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March 15, 2019


Reserve Component Mobilizations
ROA Update
Reserve Component News

Military Family
ROA Taps
Law Reviews


Col. Herb Harmon, USMC (Ret.), ROA Past National President, 1997-1998

It is with a sad heart that we share the news that ROA Past National President, Col. Herb Harmon, died March 10, 2019. Herb retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after 30 years which included active duty service in the Vietnam War where he received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.

In his civilian job he was the managing partner of Harmon & Wilmot, LLP, in Washington, D.C. His bar admissions included the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Federal Circuit. Colonel Harmon was inducted into the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame in 2001. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Diane Harmon, 1381 Brent Point Rd, Stafford, VA 22554-3316.
Semper Fidelis, Colonel Harmon!
We will especially miss his humor.”
Col. David Davenport, Past National President

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Department and Chapter Grassroots Efforts

This month ROA is focused on grassroots efforts that will take place for the annual “March on the Hill” event held in conjunction with the National Council and Leaders Conference. A legislative agenda and position papers will be available for you to provide as handouts during your Congressional meetings. A set of handouts will also be part of your registration package.

Here are some things to help you prepare for your “March on the Hill” Congressional meetings:

  • Bring a copy of your Department/Chapter newsletter or magazine from a nearby installation that has National Guard and Reserve assigned to provide an update on activities at the district and state level.

  • Consider printing news stories about how National Guard and Reserve servicemembers are engaged to give an idea of the many ways individual Reserve Component servicemembers contributes to the mission or give back to the community.

  • Go on your Congressional members website at U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to see what bills they have sponsored; be sure to thank them for their efforts when you visit.

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Veteran Unemployment

The Department of Labor released unemployment rates for Veterans for February 2019
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.7 Percent

In February 2019, the veteran unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from 3.5 percent in February 2018. This represents the lowest veteran unemployment rate in the month of February on record (data collection began in 2000). The non-veteran unemployment rate for February 2019 was 4.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted). View full report.

Latest Unemployment Numbers

  • National Unemployment Rate: 3.8% in February 2019
  • Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate: 4.0% in February2019
  • Veteran Unemployment Rate: 2.7% in February2019
  • Women Veterans Unemployment: 3.3% in February 2019
ROA resolution, 16-29 Make Veterans Preference More Than an Empty Promise, is intended to provide more opportunities for Reserve Component servicemembers to find employment by increasing the opportunity to qualify for the 5-point preference after 180 days of cumulative service instead of the current requirement for 180 days of consecutive service.

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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of March 12, 2019 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

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ROA Update

Why block citizenship to immigrants who defend America?
Op-Ed  by ROA member (

ROA member retired USAR Col. Monte Zimmerman’s first-person account of bureaucratic obstacles to citizen for a young enlistee immigrant – his son. READ MORE >


The Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 Academic
Year is Now Open

Applications are due by April 17, 2019, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone. The applicant portal link is

In its third year, ROA will award up to twenty $2500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees. READ MORE >

Coast Guard 13th District Enlisted Person of the Year Awards Banquet
By Larry L. Searle, LTC, USA, Retired, President, Department of Washington ROA

The Coast Guard 13th District held its Enlisted Person of the Year banquet at Coast Guard (CG) Base Seattle, Washington, on March 1, 2019. The 13th, along with all districts in the CG, holds this annual event to announce and recognize their Reserve and Active Duty Enlisted Persons of the Year. The selectees from the 13th District go on to compete at the Coast Guard national level against other district selections. The national winners have been recognized at the ROA National Convention in years past.

The ROA along with the CG Chiefs Association co-sponsor this event with support from private industries who also recognize the value of the Coast Guard in their communities. ROA was recognized from the podium several times along with other sponsors and was visible to all by the two large ROA banners hung on the wall of the gymnasium for all to see. Col. Jim Siscel and I were glad and privileged to represent the Department of Washington, along with members of the Pacific Northwest Coast Guard Chapter of the ROA as well.

Attendees were presented with a special keynote speaker, the Commandant of the Coast Guard
Admiral Karl L. Schultz who provided an excellent assessment of the current status of the Coast Guard and its many upcoming missions. Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden, Master Chief Timothy A. Beard, and Master Chief Jason K. Wong were also present as was Rear Admiral David G Throop, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard.

A total of nineteen enlisted Coast Guard personnel represented the best Reservists and Active Duty members from each of the 13th districts units who were recognized for outstanding performances in both their military and civilian activities while members of their units.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz, Petty Officer 2nd Class Margret Nicol, Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden, Command Master Chief Timothy A. Beard, and Command Master Chief Jason Wong (Left to Right)

They will now proceed to the Coast Guard wide competition. ROA congratulates them both for their hard work and dedication to the Coast Guard, their country and their communities. The dinner provided by the 13th galley was delicious!

