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July 15, 2017

Legislative Update
Army Update
Navy Update

Air Force Update
Military Life
Law Reviews

ROA 2017 Annual Convention

ROA’s annual convention, held July 21-23 at the Crystal City Hyatt Regency, is days away. In addition to our business meetings and review of the past year’s progress in revitalizing the association, our foundation, and its growing effectiveness on the Hill, we will have a panel of Reserve Component service chiefs, service section meetings, and the swearings-in of our new national president and executive committee members, as well as a traditional banquet.
If you haven’t registered, now is the time.
We look forward to seeing our members again!

Legislative Update

Congress Begins Marking Up Annual Defense Bill

When the House Armed Service Committee (HASC) published the FY2018 NDAA report, it included important comments concerning benefit parity for the National Guard and Reserve duty status issue. The HASC stated that “ . . . benefits should be made available to the Reserve Component units that are ordered to Active duty under any authority.” ROA appreciates the HASC taking a very strong position that shows their unequivocal support for benefit parity.

Reserve Component Benefits Parity Under 12304b Mobilization Authority

The committee recognizes that Reserve Component units ordered to Active Duty should receive the same benefits for the same duty as their Active Duty counterparts. The committee understands that Reserve Component units involuntarily ordered to Active Duty under the authority provided by section 12304b of title 10, United States Code, are not entitled to several benefits that other deployed service members are provided, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, pre-mobilization TRICARE health care, reduced age for retirement, Federal civilian differential pay and high deployment allowance.

Even though this mobilization authority was established by Congress at the Department of Defense’s request to support non-contingency operations, the committee believes that these benefits should be made available to the Reserve Component units that are ordered to Active Duty under any authority. Section 515 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114–92) required the Secretary of Defense to assess the viability of consolidating the number of authorities to order members of the Reserve Components to perform duty. Once the recommendation from the Secretary of Defense is received, the committee expects that the benefits disparity will be corrected.

The Senate NDAA bill or report did not include similar language on 12304b benefits which means this will become an issue that must be addressed in conference


Contact your Senators and ask them to support House Section 503 for benefit parity with 12304a and 12304b operational support orders Sec. 503. Equal treatment of orders to serve on active duty under section 12304a and 12304b of title 10, United States Code.

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Links

H.R. 2810 - ‘‘National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018’’. H.Rept 115-200
- ‘‘National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018’’. S.Rept 115-125

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Army Update

California National Guard Mobilizes to Contain Major Wildfires

The California National Guard has been mobilized to combat wildfires ravaging parts of Northern and Southern California. Three Army UH-60 Black Hawks and two Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters have been deployed to contain wildfires up in Northern California while three Blacks Hawks and two Air Force C-130J air tankers have been sent to contain Southern California wildfires.

Relying on UH-60 Black Hawks for critical domestic missions like firefighting highlights the urgent need for recapitalization of the Army National Guard’s UH-60 fleet. For this reason, ROA included Army National Guard UH-60 procurement and modernization as part of our legislative agenda .

Naval Services Update

President Trump’s Surgeon General Nominee

President Donald Trump has nominated Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome M. Adams, as the next Surgeon General. Vice President Mike Pence had appointed Dr. Adams to the job in Indiana in 2014; after shortly taking the position, he had to handle an unusually high outbreak of HIV. To combat the problem, Dr. Adams became a strong advocate of needle exchanges that eventually lowered the prevalence of the disease. Dr. Adams is outspoken on the risks of prescription opioid painkillers and the increasing need to address the opioid epidemic.

Rear Admiral McKinley Becomes Director of Coast Guard Reserve Policy

Rear Admiral Andrew S. McKinley has assumed the position as the Director of Reserve and Military personnel for the U.S. Coast Guard. Rear Admiral McKinley is responsible for the development and oversight of military personnel policy programs to recruit, manage, shape, and support Coast Guard Reserve and Active Duty members.

Before assuming the position, RDML McKinley served as the Human Capital Strategy Implementation Lead for the Coast Guard. As a reserve officer, he has been mobilized in support of contingency operations in Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

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NOAA is celebrating a century of service

In 1807, President Jefferson created a federal agency that would support the nation’s defense and promote the well-being of its citizens. Over the next 150 years, that agency, the Coast and Geodetic Survey – formerly the Survey of the Coast – would prove its worth in both world wars and during peacetime.

After America’s entry into WWI, a commissioned service of the C&GS was formed in 1917 to ensure the rapid assimilation of technical skills for defense purposes. During the Second World War, officers and civilians of the agency produced nautical and aeronautical charts, provided critical geospatial information, and conducted reconnaissance surveys.

Today, NOAA and the NOAA Corps, direct descendants of the C&GS do important work in the air, land, and on the sea, to keep the nation secure. NOAA Corps officers continue to play an important role in the acquisition and analysis of environmental data that aids NOAA and other agencies in meeting the nation’s most pressing problems in the 21st century.

The CNR has selected the 16th Navy Reserve Force Master Chief

Command Master Chief Christopher D. Kotz will take charge from Force Master Chief C.J. Mitchell in October 2017. Kotz is from South Carolina, and currently serves as the command master chief of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North headquartered in New Orleans. Kotz enlisted in the Navy in February of 1991 and later attended Basic Hospital Corps School, Naval School of Health Sciences. He is also a graduate from the Surface Force Independent Duty Corps School and the Senior Enlisted Academy.

