ROA Reserve Voice
June 15, 2017
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Legislative Update


ROA Attends the Reserve Forces Policy Board Quarterly Meeting

ROA attended the Reserve Forces Policy Board’s quarterly meeting in the Pentagon. RFPB advises the Secretary of Defense on reserve component issues and suggests changes in policy and legislation benefiting reserve component servicemembers.

Here are the RFPB’s main policy recommendations for the Secretary of Defense


1.) GO/FO 3 star: Recommend a legislative proposal reinstating the requirement that the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Directors of the Army and Air National Guard, and the chiefs of the Reserve Component have the rank of O-9.

2.) TSP Contribution: Recommend supporting H.R. 1317 and S.492, “The Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act.” The act allows servicemembers to make the maximum allowable contribution to their military thrift savings plan without it affecting how much they can contribute to their civilian employment retirement plan. (ROA personally recommended this to RFPB’s Personnel subcommittee)

3.) 12301 (a) Medical Hold: Recommend supporting GI Bill Fairness Act of 2017 adding Title 10 12301 (a) as period of active duty to Title 38, section 3301 (1)(B) for the purpose of accruing Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.


1.) 12302: Support the renewal of 12302 authority for FY 2018 to allow enough National Guard and Reserve servicemembers to be activated and deployed

2.) 12304b: Support H.R. 1384 and S.667, which would prove benefit parity for servicemembers deployed under 12304b duty orders.

ROA Attends Meeting Outlining Arlington National Cemetery’s Future

Arlington National Cemetery is set to reach maximum capacity by the early 2040s. A Congressionally mandated report by the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery has proposed several options for extending that capacity well into the future in order to serve the nation’s servicemembers and veterans. The Reserve Officers Association presents a summary and analysis of that report, and offers its positions on the future of Arlington National Cemetery.

Click here to find out more about ROA’s positions and counter proposals.

Law Center Tackles Burial Question

Q: My father was a retired Army Reserve Colonel and a life member of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA). My father graduated from college in 1965 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, via the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). He then served on active duty for four years, including a year in Vietnam. In 1969, my father was released from active duty and affiliated with the Army Reserve. He served in that capacity for the next 25 years, until he retired in 1994.

My father passed away quite recently, and I am making the funeral arrangements. I heard my father say, on more than one occasion, that he wanted to be buried in a national cemetery operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At my request, the funeral director contacted the closest VA national cemetery and was told that we must produce a copy of my father’s DD-214 before he can be buried in a national cemetery.

What is a DD-214? If I cannot find this form in my father’s papers, how do I obtain a duplicate? Is there a way to obtain the duplicate DD-214 in a hurry, so that we can honor my father’s wishes without having to delay the funeral?

A: In 1969, when he left active duty, your father received a very important form—the DD-214. The form shows the date that he entered active duty, in 1965, and the date that he left active duty, in 1969. The form shows that he served in Vietnam for a year. The form shows that he served honorably. If he earned and was awarded any military medals during his active duty period, the DD-214 should show that information.

If you cannot find the 1969 DD-214 in your father’s papers, go to the following website:

This company will find your father’s DD-214 and send you a duplicate by e-mail, probably on the same day that you make the request. The charge for this expedited service is $79. You will probably spend that money cheerfully, to avoid having to postpone the funeral.

If you are not in such a hurry, and if you don’t want to spend $79, you can order a duplicate DD-214 or other military record from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. See: You should expect to wait some weeks for the form when you order by this method.

You need the DD-214 for many important reasons, not just for burial in a VA national cemetery. If you cannot find the DD-214 that you received when you left active duty, you should order a duplicate copy today.

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Doctor First to Help at Shooting: 'I Felt Like I Was Back in Iraq'

ROA life member Rep. Brad Wenstrup (CO-2), a doctor and a colonel in the Army Reserve, was among those helping at the June 14 shooting at a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Photo courtesy of the Center for Security Policy.  READ MORE on
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Army Update

Army Submits FY 2018 Budget Wish List, Includes 7,000 RC Personnel

The U.S. Army submitted a
$12.7B FY 2018 wish list outlining their main priorities, which were not included in the FY 2018 budget request. Their wish list includes increasing the Total Force by 17,000. That 17,000 is broken down into 10,000 active duty, 4,000 Army National Guard, and 3,000 Army Reserve personnel.

Besides increasing the total force numbers for the Army, the wish list requests money for more munition stockpiles, modernizing brigade combat teams and vertical lift units, procuring more aircraft, and other equipment modernization efforts.

Pennsylvania National Guard Participates in Joint European Exercise

About 30 Pennsylvania National Guardsmen participated in Saber Knight, a joint European exercise. Participating nations included Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, and Slovakia.

Saber Knight is part of the larger Joint U.S.-European Saber Strike exercise conducted since 2010. The National Guard units picked up valuable experience interacting with their Scandinavian and Baltic counterparts. This is increasingly important as Russia becomes more assertive in the Scandinavian and Baltic region.