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Book Review

Not for happy hour: Cocktails from Hell,
by Col. Austin Bay, USAR (Ret.)
(Available on

ROA life member and retired Army Reserve Col Austin Bay (, who holds a doctorate from Columbia University, adds to his catalog of national security and defense analyses with this latest work that examines five current conflicts. Worth a read; here are some reviews:

“In this comprehensive and educational ‘primer’, Colonel Austin Bay distills the essence of five contemporary Regional Conflicts in terms that the reader does not receive from current Media Headlines. His metaphor for a ‘Cocktail from Hell’ is literally the recipe for the current Geo-political ‘hangover’ of the 21st Century. Beginning with an Introduction that guides the reader thru the maze of ‘knowns and unknowns’, Colonel Bay demystifies the hidden motives behind ‘broken’ Treaties and disregarded Alliances. His global weather forecast captures the current climate changes in North Korea, China, Russia, the Congo and Yemen. The historical illustrations are superb and reflect the emerging motives of the key leaders within these governments.

Colonel Bay previously wrote Embrace the Suck, which got good reviews.
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Reserve Component News

ROA members can stay current on news about the Reserve Component by signing up to receive ROA’s SmartBrief. This is a twice a week snapshot of news relevant to the reserve community with articles from Military Times, Stars and Stripes, The Hill's DEFCON Hill blog and other leading sources.


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Military Family

Staying on Track Financially During Separation

Frequent or unexpected separations can make it challenging to stay on track towards financial goals. This can be especially tricky when that service member is in the National Guard or Reserves and periods of separation are not as common.

This is why it is so important for couples to work together to make sure the budget and money don’t fly out the window just because the service member is away on a mission.

for some important things to consider for establishing and maintaining financial goals in your military household.
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USAA Financial Advice

From changes in the military to changing family needs, USAA has advice and tools to help you through important life events.

More than $17,000 in Prizes Up for Grabs in Three Exchange Sweepstakes

DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers worldwide can spring into action with a chance at winning more than $17,000 in prizes with
three sweepstakes.

Military shoppers age 18 and older can visit to enter:

  • Trolli Sweepstakes (March 1 through March 21): Three winners will receive a basketball autographed by NBA All-Star James Harden. Each prize is valued at $500. Winners will be notified by April 15.
  • Bose Soundsport Wireless Headphones Sweepstakes (March 1 through March 31): Five winners will receive a pair of Bose Soundsport wireless headphones plus a $100 Exchange gift card. Each prize is valued at $249.Winners will be contacted by April 15.
  • Monster Energy KHS Mountain Bike Sweepstakes (March 1 through April 30): Twenty grand-prize winners will each receive a KHS Zacha 29er mountain bike plus a bike helmet. Each prize is valued at $614. Thirty second-prize winners will each receive a bike helmet, each valued at $75. Winners will be notified by May 17.
No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

Honorably discharged Veterans who have verified their eligibility to shop the Exchange online can enter the sweepstakes. Veterans can find out more on the Exchange’s community Hub page at
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ROA TAPS for January 2019

(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During February 2019, 76 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. 19027 Where to Find Federal and State Laws Online that Protect Students whose Educational Careers Are Interrupted by Military Service
No. 19028 The SCRA Forbids Non-Judicial Foreclosure of the Personal or Real Property of the Active Duty Service Member
No. 19029 Employer Must Make Prompt Payments to Employee’s Retirement Account after Employee Returns from Military Service
No. 19030 USERRA Protects Absence from Civilian Job for Examination To Determine Fitness To Serve
No. 19031 USERRA Protects Absence from a Civilian Job for Military Medical Examination but not Treatment
No. 19032 Don’t Conflate the Five-Year Limit with the 90-day Deadline To Apply for Reemployment

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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

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:

Swift Boat Sailor Association 2019 Reunion
May 1-6, 2019 • Holiday Inn Riverwalk
217 N St Mary’s Street San Antonio, TX 78205
Info & Sign up: SBSA website

USS Ticonderoga Vets Association (CV/CVA/CVS14/CG-47) Annual Reunion
May 16-20, 2019
Sheraton Hotel, Albuquerque, NM,
Contact: David Graf

USS Carpenter DD825 Reunion
Date: 16-20 May, 2019
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact: Jimmie Kennedy • Phone: 714-776-4019

USS Hornet CVS-12 & Apollo 50, 71st Reunion
All Ship's Company, Officers, Air Groups, Crew, Marines and Families Welcomed.
July 18-22, 2019. Oakland, CA

POC: Sandy Burket, PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA 16673
Or 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 ABNAKI ATF96 Reunion 2019
Date: 23-27 September 2019
Location: Comfort Inn – Traverse City, Michigan
Richard Beaver • Phone: 231-384-5757

455/91 SMW/MW/SW Operations Reunion
Dates: 24 - 29 September 2019
Location: Holiday Inn on the Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX.
POC: Richard Sarfin, 210-818-9402 (C), 210-684-9758 (H),

US Army, 31stEngineer Battalion Association Reunion
Date: October 3-6, 2019
Location: Danvers, MA, 01832
POC: Wilson L. Brown • Phone: (508) 294-5869

RED HORSE and Prime BEEF Association 2019 Convention
All Red Horse (RH) & Prime Beef (PB) Members past & present:
Date: 8-12 October, 2019. Bring your spouse
Location: Silverton Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
Info: Dick Aldinger • Phone: (407) 859-7436
E-mail: • Website:

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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