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July 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

Trump praises military for keeping U.S. ‘safe, strong, proud’

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as he greets military families during an afternoon picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump on 4 July praised the U.S. military for keeping America “safe, strong, proud, mighty and free” and used the Independence Day holiday to thank members of the Active and Reserve Components for being willing to put their lives on the line in defense of the nation.

“Two hundred and 42 years ago on July 4, 1776, America’s founders adopted the Declaration of independence and changed the course of human history,” said Trump, addressing hundreds of military families attending a White House picnic from a balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House.

“But our freedom exists only because there are brave Americans willing to give their lives, to defend it and defend our great country,” added Trump, who was accompanied by his wife, Melania. “America’s liberty has been earned through the blood, sweat and sacrifice of American patriots.” READ MORE>

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ROA’s messaging campaign raises RC profile in corporate appreciation programs

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, recently started contacting U.S. companies that have military appreciation programs to congratulate and thank them for their efforts. Some companies, both large and small, express their gratitude and appreciation to service members by offering special promotions or discounts. The goal of these companies is to show thanks to members of the armed forces who are currently serving or retired by singling them out with the program. However, in a few cases, companies do not include members of the Reserve Component in their ad campaign and ROA looks to correct that by bringing attention to the fact that “n
early one-half of America’s military strength is in our Reserve Components”, and while “a serving Reservist or Guardsman may not at the moment be on some sort of active duty, it is likely he or she have been or will be. They are truly “twice the citizen.” READ MORE>

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ROA works to get a VA headstone inscribed correctly

Col. Ralph Hockley, (Ret.) USA, recently worked with ROA to get a headstone for a ROA member’s family. Ralph was contacted by a servicemember’s family after their father passed. The daughter explained the Department of Veterans Affairs would not inscribe Korean war service on the headstone because they could not present a DD Form 214 since his military records were destroyed in the National Personnel Record Center, St. Louis fire in 1973. The family found a 214 for World War II in their father’s personal records but his family wanted both wars inscribed on the headstone. Ralph was able to get a copy of their father’s Korean Silver Star award from the Korean War Project and ROA worked with VA to accept this document. ROA continues to work with the House and Senate Veteran Affairs’ Committee to establish an approved military personnel document list for National Guard and Reserve members to use when a DD Form 214
is not available.
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Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of 10 July 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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    ROA Update    
The second of the new podcast series "ROA Update” addresses military appreciation marketing campaigns and inclusion of the Reserve Components, and an update on the discharge of immigrant recruits, with ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips.  VIEW PODCAST >

Army Reserve Update

A new Army PT test is on its way. This is not a drill.

A soldier with the Washington National Guard positions a 10-pound medicine ball as part of the standing power throw test event during a pilot Army Combat Readiness Test Aug. 4, 2017, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. (Photo: Stephanie Slater/Army)

Yes, a new fitness test is here, but don’t panic: It’ll be a couple more years before you’re taking it for the record, but will impact both the Active and Reserve Components.

Army officials unveiled a new gender- and age-neutral PT test on 9 July, and it’s set to replace the run/sit-ups/push-ups protocol that soldiers have known and hated for the past four decades. The new test is expected to be rolled out by late 2020.

The reason for that, the head of the Center for Initial Military Training told Army Times in a Friday phone interview, is an upcoming year-long field study to determine how to grade the new six-event Army Combat Fitness Test, and how it will affect personnel policies like promotions and separations.

That study will begin this October, Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost said, bringing the new regimen to about 60 battalions across every unit type in the Army. “This is a generational, cultural change in fitness for the United States Army, and will be a cornerstone of individual soldier combat readiness,” Frost said. “That’s how big this is for the Army.” READ MORE>
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Army Guard soldiers to see changes in Tuition Assistance program

GI Bill Manager Sgt. Eric Rasmussen and Federal Tuition Assistance Manager Sgt. 1st Class Teresa Anthony discuss education benefits in the Minnesota National Guard's Education Office in Saint Paul, Minn.

Changes to the Army National Guard’s Tuition Assistance program are set to go into effect Aug. 5, allowing Army Guard members immediate access to benefits after they complete basic and Advanced Individual Training, said Army Guard officials.

