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February 15, 2018


Legislative Update
Army Update
Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

Military Life
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Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the
2018-19 Academic Year is Open

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.

The applicant portal link is

In its second year within ROA’s program of revitalizing, for academic year 2017-2018, ROA will award up to twenty $2500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees.

“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.” READ MORE >

Legislative Update

ROA Gets Published, Again!

(Photo: Washington Post)

On 7 February, ROA Executive Director Jeff Phillips’ opinion piece on the presidents proposed military parade was published by The Hill, a major news publication in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the OPed was to call attention to the better use of military spending on military personnel verses a proposed military parade in Washington, DC. Earlier this month, White House and Pentagon officials confirmed reports that Trump had asked military leaders for the outline of large-scale parade to showcase troops and military equipment. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week he was developing several options for the president, and the Pentagon has tasked the Army to be the executive agent for the effort. The White House press office said the goal is to create an event where the entire country “can come together to show support and honor our military.”

The parade could cost between $10 million and $30 million, depending on its length, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney recently told a House Budget Committee. That cost is not reflected in Trump’s proposed
2019 budget that was presented Monday, Mulvaney said, “because it’s come up at the last minute.”

Upon hearing of the proposed military parade, Phillips contacted ROA Executive Committee members to survey their opinion, which was a resounding NO! A recent
Military Times poll found that the vast majority of respondents oppose the idea for a parade as well. With almost 98,000 people voting, the majority, 88 percent, said the military has more important needs to address. READ MORE>

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Pentagon unveils $686 billion military budget for FY19

U.S. President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget is requesting $686.1 billion in military funding (an 8% increase), with a focus on great power competition with Russia and China, the Pentagon announced Monday morning.

The request includes $617 billion in base budget funding and $69 billion in cap-exempt wartime funds, part of the administration’s expected $716 billion national security request (which
includes Department of Energy nuclear programs).

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters this past week the new two-year budget agreement would allow the military to be reshaped “
back to a position of primacy.”

As you may know, ROA has been pushing for a 2-year budget for military personnel to prevent the damaging and negative impacts on Reserve Component elements due to congressional inaction. ROA is very pleased Congress has taken heed to this legislative priority.

Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of 13 February 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.

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Army Reserve Update

US Army Reserves participates in honoring President William Henry Harrison’s 245th Birthday

US Army Reserve Major Gen. Patrick Reinert, 88th Readiness Division commanding general, walked side-by-side with Doug Sammons, mayor of the Village of North Bend, OH and presented a wreath at Harrison’s monument on behalf of President Donald J. Trump.

“I thank you for the opportunity to commemorate the life and contributions of this remarkable man from Ohio,” Reinert said during his speech. “President William Henry Harrison was a life-long public servant whose selfless service and dedication continues to be an inspiration to all Americans.

William Henry Harrison Sr. (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military officer, a principal contributor in the War of 1812, and the ninth President of the United States (1841). He was the last president born before the American Revolution, and died of pneumonia just 31 days into his term, thereby serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. He was the first president to die in office, and his death sparked a brief constitutional crisis. Its resolution left unsettled Constitutional questions as to the presidential line of succession until the passage of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1967.

President Harrison exemplified the finest of personal characteristics serving his country in several different ways as a military officer, a territorial Governor and after a well-earned retirement agreed to serve as President of the United States of America. A commitment we seldom see now more than 175 years later and well worth our double volley from six flintlock weapons. An appropriate honor President Harrison would recognize in his time.

National Guard couple celebrates Valentine's Day before deploying

(Photo: Spc. Jovi Prevot)

Every year, thousands of married Soldiers are deployed around the world, away from their spouses and families. Though some may marry other service members, it is rare for a dual military couple to deploy together.

Husband and wife, Spc. Christopher Fields and Sgt. Chasidy Fields, are both assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi National Guard. The couple is ready to serve as they prepare for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

The Fields are just one of many married couples deploying with the 155th ABCT, and like any married couple they will share the joys and pains of deployment.

"When we found out about the deployment, it didn't really affect us that much initially," said Spc. Christopher C. Fields, a cavalry scout assigned to Troop B, 1st Battalion, 98th Cavalry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team. "We joined the Guard knowing that we would possibly have to deploy."

"We got to do what we got to do, that's why we signed the papers," said Sgt. Chasidy Fields, a human resource specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team.

This is Chasidy's second deployment but it's still a new experience for her.

