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December 15, 2018


Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update
Military Life
Jobs on the Hill
Law Reviews

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018 – Call to Action!

ROA attended a press conference with Senator Tester (MT), Senator Gillibrand (NY), and Senator Daines (MT) on
H.R. 299. They explained the bipartisan supported bill to extend disability and medical benefits to Navy Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange in ships off the coast of Vietnam has been stalled. Two Senators have put a hold on the bill preventing it from going to the floor for vote. ROA has released the Following call to action to their members. TAKE ACTION NOW >

ROA sent the following letter of support for H.R. 299 to the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. READ MORE>

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Former President George H.W. Bush, Navy aviator, dies at age 94

The hearse carrying the remains of President George H.W. Bush leave the U.S. Capitol on December 5, 2018. (Photo: ROA)

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American statesman who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993; he earlier served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States, congressman, ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. Bush died at the age of 94 years old in Houston, Texas. He was the longest-lived president in U.S. history at 94 years and 171 days.

Bush postponed his university studies after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday, and became one of its youngest aviators. He served until September 1945, and then attended Yale University, graduating in 1948. He moved his family to West Texas where he entered the oil business. After years in private business, Bush entered politics and was elected to the House of Representatives from Texas's 7th congressional district in 1966. He was reelected in 1968 but was defeated for election to the Senate in 1970.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as ambassador to the United Nations, and he became Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1973. The following year, President Gerald Ford appointed him Chief of the Liaison Office in China and later made him the director of Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980, was defeated in the Republican primary by Ronald Reagan, then as his running mate became vice-president after the ticket's election. During his eight-year tenure as vice president, Bush headed task forces on deregulation and the war on drugs.

Bush in 1988 defeated Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis, becoming the first incumbent vice president to be elected president in 152 years. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency; military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf, the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later. Bush also signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which created a trade bloc consisting of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He was defeated for re-election during the 1992 presidential election by Bill Clinton.

After leaving office in 1993, Bush was active in humanitarian activities, often alongside Clinton, his former opponent. With George W. Bush's victory in the 2000 presidential election, Bush “41” and his son became the second father-son pair to serve as President, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Bush received the prestigious ROA “Minuteman of the Year” award in 1991 for his patriotic duty to the country and for his lifelong support of the U.S. military.

Confederation Interalliee des Officiers de Reserve President offers ROA condolences on death of President Bush

U.S. CIOR Vice President and ROA Past National President Brig. Gen. Michael J. Silva, USA (Ret.), received this letter December 5 from British Col. Christopher Argent, CIOR president, expressing condolences on the passing of the 41stPresident of the United States. General Silva notes that ROA’s “relationships in CIOR and NATO have grown stronger in the past few years. I cherish my time as your CIOR VP and deeply respect the Council of VPs from other Nations. It is touching that they think of us during our sad loss of a Patriotic President.”

ROA is a member of CIOR and furnishes its U.S. vice president.

Legislative Update

House Calendar for the 116th Congress, 1st Session

(Photo: US Capitol Historic Society)

The U.S. House of Representatives has published its calendar for the 1st Session, January 3-December 12, 2019. The Senate has not yet published its calendar, but they are typically similar. ROA members can use these calendars to plan for meeting their Representative(s) and Senators when they are in recess back at the district/state We encourage you to meet at least once a quarter with your Congressional delegation to discuss ROA legislative priorities or key initiatives.
Annual Calendar
Monthly Calendar

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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of December 11, 2018 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

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ROA Update
ROA member Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich, USA (Ret.), coauthored this opinion piece in The Hill newspaper that pierces the myth of the all-volunteer force’s adequacy. READ MORE >

ROA goes Facebook Live on the topic of the new Blended Retirement System:
Father and son – lifelong Navy and ROA members!

