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August 15, 2018


Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

Military Life
Jobs on the Hill
Law Reviews

ROA national convention registration now open!

ROA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 national convention in Omaha, Nebraska!

This year’s national convention promises many exciting events for ROA members to include an update on TRICARE, a professional development seminar, a banquet with a congressional speaker (invited), awards presentations, speaker presentations, a State of the Association address, a detailed update on current legislation, and training on conducting grass-roots activities. All this while connecting with old friends and making new ones.

Please spread the word within your departments and chapters about this exciting opportunity! Hotel rates are low and registration fees have been reduced. Help us reach our goal of increasing attendance by 15 percent.

To register, or for more information, visit our website:

Legislative Update

ROA helps advance burn pit legislation

ROA hosted a press conference on August 2nd to promote the Burn Pit Accountability Act (H.R. 5671/S.3181). ROA has worked diligently with other MSO/VSO’s to raise awareness of this important issue on Capitol Hill for both the Active and Reserve Component servicemembers. If passed, the legislation would require the Pentagon to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals by:

  • Requiring the Secretary of Defense to record whether servicemembers have been “based or stationed at a location where an open burn pit was used or exposed to toxic airborne chemicals, including any information recorded as part of the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry,” in Periodic Health Assessments (PHAs), Separation History Physical Examination (SHPEs), and Post-Deployment Health Assessment (PDHAs).
  • Enrolling any servicemember who meets the above criteria in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, unless he or she opts-out.
  • Requiring the secretary of defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to share information relating to exposure of burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals recorded in PHAs, SHPEs, and PDHAs.
Executive Director Jeffrey Phillips recently interviewed Rosie Lopez-Torres of Burn Pits 360 for a ROA podcast as she explained the issues her husband, CPT LeRoy Torres (USA, Ret.), is currently experiencing due to his burn pit exposure conditions in Iraq. READ MORE>

ROA’s August column in The Hill newspaper takes on the issue of battlefield toxicity.

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ROA interview with

ROA was recently invited to participate in a recorded interview on the nationally syndicated CBS’ Navy veteran/radio host Eric Dehm spoke with Executive Director Jeffrey Phillips and Legislative Director John Rothrock about the role ROA plays in advancing Reserve Component servicemember issues. The 20-minute interview aired on 6 August and will be re-aired on CBS radio throughout August. HEAR THE PODCAST>

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ROA videos keeping members informed

ROA has expanded communications with their members by posting videos to YouTube. Executive Director Jeff Phillips said, “Producing videos is a great way for us to show our members the variety of topics, whether legislation or military policy, we work on a regular basis.” These videos can also be used by ROA Departments and Chapters in their meetings and when they are recruiting new members. The videos are available on ROA’s YouTube page. The most recent posting explains what service is required to earn the designation of Veteran.

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Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of August 7, 2018 )

The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis. When DoD considered stopping the contingency reporting earlier in 2017, ROA was instrumental in pressing DoD to keep it as a reporting requirement. This information is important because Congress uses this information to gauge how the Reserve Component is being used for operational missions which results in authorizations and appropriations.

Additionally, this report reminds the President and Congress that the Reserve Component is still being used for contingency activations despite years of drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Army Reserve Update

Calif. Army Guard Soldier-professor serves in Afghanistan

(Photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield)

Army Maj. Nathan Wall, of the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division and the deputy logistics officer for Train, Advice and Assist Command-South in Afghanistan, checks email in his office in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. While Wall may be known overseas for working in logistics, back home in Loma Linda, California, he is known as Dr. Wall and teaches a molecular genetics and biochemistry at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. READ MORE>

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National Guard senior leaders honor World War I battle anniversary

Staff Sgt. Ashley Delisle, Oklahoma Army National Guard state awards manager, wipes tears from her face after discovering the final resting place of her great uncle, Pvt. 1st Class Anton J. Reida, at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-En-Tardenois, France, July 27, 2018. Reida was killed during WWI on the Aisne-Marne battlefield, Sept. 1, 1918. (Photo: Sgt. Brian Schroeder)

Thousands of headstones silently testify to the American sacrifice at the Second Battle of the Marne 100 years ago -- a sacrifice the chief of the National Guard Bureau honored recently.

Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel was the senior U.S. military attendee at the World War I Centennial Commemoration at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery on July 28th, joined by Army Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, the senior enlisted advisor to the chief. More than a dozen adjutants general from states that contributed to the American Expeditionary Forces also honored the memory of service members who fought and died in "the war to end all wars."

"We are gathered here to remember the service of Americans who gave 'the last full measure of devotion' to their country," Lengyel said, quoting Lincoln, "and to find meaning in their service through this remembrance."

The National Guard comprised 18 of the 43 divisions the United States sent to France in World War I -- about 40 percent of the American Expeditionary Force. More than 103,000 Guardsmen were killed or wounded, 43 percent of all American casualties.

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I and ROA has become a supporter of the World War One Centennial Commission. A commission representative will be attending our ROA convention in Omaha, NE and will have information on the planned National World War I Memorial to be built at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. READ MORE>

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Naval Services Update

Congrats, Chief! Navy announces FY19 Reserve and FTS CPO selectees

(Photo: USN)

The Navy has released the names of the 710 drilling and full-time reservists selected to put on chief petty officer anchors this year. This year’s combined reserve E-7 board convened May 21 in Millington, Tennessee.

For those in the drilling reserve, 2,586 eligible candidates competed for a total of 448 spots. Just over a 17 percent of candidates had a shot at moving up into the chief’s mess, up from 15 percent a year ago.

The news was even better for those looking to make chief in the reserve full-time support ranks where the chance to put on chief anchors rose nearly 6 percentage points to almost 26 percent this year. Just over 1,000 E-6s competed for the available 262 quotas — a nearly 26 percent chance, up from 21 percent at last year’s board. Navy-wide pinning of all new chief petty officers will happen in mid-September.

The Navy released promotions for the Selected Reserve for FY 2019. READ HERE>

The Navy also released promotions for the Navy Reserve Full-Time Support personnel. READ HERE>

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ROA hosts Capitol Hill USCG congressional fellows

USCG RADM Melissa Bert joins members of the USCG legislative fellows program in the ROA atrium. (Photo: ROA)

On August 9th, ROA hosted the first of several upcoming congressional legislative fellow’s receptions for incoming members of our Armed Forces. This U.S. Coast Guard sponsored event included 20 nationally board selected officers and one senior enlisted member to serve as military legislative fellows in selected offices of Members of the House and Senate. Their duties will primarily focus transportation and home land security authorizations and appropriations. Additionally, several will serve as legislative liaisons in the USCG legislative offices on Capitol Hill.
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Air Force Update

Vice President Pence Announces Space Command (SpaceCom)

(Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Everett Allen)

On August 9. 2018, the Department of Defense issued a report describing a way forward to build President Trump’s new service branch for a Space Force. The resources for this command will be cannibalized from the existing services. “To be clear: the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation’s space programs today are already the best in the world,” the vice president said. The report outlines the following actions:

  • Accelerate space technology and development initiatives, which were modernization priorities laid out in President Trump’s National Defense Strategy;
  • Establish a Space Development Agency charged with developing and fielding new next-generation capabilities for national security space development;
  • Establish a Space Operations Force of professionals who will form a new community of experts working to lead America’s national security space efforts into the future;
  • Establish an operating structure and accountable civilian oversight for Space Force; and
Create a United States Space Command, a unified combatant command, to improve, evolve, and plan space warfighting.
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National Guard and Reserve take over a RC-135V/W Rivet Joint Flight

Senior Airman Angel Marroquin, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Drew Nystrom)

A recent weekend at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska saw a Reserve Component crew come together to fly a weekend training sortie. This gave RC members an opportunity to perform duty over a weekend and reduce time away from their civilian job. “I love serving,” Gloria said, “but I miss about 40 more days annually at my civilian job than a typical reservist would to keep current in my flying skillset because the training flights normally happen during the week. This is a great way to make my obligation to the Air Force less stressful.” READ MORE
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Military Family

‘Exchange Inc.’ Scams

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is warning military shoppers about scammers offering to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines through the Department of Defense retailer using the name “Exchange Inc.” READ MORE>

Commissary sales increase while prices decrease

(Photo by Jessica Rouse, Defense Commissary Agency)

