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US Army Reserve Sgt. First Class Lori Dameron awarded ROA Bonner Scholarship for medical excellence

Posted By ROA Staff, Tuesday, September 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, Sept. 8, 2020 -- U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. First Class Lori A. Dameron, of Fulton, Missouri, has been awarded a scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year from the Reserve Organization of America’s Eileen M. Bonner Scholarship for Medical Excellence Program. Dameron who is serving the Army Reserve’s 480th Medical Detachment in Columbia, Missouri, will receive a $1,000 award for studies at Chamberlain University in Illinois, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“It is a privilege to support the education of a fine scholar and citizen-warrior in the healthcare profession with the selection of Sgt. First Class Lori A. Dameron for an Eileen Bonner scholarship for medical excellence,” said ROA’s national president, Col. Judith Davenport, U.S. Army (Ret.). “Colonel Bonner was a path maker at ROA as our first female national president and served her country as a leader in military medicine. Sergeant First Class Dameron has, with her performance and service, earned this award in Colonel Bonner’s name.”

ROA Eileen M. Bonner scholarships for medical excellence are awarded to selected applicants who are serving in the health care fields of the reserve components of the U.S. uniformed services. Awardees must be pursuing a program of study that will enhance their civilian and/or their military occupation in those fields.

“The need to support the growth of the healthcare workforce is evident now more than ever in the midst of this pandemic. ROA is pleased to award this year’s Eileen M. Bonner Scholarship to Sgt. First Class Lori A. Dameron, U.S. Army Reserve,” said retired U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Peggy Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, who chairs the association’s Health Services Committee.

Col. Eileen M. Bonner, a native of Brooklyn, NY, served in the U.S. Army Reserve, ultimately becoming chief nurse of the 8th Medical Brigade, the largest Army Reserve medical command in the world, with 17 hospitals and 23 other units. A lifetime member of ROA, she was elected to be the association’s first female national president, serving in this position from 1984-1985. Colonel Bonner died in 2012.


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Chaplain's Corner: Assurance in the Middle of my Anxieties

Posted By CH (COL) Sherman R. Reed, USA, (ret) , Wednesday, August 19, 2020


A Spiritual Fitness Message from the ROA National Chaplain

Psalm 91:1-4



Well, this has proven to be one of the most unusual summers I have ever experienced.  I am discovering that I am not alone nor is this “unusualness” surrounding only my neighborhood.  It is not limited to just one small portion of my world but the entire globe has been invaded. 

It is likened to a thief or enemy of the night. What has impacted and invaded the globe is an unseen enemy visible only to those with the most accurate of microscopes and laboratory equipment.

This “enemy of occupation” has become a challenge to both the medical communities and leaders of the entire world.  Not only is this invasion unseen but the “rules of engagement” keep changing.

Nearly every thirty days I am told to change my approach to being safe and secure.  In fact, many times I feel my security is fleeting and only temporary until the next major rule is announced. 

When I place this invasion by “This Alien Virus From Outer Space” alongside numerous other threats and occurrences, I am realizing the need around me is so great, I cannot rest well until I rest in and with God.  

The words of Psalm 91 ring in my ears and to my soul as the sound of a trumpet of victory.  They are so relevant I can return to them again and again.  They are as promises from the Living God sounding directly in my face and springing life into my soul. 

When I place, in that same caldron, the moving values and relative truths and the surrounding world making every attempt possible to “press me into its mold,” I can find solace only in and with God Almighty. 

If I attempt to survive only by my own efforts, I could grow weary and beaten down—yes even defeated.  Now, this is where the tide of this “unusual time” changes.  Not only do the words found in the above verses come to life, but God becomes more real as I look to Him with His promises ringing in my soul and crying out from my lips. 

Society will offer hundreds of crutches for me to lean on but they do not compare to the Divine Words of the Old and New Testaments. 

I am reminded of a very serious conversation I had with an experienced combat soldier facing a major battle.  The subject of prayer surfaced as it often does in crises. 

His comment was, “Chaplain, I have only prayed in emergencies” to which I replied, “but Sarge, would you consider what we are facing now an extreme emergency?” 

He responded positively and we not only prayed together but had a more in-depth conversation.  He never lived through that confrontation but as I met his family and presented the message at his Memorial Service, while I shared keenly in this loss, I had confidence in God from our three-way conversation and prayer those preceding days.