Pennsylvania National Guard members at the conclusion of Saber Knight, a command post exercise in Estonia from May 27 to June 4. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army National Guard)

Combined Resolve VIII with National Guard

Army National Guard units participate in the ongoing Combined Resolve VIII exercise. The exercise includes over ten NATO countries and 3,400 participants. The overall aim is to practice coordination in order to more effectively conduct ground operations against a NATO adversary like Russia.

Navy Update

President Trump Nominates Richard Spencer for Naval Secretary

President Trump has nominated Richard V. Spencer, an investment banker and former Marine aviator. Spencer served in the Marine Corps from 1976 to 1981.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Spencer entered the business world where he worked at various Wall Street firms. He was the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for the International Commodity Exchange program from 2001 to 2008. He currently is the Managing Director of Fall Creek Management LLC.

Beyond his business acumen, Spencer has worked in advisory roles for the government. From 2009 to 2015, he served on the Defense Science Board, an advisory committee tasked with helping DoD navigate technological and acquisition issues. In that same vein, since December, Spencer has served as a technical adviser on the Chief Naval Operations Executive Panel.

U.S. Navy Shows Potential of Immersive VR

During Fleet Week, the United States Navy launched a recruiting process that features a virtual reality experience, where users are placed inside different tactical scenarios. The whole point of the system was to increase recruitment through a real world process so future Sailors could get a glimpse of what their service would be like.

The Navy reached its enlistment goals last year with 30,986 active and 7,146 reserve components. The active components this year alone have risen by 4,000, which could be attributed to this new virtual reality recruitment process. READ MORE

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    Marine Corps Update

The Military shines in NASA’s next astronauts

7 of the 12 men and women who made it into NASA’s 2017 astronaut candidate class are members of the military. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Dominick was commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and has been deployed twice as a Naval fighter pilot.

Former Navy SEAL Jonny Kim served as a special warfare operator on SEAL Team Three as a combat medic, sniper, navigator, and point man on more than 100 combat missions. He later was commissioned into the medical corps through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Marine Corps Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli received a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Before being selected by NASA, she was testing H-1 helicopters and serving as the quality assurance and avionics officer for Marine Operational Test and Evaluation in Arizona.

Navy Lt. Kayla Barron graduate from the Naval Academy, and attended the Navy’s nuclear power and submarine officer training before being assigned to the USS Maine.
Coast Guard Update

Admiral Paul Zukunft on the proposed cuts to the Coast Guard budget

The President proposed a $1 billion cut to the Coast Guard’s budget back in March; after outcry from legislators and servicemembers, the President ultimately decided to keep the budget flat from FY17.  Admiral Paul Zukunft believes the Coast Guard can often be forgotten, considering only 4% of the branches budget is funded through the Department of Defense.

Admiral Zukunft worries that potential future cuts to the Coast Guard budget could hurt the reserve components the most. Discussing funding levels, the Admiral said: “We’ve made some difficult choices in the past… We trimmed 1,100 billets out of our reserve component, which right now is the smallest it has been since the Korean War… This is not a good place for us to be”. 
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Air Force Update

Air Force Sends $10.7B in Unfunded Priorities to Congress

The Air Force
submitted a $10.7B FY 2018 budget wish list. Nearly two-thirds of the wish list is devoted towards readiness and modernization. The remaining 1/3 of the budget (around $4B) is divided amongst space programs, nuclear deterrence, cyber, infrastructure, and other sundry programs.  Included in the Air Force procurement is 14 more F-35As and three KC-46 tankers.

Air Force Opens Up International Affairs Positions for Guardsmen, Reservists

The Air Force has
opened up two international affairs occupations for Guardsmen and Reservist officers under the Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty program (VLADP). VLADP allows Guardsmen and reservists to work in vacant active-duty jobs for up to three years.

two specialties are regional affairs strategist and political-military affairs strategist. The main functions of these specialties is providing language skills and foreign affairs expertise. Foreign affairs talent is absolutely critical as the U.S. remains engaged in Iraq, Afghanistan, and increasingly, in Eastern Europe.

For those Reserve Component airmen who are interested, there is information on their
myPers account.

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Department News

Memphis ROA Chapter members supported the 2017 Walk to Cure Arthritis, June 3, manning a water station for the participants. The walk raised $145,084 for the national Arthritis Foundation.

Left photo, from left:  Lt. Col. Mark Lane, USAR; and Lt. Col. Peter Eng, USAR (Ret.) Not shown but present: Maj. Gen. Rob Williamson, USA (Ret.) and Lt. Col. Judith Pruitt, USAR (Ret.).
Right photo, from left:  Lt. Col. John R. Cochran, chapter president, USAR (Ret.);  Lt. Col. Frank Navarra, USAR (Ret.); and Lt. Col. Jim Thomasson, USAFR (Ret.).

