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Two-Year Defense Spending Smooths the Way to a Ready Military

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, March 5, 2018

ROA's latest op-ed was published by The Hill on the importance of biennial defense funding. ROA is the only military group in Washington to have a monthly column in Washington media. This is our third column published since the new year in The Hill: “The budget deal signed Feb. 9 by President Trump funds the federal government for two years and postpones further damage to military readiness, especially that suffered by our hometown members of the Reserve and National Guard, by exactly that length of time. …”

CLICK HERE for the full story.

 

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TRICARE Choices for National Guard and Reserve Members

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, March 1, 2018

A webinar is available on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST for National Guard and Reserve members who experience various stages of activation throughout their military careers. This webinar will discuss those stages and its impact on health care eligibility, as well as medical, dental and pharmacy options TRICARE offers to them and their family members. 

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/202239059845410562.

Dial-in info: Main Number (631) 992-3221 | Access Code: 636-845-568

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President’s Budget FY2019 – Reductions and Eliminations

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The President’s Budget included a document titled: An American Budget of the US Government Office of Management and Budget: OMB.GOV Fiscal Year 2019 Major Savings and Reforms.  An extract of the document recommendations that outline reductions or elimination of government programs is provided for those items that would most likely affect National Guard and Reserve members. READ MORE

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Parading the American Character

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, February 8, 2018

Read ROA’s opinion piece on the much-discussed military parade, just published by The Hill: “The talk of Washington has turned from government shutdowns, now temporarily averted, to the prospect of a “grand military parade” championed by President Trump. …” READ THE FULL STORY

 

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Use This Tool to Find Exactly Where You Can Use Your GI Bill to Study a Discipline of Your Choice

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, February 1, 2018

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, had a problem: he still has some Montgomery GI Bill money and wants to use it on culinary training so he can open a food truck offering classic French cuisine (OK, maybe not a food truck, maybe just cook more delicious meals for friends).

 

But how does Jeff find institutions that provide GI Bill friendly (in this case culinary) education of any type anywhere they’re offered? With such a cool capability, he could shop around for a specific discipline by location, type of culinary degree or certificate, program duration, cost, etc.

 

The answer is on this website: www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool. Go to the homepage bottom and download the Excel file at "Download Data on All Schools (Excel)"; this file has a huge amount of info. Once it’s open, click on the spreadsheet tab named Comparison_Tool_Data_Full. Then click on the Excel toolbar upper left, “Home.” Then click on “Find & Select” at far right, in the Excel toolbar “Editing” section.

 

You will now have a scroll-down menu; click “Find.” You will now have a “Find and Replace” window – just enter a key word and hit Find Next.” Jeff entered the word, Culinary. With each click of “Find Next” a culinary program was selected, from OJT to degree programs.

 

As any French chef would say, “Magnifique!”

 

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Scholarship Program Opens for 2018-2019 Academic Year

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, January 29, 2018

The Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the 2018-19 Academic Year is now open. Applications are due by April 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone.

 

In its second year within ROA’s program of revitalizing, for academic year 2018-2019, ROA will award up to twenty $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees.

 

The applicant portal link is https://aim.applyISTS.net/ROA/

 

“We are excited to offer up to twice as many Henry J. Reilly scholarships this year as last,” said ROA’s President, retired USAF Lt. Col. Donald Stockton. “General Reilly prized education and one of ROA’s priorities is helping members with professional development and self-improvement. This program is of great benefit to ROA members and their families.”

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ROA Speaks About the Government Shutdown

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, January 29, 2018

Read ROA’s opinion piece on the government shutdown.  The article was sent to every Congressional office.  ROA has proposed a legislative solution to keep RC servicemembers from being sent home when a budget does not pass. Read the full story

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ROA Past National President Dies at 79

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, January 8, 2018

Brig Gen Samuel P. Mitchell, Jr. USAF (Ret), 79, a Northland resident of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Samuel was born August 10, 1938 to Samuel P. and Blanche (Pettigrew) Mitchell, Sr. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  He is survived by his loving wife, June Mitchell; two children: Samuel Mitchell III (Tonya); and Leland Mitchell (Michelle).

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North 291 Highway, Liberty, Missouri 64068.  The Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the church.  A Committal service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Kansas.

 

General Mitchell became a life member of ROA in 1970 and since that time provided outstanding leadership for our members at all levels of the organization. He was a Past National President and a Past Chairman of the National Membership Committee.  During his term as National President in 1989, he had a lead role in renovating the Minuteman Memorial Building. In recognition of his membership committee leadership the Samuel Mitchell Membership Award was created. His service also includes various terms on the following National committees: ROTC, National Meetings, ad hoc Website Editorial Board and ad hoc 75th Anniversary.  He was a charter member of the ROA Stars Foundation Pershing Society, joining at the Minuteman $1000 annual giving level of participation. In 2016 ROA presented him with the Harry S Truman Award recognizing his dedicated service. Until his death, the General served ROA in a leadership role as a member of the National Board of Trustees and as a member of the National Resource Development Committee.

 

He served the Department of Missouri as President and was currently Chairman and Trustee of the Charitable Contingency Trust Fund. Paralleling his National level activity, he Chaired the Missouri Membership committee for the past three decades. 

 

General Mitchell also voluntarily served his community as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer since 1972.  In this role he sponsored and mentored 139 Air Force Cadets into the academy or ROTC programs.  Once they were in the program he continued his mentorship throughout their military careers. In his civilian career he was a commercial airline pilot with Transworld Airline.

 

Notably, General Mitchell was an American Patriot who was extremely generous and unselfishly gave his leadership skills and significant financial contributions to all the organizations he supported.  His leadership, mentorship and friendship will be sorely missed by everyone who followed him.

 

Read his Air Force biography.

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Reserve Component Continuation Rates Announced

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Air Force recently announced the Continuation Pay rates under the new Blended Retirement System which “… is a way to encourage Airmen covered by BRS to remain in the Air Force since it will be possible to leave with some retirement benefit prior to 20 years of service.”  The Reserve Component rate is lower then the active duty rate because the National Guard and Reserve have a higher reenlistment rate. READ MORE

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Congress Faces Long List of Issues

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

When the House returns to Congress on 8 January 2018 to begin the 115th Congress, Second Session, they face a long list of issues that were not resolved in the 1st Session, beginning with trying to pass a budget.  READ MORE

 

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