The God of Psalm 91 is the same God today.  He reminds us of our need and His ever-seeing eye and overwhelming power to step into where we live and breathe. Both the Testaments proclaim His desire for His disciples to live trusting Him in striking contrasts to the pressures of this world and the surrounding culture. 

We place our security first in Him, then share His promises to us with those around us.  I can have confidence that He accepts my dread and becomes my security.  He is the same God who inspired the writer of this Psalm, for in His own words, He does not change through time.  He is the ever present “I Am.”   

Can we still see the footprints of God on our journey in this unusual time of Century 21?

"Dear God, I pray for all of us in ROA, in this needy world of ours today. I am not asking for You to change circumstances but I am asking that You make us (especially me) worthy men and women in the profession of arms for this generation in which we live.  Help us to be Your shining light in a world of darkness, anxiety and misery.  I pray Your leadership, strength and protection, both physical and spiritual, be granted to all for You are our ‘refuge and fortress and in You we place our trust.’  Amen."

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2020-2021 School Year: Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Recipients Announced

Posted By ROA Staff, Wednesday, August 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, August 10, 2020 / -- Today the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, now doing business as the Reserve Organization of America, announced this year’s 20 Henry J. Reilly Scholarship recipients, who will each receive $2,500 toward their studies.

“Supporting the educational goals of these outstanding scholars selected for this year’s Henry J. Reilly Scholarships brings ROA pride and appreciation,” said ROA’s national president, Col. Judith Davenport, U.S. Army (Ret.). “We wish them great success as they go forward into a future of potential secured by those who serve our nation in uniform.”

Scholarship recipients will attend institutions of higher learning including College of Wooster, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, Liberty University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Northeastern University, Oakland Community College, Pittsburg State University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of Florida, University of Louisville, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Xavier University.

“It is an honor to be a recipient of the Henry J. Reilly Scholarship and humbling to be selected alongside so many other talented students. I am excited to begin my journey with the Air Force and thankful to the ROA for providing me this opportunity to continue my studies into graduate school. This is a reminder that hard work and dedication pay off in the long run and that relentlessly pursuing your life's goals will bring you closer than you realize,” said Oscar Klempay, studying aerospace aeronautical at Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus.

Recipients of the academic year 2020-2021 Henry J. Reilly Scholarships are (not all recipients released their names for publication):

  • Riley Beausoleil of Elizabethtown, Kentucky;
  • Cutter Clayton of Delgado, Spring Lake, North Carolina;
  • Reagan Cloutier of Escondido, California;
  • Jacquelyne Friebis of Alexandria, Virginia;
  • Grady Fort of Lusby, Maryland;
  • Katherine Gora Combs of Cary, North Carolina;
  • Mitchell Harris of  Collinsville, Illinois;
  • Embry Imorde of Louisville, Kentucky;
  • Caleb Keilen of West Bloomfield, Michigan;
  • Oscar Klempay of New Hartford, New York;
  • Elaine Kramer of Goodson, Missouri;
  • Andrew Lagrotta of Ormond Beach, Florida;
  • Amanda Langston of Navarre, Florida;
  • Dylan Miller of Raymond, Maine;
  • William Nolan of Gambrills, Maryland;
  • Marshall Scantlin of Honolulu, Hawaii;
  • Garren Snow of Salem, Virginia;
  • Emily Weaver of Mount Morris, New York.

“I am so grateful for the Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program’s unwavering support of higher education and my selection to receive this prestigious award. As a graduate student in public health, I value the field’s celebration of service as the foundation of progress and its emphasis on eliminating health disparities. Thank you for supporting my goal to work with communities both locally and globally to improve health for all,” said Katherine Gora Combs, studying public health-health behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

ROA congratulates these exemplary scholars and wishes them success in their studies and the pursuit of their dreams.

Henry J. Reilly Scholarships are awarded for vocational, undergraduate, and graduate studies on a competitive basis of academics, leadership and service, and potential for contribution to society.

They are funded within ROA’s STARs Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. STARs supports the work of the ROA to enhance the security of the nation by sustaining a strong Reserve force and supporting citizen-warriors and their families who serve our country so faithfully.

