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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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RC Travel Survey

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Please complete the ROA travel survey on out-of-pocket costs for National Guard and Reserve members.  This is an emerging issue that Congress and the Pentagon are working on for 2018.  Your responses could influence legislative changes by identifying the unreimbursed travel costs incurred when performing inactive and active duty.  Proposed legislation could expand expenses eligible for reimbursements, update mileage for tax exemptions, or change per diem rates.  Other potential fixes would come from the survey results. TAKE THE SURVEY

 

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Congress Undecided About Budget

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Despite having a year to make budget decisions, Congress is still undecided on what they will do after the CR expires on Friday, December 22, 2018. READ MORE

 

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DoD Releases Demographics Report

Posted By Diane Markham, Thursday, December 7, 2017

DoD has released their 2016 Demographics Report.  A few interesting key facts are:

  • Overall, 44.5 percent of Selected Reserve members are reported as married and 48.6 percent have never been married.
  • Of the 364,537 Selected Reserve members who are married, 6.1 percent are in dual-military marriages. Almost half (48.2%) of Marine Corps Reserve women who are married are in dual-military marriages. Of the Selected Reserve members who are married, the Air Force Reserve has the highest percentage (13.6%) of members in dual-military marriages in 2016.
  • The percentage of Selected Reserve officers who are female has been increasing since 2000. The Coast Guard Reserve had the highest increase in female Selected Reserve officers since 2000 (+7.6%).
  • The percentage of Selected Reserve members 35 years of age and younger has increased from 58.9 percent in 2000 to 68.6 percent in 2016, which is a decrease from 2015 (-0.1%).
  •  Approximately half (49.9%) of the Selected Reserve are assigned to the United States in thirteen states (California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, North Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, and Louisiana).

 Click here for the full report.

 

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House Files Continuing Appropriation

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The U.S. House has filed a Continuing Appropriation (until December 22, 2017) for a floor vote this week.  This will give Congress time to work on the tax bill.  READ MORE

 

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December 1 Military Officer Job Fair - Washington DC Metro Area

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 27, 2017

You are invited to meet face-to-face with representatives from Lockheed Martin, LMI, DynCorp, Institute for Defense Analyses, Endeavor Air, Southern California Edison, PenFed, ENSCO, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, and many more at the December 1st Military Officer Job Fair.  This job fair will be held from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the ballroom of the Army Navy Country Club, located at 1700 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Virginia.  An Employer Panel discussion for job seekers will start at 8:00 am in the Williamsburg Room. Business attire recommended. Bring many copies of your resume.  Be sure to research the companies in advance, including contacting people you know who are working at the companies. While sponsored by the West Point Society of DC, this job fair is open and free to ALL transitioning and former military officers (O-, W-) regardless of commissioning source or branch of service. For more information and to pre-register, visit www.MilitaryOfficerJobFair.com.  By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you'll receive the job fair Employer Directory before the event and give the participating companies early access to your credentials.  Good luck!

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