On Friday, November 30, 2018, ROA EXCOM Navy Committeeman CWO4 Dale J. Andersen, USN (Ret.) had the distinct honor and privilege to recite the oath of office to his son, Travis, during a promotion ceremony at Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Denver, CO. LT Travis Andersen, a Meteorological (METOC) SELRES officer, reaffirmed his service to the United States during the “virtual” ceremony via internet technology link Zoom. Both Dale and Travis are Life Members of ROA!

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Army Reserve Update

D.C. National Guard supports state funeral of George H.W. Bush

Members of the D.C. National Guard stand at attention as former President H.W. Bush’s casket departs the U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo: ROA)

District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) Soldiers and Airmen provided security, transportation and disaster response capabilities during the state funeral held at the Washington National Cathedral for the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush on Dec. 5, 2018.

Members of the DCNG's Multi-agency Augmentation Command (MAC) also served as funeral escorts for 18 state governors who attended the state funeral as part of a governor escort mission. READ MORE>

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NC National Guard activated due to winter storms

NC National Guard soldiers pull ambulance from snowbank, transport infant in 12″ of snow. (Photo: WBTV)

Members of the North Carolina National Guard were called up as a heavy winter storm bore down on the state last weekend dropping over a foot of snow. The snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain caused widespread damage with power outages throughout the western and Piedmont regions of the state. The N.C Governor declared a state of emergency prior to the storms arrival and activated the state Guard to assist where needed. READ MORE>

Naval Services Update

Annual Toys for Tots drive

Sgt. Spencer Day, a musician with the Marine Forces Reserve Band, plays the saxophone during the annual holiday concert at Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Dec. 9, 2018. The performance is one of several holiday concerts the band arranged throughout December to promote the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which donates toys to less fortunate children in the community. (Photo: Lance Cpl. Samantha Schwoch)

Toys for Tots continues with the 2018 Holiday Season! The program, run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks and has collected and distributed, to date, more than 512 million toys. READ MORE>

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Air Force Update

Active and Reserve Partnership Gets the Job Done

Air Force Reserve photo.

The Air Force established a partnership between the 16th Intelligence Squadron and the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing to create, “…a culture of seamless operations integration between active duty and reserve Airmen. This partnership of active-duty and reserve Airmen resulted in support to more than 2,000 ISR missions during fiscal year 2018 alone.”

The 16th Intelligence Squadron, nicknamed the "Honey Badgers" have been strong performers since they when fully operational in 2015 by contributing over 16,000 mission and training hours beginning in 2014.

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AF Reservists Saves Father and Daughter from Burning Car

(Photo courtesy The Bowie News)

Fire engulfs an SUV after a rollover accident on U.S. 287 about 5 miles north of Bowie, Texas, Jan. 17, 2018. Maj. Justin Warner, a 97th Flying Training Squadron “Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals” instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, was awarded the Airman's Medal Nov. 27, 2018, for heroism when he pulled retired Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Wolfe and his daughter from the vehicle moments before the fire had spread.

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander, presented the medal to Warner. He spoke about Warner’s many achievements.

“He is a distinguished graduate from several programs, so it wasn’t really a surprise in my mind when I saw it was him who saved those lives,” La Fave said. “He didn’t see it happen and say, ‘Hey, there is an Airman’s Medal in it for me if I do this.’ He did it because that’s the type of person he is.”

Airmen Help to Build Homes for Disabled, Elderly, and Disadvantaged

Senior Airman Lea Laney, from the 152nd Civil Engineer Squadron in Reno, Nev.

For over four decades, Opportunities and Resources Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Wahiawa, Hawaii has partnered with the military to build homes “… to provide relief and promote the general welfare of the disabled, elderly, and disadvantaged.” Members of the 152nd Airlift Wing’s Civil Engineer Squadron are able to use the relationship to perform their Innovative Readiness Training to build new facilities.

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Military Family

Your Pet Can be a Star

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is inviting military shoppers to share photos of their pets decked in their holiday finest for a chance to win $3,000 in gift cards.