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Naval Services Update

US Coast Guard says Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will go dark for repairs

North Carolina's iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has gone dark for about a month while officials await custom-made parts for storm damage repairs.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Cox, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, said the light has been off since mid-January after machinery was damaged by storms. He said replacement parts are being made by a company in Ohio and should arrive soon. Cox compared the process to finding parts for an antique car. The lighthouse was built in 1870, replacing an earlier structure.

While ships these days use GPS systems, the light still serves as a landmark for the Cape Hatteras coast known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

The lighthouse stands more than 200 feet tall and attracts about 100,000 visitors from around the world who climb it each year. The current tower was built in 1870 with the prism-like Fresnel lens fueled by kerosene.

In the 1930s, the light became powered by electricity. It shines about 25 miles out to sea and flashes every 7.5 seconds, an identifying sequence unique to the lighthouse. The black and white stripes also serve as a landmark on land and offshore.

Cox said modern ships use GPS and digital mapping so the repairs haven't sidelined a primary navigation tool. While the light is out, the Coast Guard is sending a radio message two times a day to alert mariners that it is off. READ MORE>

Coast Guard supports State of the Union security

Coast Guard reserve Lt. Cecilia Robinson works as the incident command post liaison officer coordinating joint agency security efforts for the State of the Union Address in Washington D.C., Jan. 30, 2018. A total of 13 reserve Coast Guard members were mobilized to augment security efforts in protecting the Potomac River and shoreside facilities. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin R. Williams

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Marines are flying more than the Air Force

(Photo: USMC)

The Marine Corps’ aviators have increased their monthly flight hours per pilot, and are now flying substantially more than Air Force pilots, military officials said.

Both the Marine Corps and Air Force are facing pilot shortages and aircraft readiness problems that have left a large number of aircraft grounded. But the Marine Corps says it has made strides over the last year increasing monthly
flight hours.

The Marines are averaging between 14 to 16 hours a month per pilot per aircraft, while the Air Force is averaging just a little above nine to 10 hours per pilot per month, according to testimony Wednesday from
Gen. Glenn M. Walters, the Marine Corps Assistant Commandant, and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on military readiness. READ MORE>

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Air Force Update

Air Force Reserve Unit Helps Send Tesla to Space

U.S. Air Force photo by Julia Bergeron

Air Force Reservists recently supported a space mission with aerial surveillance and cleared the launch hazard area of marine traffic in case of problems during the launch. The new heavy launch rocket brings back a space capability reminiscent of the space program that ended in 2011. “HH-60G pilot Maj Paul Carpenter noted, ‘Today’s range clearing operation is reminiscent of how we operated in the Space Shuttle era (1981-2011) because of the large amount of propellant on Falcon Heavy, and SpaceX’s unique feat of landing the first stages safely on land. Instead of just clearing one area for the rocket’s ascent, we have two areas to keep an eye on – one for ascent, and one for return.’”

Reserve wing receives prestigious German Maritime
Search and Rescue award

Gerhard Harder, second from left, chairman of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service, presents the German Medal of Honor on Ribbon for Rescue Missions at Sea in Gold to Senior Master Sgt. George Taylor, third from left, 920th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron lead production superintendent, during a presentation ceremony Jan. 26, 2018 at the German Maritime Museum, Hamburg, Germany. Taylor and six other Reserve Citizen Airmen traveled to Germany to accept the award on behalf of the 920th Rescue Wing. The wing was honored for its rescue of two German citizens after their vessel caught fire approximately 500 nautical miles off the east coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 7, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

HAMBURG, Germany - For the first time in 20 years, the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service awarded the Medal of Honor on Ribbon for Rescue Missions at Sea in Gold in a special ceremony to the 920th Rescue Wing Jan. 26, 2018 at the German Maritime Museum.
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Texas Guard Member Uses Military Training for Hurricane

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mindy Bloem

National Guard and Reserve members often use their military skills and training to respond to emergencies when called-up, but one Guardsman used those same skills in his civilian job as a first responder in Texas. When Hurricane Harvey was predicted to his Texas, Nathan Ward, a staff sergeant assigned to the Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing, located in San Antonio, began stocking up on food and water. The people he works with felt he was going overboard until the hurricane hit and they realized food and water was days away from delivery. READ HERE

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Military Life

Taking Command of Your TRICARE

TRICARE has implemented several changes to health plans, costs, enrollment, stateside region, contractors, and accessing care. A webinar will take you through these changes, so you can make informed decisions. For example, the webinar explains, “As of Jan. 1, most TRICARE Prime beneficiaries don’t need referrals for urgent care visits.”