Scholarship applicants must be members of ROA or direct family members. Brig. Gen. Henry J. Reilly was ROA’s first president; an artillery officer, he commanded an infantry brigade in the 42nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division in World War I. He helped Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing found the Reserve Officers Association of the United States in 1922, to support a strong national defense in response to precipitous post-war reductions in the military.

After military service, General Reilly was a journalist, historian, and lifelong proponent of education. ROA, whose membership is open to all ranks, received its congressional charter in 1950 and is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on support of the nation’s uniformed reserve components: the National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve; and the reserve components of the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Henry J. Reilly Memorial Library and Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable organization (EIN 52-6056998) funded by donations, which can be mailed to ROA Headquarters at 1 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002, or made online at Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.For information about ROA, please go to

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The pandemic has propelled military medicine into another dimension

Posted By Retired Maj. Gen. Peggy Wilmoth, U.S. Army Reserve, Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Op-Ed originally published by The Hill on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  Retired Maj. Gen. Peggy Wilmoth, U.S. Army Reserve, is chair of ROA’s National Health Services Committee.


When the nation calls, the military answers. So it is with COVID-19. In this case the military responded by sending two Navy hospital ships, medical supplies, equipment, field hospitals, and scores of medical personnel to assist numerous communities in the fight against this invisible enemy.

While our military has appropriately supported pandemic demands, the complexities of a pandemic such as COVID-19 highlight the need to review our military medical force structure and rebalance it to adequately meet needs in a rapidly and constantly changing health security environment.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 160,000, more than twice the total killed in action from the Vietnam War and far above the losses from Iraq and Afghanistan. By June this year, the unemployment rate was 11 percent, from a high of 14.7 percent in April, including cutbacks across the defense industries supporting the fighting force.

The Brookings Institution adds: “How will we keep our military combat-ready, and thus fully capable of deterrence globally, until a vaccine is available to our troops?” 

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ROA urges President to support Defense bill, including military base renaming

Posted By ROA Staff, Friday, July 31, 2020

The Reserve Organization of America on Wednesday wrote President Donald J. Trump in support of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act, including its provision that would rename military properties, such as bases named for Confederate officers.

ROA also wrote Congress, backing a broad and inclusive commission of stakeholders for the challenging task of renaming. ROA regards obstacles to military recruitment and retention as obstacles to readiness. Our servicemembers stand guard on the ramparts for our nation's security; they deserve an environment that supports their service and reflects our great nation's diversity.

Letter to the President

Letter to Congress



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Maj. Gen. Evan "Curly" Hultman Celebrates 95 Years

Posted By ROA Staff, Friday, July 17, 2020

Happy Birthday to Maj. Gen. Evan "Curly" Hultman - on Zoom - at the young age of 95 Years!! ROA joined him on the web this week to wish him well and celebrate the significant milestone.

Curly was born July 15, 1925, and served as Attorney General of Iowa from 1961 to 1965, as a Republican. He is a retired major general in the United States Army Reserve. He attended the University of Iowa, earning a B.A. in 1949, and J.D. in 1952.


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ROTC Cadet gratefully acknowledges GW/063’s $1,000 Scholarship

Posted By Capt. Jerry E. Kromrey, USAFR (Ret.), Friday, July 17, 2020

Army ROTC Cadet, Kawen Huang, received the 2020 Lt. Col. Frank Holt Memorial Army ROTC Scholarship award. Huang is part of the Santa Clara University Bronco Battalion, and was so appreciative of being the recipient, she penned a note to the sons and daughters of the late Lt. Col. Frank Holt, U.S. Army (Ret.), who the award was named after.

“I want to say thank you for being generous and kind to provide a scholarship to ROTC cadets," said Huang.  "Some full-time students like me need to work part time [in addition to] ROTC training. The scholarship takes the burden off the cadets’ shoulders.”

Lt. Col. James Holt, U.S. Army (Ret.), AC-1 Stanley M. Holt, U.S. Navy Reserve (Ret.), and Cassandra Holt Ravenscroft, received the note thanking them for the award, which included a $1,000 check and certificate. Huang said she will use the money to help pay for textbooks and other academic expenses. 

By working fewer part-time hours, she will be able to focus more effectively on her academic studies and ROTC training. Huang’s scholarship is the seventeenth consecutive award that was started in 2004, the year after Holt died. 