From Dec. 1 to 24, authorized Exchange shoppers 18 years or older can submit a photograph of their pet dressed in holiday attire or with Santa at One grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 Exchange gift card, while four runners-up will each receive a $500 Exchange gift card. This year’s contest sponsor is Purina.

“Pets are the cherished pals and partners for many Warfighters and military families,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “This contest gives Soldiers and Airmen a chance to show off their pet during the holidays and put some extra jingle in their pockets with an Exchange gift card prize.”

Honorably discharged Veterans who have verified their eligibility to shop at can also enter the worldwide contest.

No purchase is necessary to enter the holiday pet photo contest. Entries must be sent as a JPG, PNG or PDF and include the pet’s name, the entrant’s legal first name and last name, mailing address, email address, phone number and local Exchange location. Limit one entry per person. Winners will be notified by Jan. 31.

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AAFES Exchange Extended Holiday Return Policy

Army & Air Force Exchange Service is extending its return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24.

The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns from 15 to 90 days after purchase with a sales receipt or online order confirmation depending on the item. The holiday return policy extends these terms through Jan. 31.

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Navy Lodge Locations Offer Discount This Holiday Season

At the Navy Lodge, “We Believe!” in holiday specials! Guests who reserve a room from Nov. 22, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019, at select locations will receive 20 percent off their stay. Reservations need to be made online at or to receive the discount.

“The Navy Lodge Program wants to give back to our guests who sacrifice so much for us by offering an even greater savings,” said Mike Bockelman, Vice President, Navy Exchange Service Command, Director, Navy Lodge Program and DoD Reservation Center. “By giving 20 percent off their stay, I hope our guests have the opportunity to visit with loved ones or have loved ones visit them this holiday season. From the Navy Lodge family to yours, happy holidays.”

Navy Lodges participating in the holiday promotion include Annapolis, Bethesda and Patuxent River, Md.; Fort Worth and Corpus Christi, Texas; Lemoore, El Centro, Port Hueneme, Moffett Field and Monterey, Calif.; Great Lakes, Ill.; Fallon, Nev.; Memphis, Tenn.; Gulfport, Miss.; Washington, D.C.; New London, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; Newport, R.I.; Everett and Whidbey Island, Wash.; Pensacola, Mayport and Jacksonville, Fla.; Kings Bay, Ga.; and Norfolk and Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.

Guests will find oversized guest rooms and family suites along with lobby that promotes a fun and social atmosphere that fits the busy lifestyle of today’s service members and their families. On site amenities include vending machines, laundry area and workout room as well as children’s outside play area at many locations. Navy Lodges also offer guests free Wi-Fi, breakfast and weekly manager’s reception. Every Navy Lodge is handicapped accessible. As an added convenience, dogs and cats up to 70 pounds in weight can stay at most Navy Lodges when traveling with its owner. Guests need to contact the specific Navy Lodge regarding pet policies.
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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities

ROA TAPS for November 2018

(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During November 2018, 214 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>

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. 18107 Major League Baseball Network Apprenticeship Program Requires USAR Soldiers To Certify that they Won’t Volunteer for Deployment To Be Considered for the Opportunity—Does that Violate USERRA?
No. 18108 AFTPs in the Army as well as the Air Force and for Enlisted Crew Members as well as Pilot Officers

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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

97th Signal Battalion Annual Reunion
April 28-May 2, 2019
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Info: and see the link for Communicator on line.
POC: LTC Don Mattingly • ph. 812-319-5552

USS Lawrence Association DDG-4 & DD-250
May 1 -5, 2019
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel • Ph: 413-372-9086
110 Lexington Ave., San Antonio, TX
POC: Craig Bernat Ph: 814-322-4140 • Email:

4th Infantry (IVY) Division 2019 National Reunion
19-25 August, University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri
For more information, visit the association website at

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.

USS Stickell DD-888 Reunion
October 28-30, 2019
Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport, RI
POC: Don O’Brien, Ph: 401-847-1706 • Email:

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