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Local ROA Chapter Spearheads Grassroots Initiative with U.S. Congressman

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Last year, U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Mr. Tom Pyke, his Constituent Services Director, heard four briefings about “Medical Claims without Medical Records.” The event was sponsored by the ROA Department of the Golden West Santa Clara County Unified Chapter GW/063. The Department is working with the Congressman’s office on two ROA Resolutions. It is hoped the two ROA Resolutions will soon become the language in Federal Law.

 

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Retiring Guard and Reserve wait at the end of the military's pay line

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

ROA Executive Director Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Jeff Phillips is published in The Hill as an opinion contributor.

 

When an active-duty U.S. Navy officer retired after 20 years, her retirement check arrived as expected, about 30 days after her retirement date.

  

Yet when Lt. Col. Jackie Brich retired, the Air Force reservist heard nothing for more than six months. And she was lucky. One military retiree, commenting on an August 2018 Navy Times story on reservist retirement pay backlogs, responded, “One year and no pay yet.” Another wrote, “I’m at 10 months and holding.”

 

Holding the bag, that is.

 

It’s a bag too often empty because of balky technology and outdated processes that affect members of the Reserve and National Guard — and wouldn’t be tolerated for active-duty troops.

 

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Reserve Chief’s Discuss the Coming Year

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 1, 2019
USAR: Global Strategic Overview.  The Army Reserve is focused on meeting the new National Defense Strategy and explain how they will need to modernize equipment and reorganize under Ready Force X.  A focus on funding and recruiting will be need by ROA and other associations to help the Army Reserve meet their goals.
 
USAFR: When we take care of our Airmen, They take care of the Mission.  Lt. Gen Scobee is focusing on airmen and providing them the resources to meet the National Defense Strategy.  He has established three goals: Prioritize Strategic Depth and Accelerate Readiness, Develop Resilient Leaders and Reform the Organization.

USCGR: 
Changing of the Guard A paradigm shift in Reserve governance Rear Admiral Sibley reviews recent Coast Guard Reserve contributions and what the future holds.  “While we remain ready to respond to planned contingencies, we must always be looking over the horizon to identify the risk posed by the unknown.”

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ROA Meets with the Honorable James Stewart

Posted By Administration, Saturday, March 30, 2019
A roundtable discussion with Mr. Stewart, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness was held on Mar 27, 2019 with Reserve Component (RC) military service organizations.  Mr. Stewart retired from the United States Air Force as a Major General after 37 years of service in the active and reserve components.  He met with ROA, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), the National Guard Association of the United States NGAUS, and the Fleet Reserve Associations (FRA).  READ MORE >

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Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is Open

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is now open. Applications are due by April 17, 2019, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone.  The applicant portal link is https://aim.applyISTS.net/ROA/

In its third year, ROA will award up to twenty $2500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees.

Applicants should use the online scholarship portal, managed for ROA by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc.  ISTS will be the point of contact for applicants throughout the process and they will provide ROA with finalist applications -- a ROA committee will make the final selections.

Jeffrey Phillips, interim co-chair of the ROA STARs Foundation said, “Recognizing that today’s students may be well beyond their twenties, we removed age limits.” Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-June; checks will be made out to their college/university and mailed to the recipients in August.

The program supports scholarships, fellowships, internships, and other programs.  You must either be a regular or associate member or the child/grandchild of a regular or associate member of ROA.

The scholarships are funded by the Henry J. Reilly Memorial Library and Scholarship Fund, itself funded by the ROA’s STARs Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization through which donors both help students and honor Reilly’s love of education.

Brigadier General Reilly was ROA’s first president. A colonel when the U.S. entered World War I, he commanded the 149th Field Artillery Regiment, 42nd (“Rainbow”) Division. His regiment fought with distinction in France. After the war, Reilly became a brigadier general in the Officer Reserve; he was also a well-known authority on military affairs, speaker, author, and correspondent. He helped General of the Armies John “Black Jack” Pershing found the Reserve Officers Association in 1922.

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Tonic for a divisive Congress: Look to the ‘spirit of 96'

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

ROA Executive Director Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Jeff Phillips and Legislation and Military Policy Director Susan Lukas are published in The Hill as opinion contributors.

 

A month into its occupation of Capitol Hill, the 116th Congress already shows signs that its capacity for divisive infighting will rival, if not best, the impressive displays of its predecessor. Everyone, it seems — the headlines, TV talking heads, think tanks, taxi and Uber drivers, bartenders — is fixated on this newest incarnation of divided government.

 

Congress long has used caucuses to mitigate the divisive threat posed by “factions”; for example, it established the Democratic-Republican caucus in April 1796 to oppose a treaty with Great Britain that unfairly treated American sailors. The concept took hold: during the 115th Congress, the House list of registered caucuses ran 107 pages.