Acupuncture Being Used to Fight Pain

Photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Stout

The military is reaching back to an ancient health practice to control pain and now it is being extended to individuals who have become addicted to opioids that were prescribed for pain. Acupuncture began over 8,000 years ago and the military began using battlefield acupuncture in 2001 because it did not cause duty status changes that accompany other forms of medication. READ HERE

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Use this tool to find exactly where you can use your GI Bill to study a discipline of your choice

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: 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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Reserve and National Guard Could Lose TRICARE Coverage

Thousands are at risk to losing their TRICARE coverage under the new providers. Approximately 25,000 Reserve or young adult plan beneficiaries have not updated their payment information with the new contractor, Health Net Federal Services. They are the new TRICARE provider for the West Region as of Jan. 1, 2018. The TRICARE West Region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (except the Rock Island Arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (except the St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (areas of Western Texas only), Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. READ HERE

Taking Care of our Nation’s Heroes…It’s Who We Are. It’s What We Do.

The BeThere Peer Assistance Line is the only dedicated Department of Defense (DoD) peer support call and outreach center available to all Service members across the Department (Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves) and their families. The program is staffed by peer coaches who are Veteran Service members and spouses of prior Service members, and is available 24/7 through chat, email, phone and text. Communications between peer counselors and Service members are confidential. LEARN MORE >

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Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter seeks director to lead new Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard

Dr. Ash Carter is launching the Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP), a new research project at the Belfer Center here at Harvard Kennedy School
. He is hiring a director to lead this project.

The project will create analytically-driven and technologically-informed solutions to the dilemmas of fast-paced technological change to ensure that this change is shaped for overall human good. Attached is a short project description to provide more context.

He is looking for candidates who are passionate about this mission and who have experience managing a project and turning ideas into actionable programs, particularly looking for someone who has worked in or conducted research about the tech industry and understands the key debates in the sector about how to ensure that technology serves a greater public purpose. The job description is below.

The director will work directly with Dr. Carter to shape this new initiative and support its launch. She or he will help set and implement project strategy, select key initiatives, connect with donors and other stakeholders, develop research projects, and manage a small team. Successful candidates can be assured of strong professional development.

As qualified candidates come to mind, please email the project’s senior associate director Gretchen Bartlett ( directly with their names and any additional background you wish to provide.

A direct link to the posting may be found
Dr. Carter is also hiring a research assistant for TAPP as well. Here is a
link to the RA job.

Director, TAPP, Qualification Requirements (pdf)
TAPP Project Description (pdf)

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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. 18015 Enforcing USERRA against a State Government Employer - Good News from California
No. 18016 Review on Service Member Voting and Domicile
No. 18017 Mr. President-Please Make Appointments for the MSPB Vacancies
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To publish your reunion notice in Reserve Voice, email or send by mail to
ROA Reunion Notice
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

11th Airborne Division Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter; 11th Air Assault Division, and 187th Airborne RCT Annual Los Banos Reunion
Date: February 24-28, 2018 • Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
POC: Joseph W. Cole • email: • Phone: 502-641-2631

2018 U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association (USAOCSAA) Reunion
DATE: March 25-29, 2018 • Location: Columbus, Ga.

Housing: Columbus Marriott Hotel
POC: Nancy Ionoff • Phone: 813-917-4309

12th TFW, MacDill AFB, FL; Cam Ranh AB & Phu Cat AB; 389 TFS & 480 TFS, Da Nang, Vietnam; 555th TFS 1964-66 and 12th FEW/SFW (Bergstrom AFB, TX & Korea), and all supporting units
Date: 4 – 7 April 2018 • Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact: E. J. Sherwood • email: • Phone: 480-396-4681

USS Carpenter DD825
April 19-23, 2018
Ramada Inn, San Diego, CA
Contact Jimmie Kennedy
Ph: 714-776-4019 email:

USS San Marcos (LSD-25) Reunion

Date: May 4-6, 2018 • Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Jack Lieberman

Society of the First Infantry Division, "Big Red One" 2018 Reunion
August 1-5, 2018
Westin Lombard, Ambler PA 19002
Contact • PH 215-654-1969

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

USS Taylor (DD/DDE-468)

Date: 07-11 October, 2018 • Location: Colorado Springs, CO
POC: CDR James G. O'Neill USNR-RET
Email: • Phone: 804-212-8911

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