Previously, soldiers had to complete AIT and then, when they came back to their units they had to wait a year before they could use the education benefits and were required to complete 10 years of service to use Tuition Assistance to pursue a master’s degree. READ MORE>

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Naval Services Update

Defense travel system available to USMC Reservists

(Photo: U.S. Air National Guard)

Beginning this summer, Reserve Marine units will have more control and flexibility in travel planning with the launch of the Defense Travel System for Reservists. The Defense Travel System is the only online travel system authorized for use by Department of Defense members for official travel.

"The DTS Reserve Implementation Project is in its first phase of rollout,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Cunningham, the DTS-Reserve Implementation Project Manager. “Marine Forces Reserve units and Individual Mobilization Augmentee’s are being on-boarded throughout 2018, and will only use DTS for Schools orders, and Active Duty for Operational Support-Reserve Component orders this year.”

Beginning in early 2019, Annual Training orders for individuals, and Active Duty Operational Support-Active Component orders will be added. Future phases are being planned to maximize reserve use of DTS for official travel. READ MORE>

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USCGR Victims advocate receives state award


USCGR Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat was awarded the Unsung Hero Award from Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring at the attorney general's office in Richmond, Virginia, on April 12, 2018. Dufrat has been the manager of the victim-support program for the last 16 years. Her staff offers information and services to victims and witnesses with the goal of reducing confusion during what can be a complicated, lengthy ordeal.

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Air Force Update

PTSD and suicide affect the whole family

Stacey Pavenski is shown with her service dog, after losing her husband. Air Force Master Sgt. Pete Pavenski took his own life Sept. 18, 2018 after suffering years from PTSD due to combat-search-and-rescue missions where he helped to save injured servicemembers. Stacey is now taking time to work with several non-profit organizations that aid those suffering with PTSD by sharing her story. “She wants those who are hurting and may be contemplating suicide to have access to the resources and she wants them to know they are not alone. She said PTSD does not have to mean suicide.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cathleen Snow)

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Delaware National Guard deploy

More than one hundred Airmen assigned to the 166th Airlift Wing deployed with C-130H aircraft to Southwest Asia in support of the United States Central Command, June 25 and 27, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del. The 166th Airlift Wing maintains C-130H Hercules aircraft to provide airdrop of troops, cargo and passengers. They also perform aeromedical evacuations and civil engineer functions. READ HERE

The CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) spans more than 4 million square miles and is populated by more than 550 million people from 22 ethnic groups, speaking 18 languages with hundreds of dialects and confessing multiple religions which transect national borders.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by
                                                                                        Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

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Military Family

DoD Be There for Peer Support Center

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 (including the 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. Services include:

  • Emotional support for those overseas, or for those who need support in dealing with stressors related to deployments or combat.
  • Problem solving strategies for every day stressors such as career, relationships, and financial problems.
  • Resources and referrals for a wide array of issues such as medical needs, Victim Advocate support, higher education, transition/retirement plans, and Family Advocacy assistance.
  • Works with callers in crisis to stabilize the situation, and then make the most appropriate referral for suitable treatment.
  • Service members who have contacted the DoD BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center will receive follow up communications from peer counselors to ensure appropriate services were provided.

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. 18054 You Have the Right to Reemployment even if that Means that another Employee Must Be Displaced
No. 18055 You Must Track your own Five-Year Limit—Part 2
No. 18056 Veteran with Entry Level Separation Has the Right to Reemployment
No. 18057 Military and Overseas Voting in the 2018 Mid-Term Elections
No. 18058 Instructive New USERRA Case
No. 18059 Beware of Asserting Inconsistent Claims—Part 2

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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

National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association's 100th Reunion
Dates: July 30 - August 4, 2018
Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center • Ph: 920.494.7300
2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313
POC: Roger or Linda Dufek 920-860-1630 or at

Society of the First Infantry Division, "Big Red One" 2018 Reunion

Dates: August 1-5, 2018
Location: Westin Lombard, Ambler PA 19002
Contact: • PH 215-654-1969

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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