This year the Commissary began the Your Everyday Savings (YES) program to reduce prices on about 500 grocery items which resulted in a 22 percent increase in June 2018. This program was possible because Congress granted new authority to price groceries with a 23.7 percent savings compared to off-base stores rather then at wholesale plus five percent. READ HERE

During July 2018, 59 of our ROA comrades passed from our ranks. On behalf of our membership, we thank these brave men and women for their many years of service and wish their families peace. READ MORE>

Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities

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Law Reviews:
Legal analysis on the issues impacting your life in and out of uniform

Former Service Member’s Law Center director, retired USNR Capt. Sam Wright, provides periodic law review updates. Please see ROA’s Law Center webpage for more information on service members’ law.

No. 18067 You Have a Duty To Mitigate your Damages
No. 18068 Is it too Late To Sue Blockbuster?
No. 18069 Relocation Bonus Contract Does Not Override USERRA
No. 18070 Can I Sue the Commonwealth of Kentucky For Violating my USERRA Rights?
No. 18071 Is it Lawful for me To Record my Employer Ranting and Raving about his Hostility to my USAR Service?
No. 18072 Don’t Apply for Reemployment until you Are Ready To Return to Work—Part 2
No. 18073 Air Force Memorandum on USERRA’s Five-Year Limit Needs To Be Rewritten

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The Veteran’s Creed is a set of principles to promote continued service and leadership by Veterans in their communities and to our country.

To publish your reunion notice in Reserve Voice, email or send by mail to
ROA Reunion Notice
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

U.S.S. John R. Craig DD885
Dates: September 5-9, 2018
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Contact: Jerry Chwalek
Email: • 734-525-1469

Army, 1st Signal Brigade (Vietnam & Korea)
5-9 September 2018
Location: Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX.
POC: John Keenan • (913) 633-2639 •

USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) Association 21st Shipmates' Reunion
Dates:12-16 September 2018
Location:Courtyard Marriott, 1001 Intrepid Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19112
(Historic Navy Yard, Philadelphia)
POC: Tim Gildea, (215) 480-4260,
Note: Open to present and past members of ship's crew, Marine Detachment, embarked staffs, specialty detachments, and air wing. Reunion participants may bring guests.
Information & Registration form:

U.S.S. Perkins 27th Annual Reunion
September 13-15, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
POC: Barry Buchanan • Ph 816-792-3040

Vinh Long Outlaws Association Biennial Reunion
September 13-17, 2018
North Charleston Marriott • Charleston, SC
POC: Jim Donnelly email:
Info & Registration:

Navy: Destroyer Veterans
Dates Sept 16-20, 2018
Location: Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Two Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, New York, USA, 14202
Registration forms:
Contact: Tin Can Sailors - DesVets, 508-677-0515;

39th Engineer Battalion Alumni Association
Dates: September 30 - October 3, 2018
Location: Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino, Tucson, AZ
Hotel: 877-777-4212 (refer to 39th Engineers block)
Form & Info:
March 2018 Newsletter with reg form

More Info: 39th 2018 Arizona Reunion Information
Contact: Bill Ray, 817-239-0787,

USS Voge (DE/FF-1047) Reunion
For all those who have served aboard 1966-1989
Dates: October 3-7, 2018
Location: Crowe Plaza San Diego/Mission Valley, CA
Questions: Call MRP 817-251-3551 or email (by Sep 12)
Online Reservations Website
POC: Tom Anderson 501-259-1369. •.
Additional info:

USS Taylor (DD/DDE-468)
Dates: 07-11 October, 2018 • Location: Colorado Springs, CO
POC: CDR James G. O'Neill USNR-RET
Email: • Phone: 804-212-8911

Patron Four Five Association (VP-45) 15th Biennial Reunion
Dates: October 24-28, 2018 • Location: Grand Hotel, Pensacola, Florida
POC: Doug "Pooh Bear" Mitchell (President)
Phone: 678-650-7500Email:

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society, 2019 Reunion,
“Celebrating 100 Years of American Air Power,”
September 15 thru 19, 2019.
Dayton/Fairborn, OH, • Host hotel: Holiday Inn/Fairborn
POC: Warren Eastman,, Ph: 760-985-2810
Check website for updates as planning progresses.

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