 

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Medical Scholarship Available - Eileen M. Bonner Scholarship Award for Medical Excellence

Posted By ROA National Staff, Friday, February 1, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the Eileen M. Bonner Scholarship Award for Medical Excellence. This award recognizes an outstanding Reservist of the Medical Branch of one of the Uniformed Services or National Guard who has contributed above and beyond the call of duty to the military and civilian community and is furthering their medical education.

 

This award consists of a $1,000 scholarship for furtherance of the candidate’s medical education. It will also include reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel expenses to receive the award at the ROA National Convention.

 

Click here to learn more: www.roa.org/scholarships

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The Gift of America’s Magi

Posted By ROA National Staff, Friday, December 28, 2018

ROA Executive Director Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Jeff Phillips and Deputy Legislation Director Susan Lukas are published in The Hill as opinion contributors.

 

As the 115th Congress draws to close, Capitol Hill assumes the tranquility associated with what we in the military call “the cessation of hostilities.”

 

Few constituents troop to the offices of House and Senate members, fewer cars course the roads of power, and the hearings pretty much dry up.  

 

Beneath the epidermal layer of peace (and quiet), staffers and other insiders are anthill busy speculating about which of them will stay, which will go, and where the goers will go.

 

“Did you hear (fill in the blank) went to a lobbying firm?” Or a nonprofit organization. Or another congressional office. Or, so-and-so is talking with the Office of Presidential Personnel about a place in the administration (a conversation whose duration may outlast those associated with peaceful coexistence between certain Middle Eastern nations).

 

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How the Military’s Tribalism Erodes Readiness — Count the Ways

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ROA Executive Director Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Jeff Phillips is published in The Hill as an opinion contributor.

 

In an article published here on Veterans Day, I examined the military’s “tribalism” that profoundly affects resourcing and support within its active component (AC) and reserve component (RC), the Reserve and National Guard. The effects often create inequalities that, in turn, unintentionally erode readiness.

 

Today’s RC is on the front line to an unprecedented extent, relied upon for virtually every military capability. The “part-time” RC is cheaper than the “full-time” AC, an argument made by retired Marine Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, a former Senate Armed Services staff director, who wrote in his 2016 book, “On War and Politics,” that “the fully burdened costs of the active military was 70 percent more than that of the Guard and Reserve on an individual basis.”  


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A Day in the ROA Chaplain's Thoughts - Advent 2018

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, December 17, 2018

ADVENT 2018

A Spiritual Fitness message from the ROA National Chaplain

 

Thanksgiving is a great door for us in America as it can open for us a time of thanks and expectancy. With Thanksgiving as a designated day behind us, we now look forward with hope and expectancy in celebrating our Judeo-Christian roots. The Jewish event of Hanukkah, celebrated this month, looks back to a miraculous time in history (nearly two hundred years B.C.). During the rededication of the Jewish Temple of Worship, oil for the temple lamp (enough for only one day) remained lit for the eight days needed to press and dedicate more oil for the duration.

 

The birth of Jesus, celebrated this month as well, introduced the Christian Era. Whether Jewish or Christian, this special season is marked by God visiting His people and bringing about miracles. The study of the entire Holy Scriptures begins and ends with God desiring to enter into the lives of people who seek Him as the Living God interested in His creation. It was, and is, His choice to be with us and to enter into our world. The celebration and worship brought forth with harp, orchestra, and vocal proclamations. Young children become fascinated, with eyes and ears wide open, listening to stories read and events proclaimed, of God’s entrance and actions. Adults look back, remember, recall, return and reflect pondering the best way to share what they now know with the children and grandchildren.

 

Today, we celebrate and proclaim God is with us in our history, our present and our future personal lives. Yes, it is true there is a materialistic connection to modern day Christmas and Hanukkah, but we also thrive in the true meaning of this special season. Truth and Life came from the portals of heaven to the mud, dirt, dust, pain, suffering and sin of this world just for you and me. God’s goal is restoration and not retribution for His creation. The materialism, without the spiritual, can have a celebration of such which leads to tiredness, busyness, festive and even some reflective depression and stressful moments.

 

A time of commercial emphasis, with a main focus upon economics and material gain, carries the baggage of trivialization; but it need not remain. Within the heart of many, this time of the year rings of hope and enchantment searching for ways of expression, love and appreciation from one person or group to another person or group. In my own reflection, I am reminded of a husband and wife team of historians who wrote, “there is no significant example in history before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.” (Will and Ariel Durant; The Story of Civilization, 11 Volumes)

 

While our Judeo-Christian roots are very deep as well as very personal, they cannot just be casual nor superficial. I cannot treat God’s visitation lightly for the results of doing so not only affect me but the society in which I live. Faith or lack thereof has a definite impact not only on my present but my future as well. From Moses and Prophets to St. John the Revelator the march and echo is “Peace on earth with good will toward men.” Just as God “reached out of Himself” to impact my life, I am not content until I reach out to Him and then outside myself to my neighbor.

 

V/R

 

Sherman Reed

CH (COL) Sherman R. Reed, USA (Ret)

Army Reserve Ambassador, Emeritus

ROA National Chaplain

SRReed@nbc.edu

reedsherman@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

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