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Air Force Update

C-5M Super Galaxy Mission at Westover ARB Growing

By the end of the summer of 2018, Westover will possess eight C-5M-models. In anticipation of that change, Westover aircrew have individuals who trained on the simulator at Dover AFB, Delaware become qualified as instructors and evaluators to help train the remaining aircrew. Moving the simulator from Dover to Westover will produce savings to cover the cost of the move by allowing Westover Airmen to train

Outstanding Airmen of the Year Announced, Includes Reservist and Guardsmen

An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center selected 12 airmen out of 36 nominees for their Outstanding Airmen of the Year award, which is based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements. Two of the 12 winners were Reserve Component servicemembers: Master Sgt. Johan Ko from Air Force Reserve Command and Tech Sgt. Jason D. Selberg from the Air National Guard.

The 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2017 (listed alphabetically by major command):

  • Senior Master Sgt. Raymond T. Artis Jr., Pacific Air Forces
  • Senior Airman Kaitlyn J. Callahan, Air Force Global Strike Command
  • Senior Airman Brittany F. Fuentes, Air Mobility Command
  • Master Sgt. Johann Ko, Air Force Reserve Command
  • Staff Sgt. Stephen F. Lapointe, Air Force Special Operations Command
  • Master Sgt. Joshua D. Malyemezian, Air Combat Command
  • Senior Airman Nicole A. Moore, Air Education and Training Command
  • Tech. Sgt. Jason D. Selberg, Air National Guard
  • Senior Airman Kacper I. Sovinski, Air Force District of Washington
  • Master Sgt. Michael J. Stevens, Air Force Materiel Command
  • Master Sgt. Ashley T. Strong, Air Force Space Command
  • Staff Sgt. Kyle T. Wilson, United States Air Forces in Europe
The winners are authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon with the bronze service star device on the ribbon. They are also authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year badge for one year from the date of formal presentation. The remaining 24 nominees will also be authorized to wear of the OAYR

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Department Updates

ROA Department of the Golden West is hosting a
Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar

to be held:

20-22 April 2018 San Diego, CA

Consistent with its commitment to today's serving Reservists, the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Defense Education Forum (DEF) in conjunction with the Department of the Golden West (DoGW) will host a Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar (JOPDS) Program, 20-22 April 2018 located at Holiday Inn Bayside, San Diego, CA. Scheduling purpose only - JOPDS Program to follow at a later date.

The DoGW will conduct its Department Convention concurrent with this JOPDS.
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Military Life

Eighth Annual Warrior Games Concludes in Chicago

The annual Warrior Games took place from June 30th-July 8th in Chicago. This was the first time the Warrior Games took place in a city, not a military installation. More than 250 wounded and/or disabled servicemembers participated in the games, a Paralympic-style sporting competition.

There were seven teams dividing among the services, SoCOM, and two foreign teams from the U.K. and Australia respectively. The teams competed in eight different sporting events including track, field, cycling, swimming, shooting, archery, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. Each military service takes responsibility hosting the games with the Navy assuming hosting responsibilities this year. Next year, the Air Force will host the games at the Air Force Academy from June 2-9.

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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. 17069 ROA Testifies in Favor of Bill To Preclude Binding Arbitration of USERRA Disputes

STATE LEAVE LAWS UPDATE: We have updated All of our State Law Reviews relating to Military leave for State employees. Access these through the State Law Index

We are currently in the process of updating State Laws protecting National Guard members on State Active Duty and will post completion notice here.

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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

Youngstown State University Army ROTC Alumni Annual Summer Reunion Picnic
Date: July 29, 2017
Youngstown, Ohio

Contact MAJ (Ret) Dave Long -

USS Perkins (DD26, DD377, DDR877) 27th Annual Reunion
Date: August 17-19, 2017
Grapevine, TX
Contact: Billy & Sue Orr Phone: 903-583-7641

Yellowstone (AD-27) Association Reunion
August 23-27, 2017
Hilton Gardens, Columbus , Ga.
Contact: Paul W. Bowen, Secretary/Treasurer & Reunion Planner
Cell: 352-208-5400 Email:

. John R. Craig DD885
September 6-10, 2017
Norfolk, VA
Contact: Jerry Chwalek Phone: 734-525-1469

U.S.S. Midway Veterans Association
September 11–13, 2017
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1335 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Hotel: 619-232-3861

Randolph/CV-CVA-CVS 15
September 17-24, 2017
2008 Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
668 West Fifth St., Covington, KY 41011
Contact Sal Rizza, 321-454-2344

Ranger CVA/CV-61
(all former crew members, Squadrons, Marine detachment or T.A.D.’s)
September 20-23, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick RI
Contact: George Meoli Email:
Phone: 203-453-4279

U.S.S. Bremerton CA-130/SSN-698
24-29 September 2017
Portland, Oregon
Contact: N. Polanowski Ph. 585-365-2316

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Biennial Convention
September 24-28, 2017,
Dallas, Texas,
Contact: Bruce Huffman, Phone: 518-578-7089,

U.S.S. Saratoga CV-3, CVA-60, CV-60 66th Annual Reunion
Date: 27-30 Sept. 2017
Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY
POC: Ed McReady, 804-589-1170,

USS Bon Homme Richard Shipmates Association
September 26 thru October 1, 2017
Viscount Hotel, Tucson, AZ
Contact: Ray King
Phone: 715-456-5933

Wilhoite DE/DER 397
Date: October 2-5, 2017
Crowne Plaza Dayton Ph: 1-800-689-5586
33 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio
Contact: Elisabeth Kimball Email:
Ph: 479-280-2776 Website:

Sperry AS12 reunion
Oct 25 to 28, San Diego CA
Information at: or email
phone: 360 435-6919 if you have problem

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

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