The scholarship is in honor of the role Holt played in preserving ROTC on California campuses when the program was threatened with extinction, and is funded by both the Holt family, and Santa Clara County Unified Chapter GW/063.

“At the moment I was notified as an awardee, I was flattered and honored to be the awardee of the Frank Holt Memorial Scholarship," said Huang. "I want to say thank you again. This honor will stay in my heart forever.”

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NY Army National Guard Soldier crams a career into one year

Posted By By Spc. Marla Ogden, New York National Guard, Wednesday, July 15, 2020

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. – Within less than a year, Spc. Olivia Mannetti became a Soldier, helped New York State in the fight against COVID-19, and will now be deploying to the Middle East.

Mannetti, 22, and a Schenectady resident, is a combat medic in the New York Army National Guard’s 466th Medical Company, Area Support. The company is to mobilize and deploy at the end of July.As a child, Mannetti was raised in a military household. Her father was a Marine and her mother’s side of the family was Navy. She decided she, too, wanted to serve.

“Ever since I was little and saw my dad in uniform, I knew I wanted to be in the military,” she said.After graduating from college in Colorado, Mannetti joined the Army National Guard.

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ROA Family Support Group Honors Early College High School - Carrollton-Farmers Branch - Texas

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, June 24, 2020

(From left to right) Timothy A. Isaly, Principal Early College High School; Major Norma Cabanas, ROA Chapter President-Dallas/Ft. Worth; Jessica Cabanas, Graduating Senior Class of 2020; Carolyn Glover Hockley, ROA Family Support Group; Col. Ralph Hockley, ROA Dept of Texas Membership Chairman.


 ROA, doing business as the Reserve Organization of America, proudly presented the first in the nation “ROA-Family Support Group Award” plaque to the Texas Early College High School of Carrollton-Farmers-Branch School on May 22, 2020.  Individual certificates were awarded to school staff: Timothy A. Isaly – Principal; Nikita D. Fisher – Counselor; Maria C. Ramos - Admin Records; Jaime Wegscheider – English and Journalism Teacher; Susan Freid – Mathematics Teacher; and Nabil M. Khawla – Science Teacher. 

The ROA awards were presented by Carolyn Glover Hockley, Col. Ralph M Hockley and Maj. Norma Cabanas of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter, Dept of Texas.  ROA headquartered in Washington, D.C. welcomed the new ROA Family Support Group and its mission to assist and help sustain the Reserves, the National Guard, and their families in the Fall of 2019.

This new ROA award was established to recognize the Silent Angels who seek no recognition but who go above and beyond the requirements in support of the Uniformed Service members of the Reserve and National Guard.  These include the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

After three overseas deployments from September 2015 to July 2019, and now most recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic response mission out of Grande Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex, Cabanas of Carrollton stated that, “The Early College High School’s Principal, Faculty and Staff went above and beyond to ensure and help steady her daughter - Jessica’s daily challenges."  Deployments are not only hard on the military member(s), but also on their families.  Schools play an integral part in keeping the military child steady, focused, and supported.  

During one of those deployments, Mr. Meason Kolkhorst from Long Middle School was the first angel who assisted Jessica in completing her high school enrollment to Early College High School. During the few phone calls while deployed, Jessica shared many stories of other teachers who helped: Shawne Poplar; Richard Lewis; Jahee Kong; Swanson; Judith Tepper; and Patrick Pulliam.  Each assisted her in getting through some rough times. It was the school staff that helped fill the mommy shoes.

Cabanas stated, “Whether school staff realized it or not, their direct and indirect support made a difference to the whole family.” At the time of the first deployment in 2015, Jessica was only 14 and attending middle school. With mom and sister Jennifer, both in the Army, with Dad and Jessica at home in Carrollton, and her closest relatives 1,300 miles away, life was difficult for this teenager.  

Simple tasks were not an option for Jessica - she had to help with meals and cleaning, be responsible for going to bed and getting up for school and doing her homework.  Cabanas said that she is 100 percent sure it was the motivation and inspiration of the school that kept Jessica focused. Graduating in May, Jessica Cabanas plans to continue her college education at University of Texas in Dallas.   