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Military Life

Eligibility for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program includes
“gray area” retirees

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is available to all military retirees (including “gray area” retirees under age 60) and their eligible family members, unremarried surviving spouses and their eligible children, as well as Medal of Honor recipients and their eligible immediate family members.  The program covers cleanings, exams, fillings, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental accidents on the first day that coverage becomes effective; after 12 months of being in the program, it then covers crowns, bridges, partials, braces and dental implants.  (New retirees who enroll within four months after retirement from the Uniformed Services or transfer to Retired Reserve status are eligible to waive the 12-month waiting period for major services; supporting documentation is required)

The TRDP provides every enrollee an annual maximum of $1,300 per person, a $1,200 annual maximum for dental accidents and a $1,750 lifetime maximum for orthodontics. It is important to note that the money that the TRDP pays out for preventive and diagnostic services doesn’t count against the annual maximum – those benefits are in addition to the $1,300. Retirees can find more information on the program, as well as enroll 24/7/365, online by visiting

TRDP enrollees realize the maximum program savings (an average of 22%) when seeing a network provider. To find a network provider, as well as utilize the
Consumer Toolkit to view processed claims, see annual maximum information, sign up to receive paperless Explanation of Benefits and more, please visit You can also obtain more information by contacting Joe Montoya at

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * Springfield, VA, June 22, 2017

You are invited to attend the June 22 Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair and meet face-to-face with representatives from Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, CSRA, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Leidos, MillerCoors, New York Life, AECOM, PenFed, Fulcrum IT, YRCI, LMI, and more!

Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm, with an Employer Panel discussion starting at 8 am.  The Waterford Reception Center is located at 6715 Commerce Street in Springfield, Virginia.

Business attire recommended. Bring many copies of your resume.  Be sure to research the companies in advance, including contacting people you know who are working there and ask for their assistance in matching your skills and experience with open jobs.

For more information and to register for the event, visit By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you'll receive the job fair employer directory in advance, and give the participating companies early access to your credentials.

Lowe’s Military Discount

Lowe’s is changing their process for using your military/veteran discount.  Starting 1 June, you must now be registered in “mylowe’s” to use the 10 percent discount in their stores or on-line.  “Lowe's established the 10% Military Discount to extend our gratitude to the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country in the US armed forces.” Military discounts apply to the following categories:

  • US armed forces include active and reserve members of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard and the National Guard.
  • Veteran includes all individuals who are retired from the US armed forces or who have been discharged (e.g., honorable, under honorable condition, general). Individuals dishonorably discharged or for bad conduct are not eligible to receive a military discount.
  • Immediate Family: Spouses and/or dependent children (up to 18 years old)

Veterans Can Visit for Exchange Online Shopping Authentication

As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged Veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, has launched to confirm eligibility to receive a lifelong military exchange online shopping.

Veterans may log onto, which will use information from DoD’s Defense Manpower Data Center’s records and inform them of their ability to access this new benefit. If a Veteran’s record has character of service data and that data meets the criteria for the online benefit, the Veteran will be verified to shop.

Then, beginning on Nov. 11, the Veteran can log onto to the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy Exchange websites at,, and for tax-free shopping. If a Veteran’s information is incomplete, will provide guidance on next steps. 

Extending online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged Veterans will directly improve family and support programs for Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members as well as their families. Increased sales and earnings as a result of Veterans online shopping benefit have the potential to generate tens of millions of dollars in additional dividends to Quality-of-Life programs. These funds decrease taxpayers’ burden to support services and programs on military installations around the world. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Coast Guard Exchange Marine Corps Exchange and Navy Exchange currently provide more than $300 million in support for military Quality-of-Life programs annually.

FEMA Job Opportunit

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit for additional information.

Position: Technological Hazards Program Assistant
View/download position requirements (pdf)

DHS is Hiring Veterans

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking veterans for hundreds of job opportunities in mission critical and mission support occupations across the agency.  DHS has an immediate need to fill these critical vacancies, and is the ideal employer to maximize the skills and training you acquired while serving your country.
View/download Flyer for details (pdf)

Exchange Giving Shoppers Chance to Win a 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Motorcycle

Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers worldwide can enter to win a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the Dr Pepper Refresh, Win & Ride Sweepstakes! Through June 30, authorized shoppers can enter at One lucky winner will win a 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight motorcycle, an $11,199 value. For more information, visit
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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. 17055 Don’t Carp about “Burdens” that Military Personnel Impose on the Rest of us
No. 17056 USERRA Does Not Permit a Declaratory Judgment Suit Initiated by the Employer
No. 17057 Police Department Must Give Reemployed Service Member the Opportunity To Take a Make-up Promotion Examination
No. 17058 USERRA Rights of the Returning Disabled Veteran
No. 17059 Person Entering Military Service Has the Right To Terminate an Apartment Lease
No. 17060 Military Absentee Ballots Must Go Out at Least 45 Days Before Election Day
No. 17061 Career Service Member Is Eligible To Vote in the Community where she Lived before Enlisting
No. 17062 New Supreme Court Decision on Dividing Military Retired Pay in Divorce

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    ROA Reunion Notice
    1 Constitution Ave NE
    Washington, DC 20002

“Big Red One” 98th Annual Reunion
Hosted by Society of the First Infantry Division
Date: July 26-30, 2017
Location: Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Details & reservation forms are available on Society’s website:,
Email: or Phone: 215-654-1969

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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