan.

"We traveled from the largest bases to the smallest [Forwarding Operating Bases]," said Riley. "I was joking around one day when we visited a Special Operations compound that only God, Special Forces and Taliban knew where we were; and even then it was doubtful that all of them knew."

"It was such an amazing experience, constantly just these divine appointments, being at the right place at the right time, and being able to make difference in people's lives," said Riley.

Riley is currently assigned to Navy Operational Support Center, Los Angeles and has volunteered to mobilize this fall to serve as the chaplain for Navy Mobilization Processing Site San Diego. 

"From junior enlisted to senior officers, we're all human and we all need care, and that's one of the beautiful things about being a chaplain, what a privilege," said Riley.

This article originally appeared on Navy.mil via the Defense Media Activity

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