Principals, teachers, and counselors make a big difference in a student’s success or failure - and life.  

Each of the recognized school staff went above and beyond to support the family of one citizen warrior – a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve. ROA’s Family Support Group recognizes the giant steps attained by the 2020 graduates at the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD - Early College High School; we congratulate each one.  This year, in particular, is a special time for all graduates. 

For more information on ROA’s Family Support program contact Anne Groskreutz, at

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Chaplain's Corner: Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

Posted By ROA Staff, Friday, April 10, 2020
Updated: Sunday, July 12, 2020

A Spiritual Fitness message from the ROA National Chaplain

Exodus 12 / Gospel of John 20

We are in the season of the calendar year when two very important worship events are highlighted -- The Passover and Easter. These epoch times are important to those of the Jewish and Christian Faiths. From their miraculous happenings they have been major points of testimony, recognition and historical anchors.  They are not only important to persons of faith but in the world as a whole. 


Both of these historical acts in 2020 will be remembered much differently than at any time since world WWI because of two world shaking events. Passover and Easter will be celebrated and worship will occur but in extremely small groups—perhaps with family or electronic video.  Market places will be empty.  There will be little or no traffic in the streets.  Smiles will be hidden by facial masks. 


Social distancing will mean no hugs, shaking hands, or other habitual forms of greetings. One is a very disrupted economic circumstance which has shifted from a three-year thriving recovery to a sudden crunch. Second is an outbreak of a disease of pandemic proportion.  Both are connected and both are wreaking havoc and lots of “unknowns” into our lives. Both are not new for there have been periods of economic disappointments and there have been diseases of pandemic proportions before 2020.  Both can bring extra baggage of blaming, accusations and criticism of responses but the world has been here before. 


The great difference today is that we have so much more technology, medicine, ready-made information, instant communication and excellent collaboration and terrific opportunities which can be applied. It is a time when we apply our faith in God and His intervention into our lives.  It is a time when we recognize that we live in an unshakable kingdom and an unchanging God. 


The God of the days of the Passover and the God of Easter has not changed. History is on our side and these battles have been fought before. God hears the cries of His people.  He opens our eyes to see when we ask of Him. He delivers His people and He stills storms. He uses us when we allow Him to do so. He brings comfort and hope in the middle of turmoil. 


My mother told me the story of my great grandfather as she showed me a picture of her mother’s family. It was one of those black and white well-worn photos taken in the front yard of their home with the mother and father seated and the children (six of them) surrounding “mom and dad.”  She said that her grandfather wanted to serve in the War but became ill and could not.  Then she said this, "while his desire was to serve our country in time of war, he fought the flu and we had nothing with which to fight this invisible disease." 


Doctors and medicine did everything possible but he died of the flu epidemic the day the War ended.   Wow!   She shared with me how tough it was - but - she said the families “hung together,” shared responsibility and their values and character never faltered.  It was really difficult for them but both wars came to an end.  There were numerous causalities from both but with broken hearts and unwavering faith they all charged on.


Today, this is happening again but God has not changed, His Kingdom is unshakable, microscopes are better, hospitals are numerous, medical teams are better educated and qualified than ever before, communication is nearly instantaneous, testing is as never before.  We are witnessing the amazing cooperation of benevolent governments and the genius deliverance of free-enterprise. 


It is not just America in this conflict but the entire world needs YOU-your prayers, your optimism, your gifts and graces, your talents, your energy, your “Call to Duty”-and bring with you your “go bag” with courage, faith, teamwork.  While we do face grief, as every generation does, we do not need to be defeated just because something is unseen.   

I have also learned that grief is a love word. We are able to grieve because we are able to love. It may frighten us but long ago I learned that courage is not without fear.  It is doing the right thing in spite of my fears.   


I bow in awe before the Living God, thankful for so many whom have gone before us to include our first responders, law enforcement persons, medical professionals, neighbors, friends, our fire fighters plus our men and women in uniformed services, truck drivers, farmers, infra-structure specialists and the list of Americans stepping forward to do and be all they can be goes on and on.  May God bless America and may we be worthy of His favor.

Until next time.                                                             


Retired Chaplain (Col.) Sherman R. Reed 

 Army Reserve Ambassador, Emeritus, ROA National Chaplain

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