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January 15, 2019


Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update
Military Life
Jobs on the Hill
Law Reviews

ROA launches revised STARs website

You can now access the updated STARs website. The website is easy to navigate and provides an explanation of the purpose for ROA’s Stand Together for America’s Reservist. It also includes a link to STARs in School program. Finally, it includes information on the Pershing Society purpose and donation levels.

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ROA member recognized by governor

Col. Paul Hettich recently was recognized by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Governor Bruce Rauner. He was recognized as part of their bicentennial for his, “…time, energy, and contributions to your fellow veterans, service members, and local community, are recognized as going above and beyond the call of duty.”

According to his bio, “Colonel (Retired) Hettich is an Eagle Scout from Antioch Troop 92 and is the Cub Scout Cub Master for St. Bede’s Cub Scout Pack 111. He is involved with the Antioch American Legion, Antioch Mason’s, Antioch VFW, and St. Bede’s Knights of Columbus (Fourth Degree). Colonel (Retired) Hettich is a Board Member of The Eagle Nature Foundation, LTD in Apple River, Illinois; the Treasurer on the Board of Director's for the Petite Lake Gardens Home Owners Association, Antioch, Illinois; and a Board Member for the Antioch Parks and Recreation Commission. Colonel (Retired) Hettich is a Board Officer with the Illinois Chapter of the Reserve Officer’s Association and he is a U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for the state of Illinois.”

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Legislative Update

ROA ‘welcomes to the neighborhood’ incoming congressionals

On January 3, ROA joined with Minuteman Memorial Headquarters building tenants USAA and Norfolk Southern in a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” reception greeting 116th Congressional Members to Capitol Hill on the first day of the session.

This is the second time ROA has hosted a reception for representatives and senators newly inaugurated into the Congress, as well as their staff.

“We were excited that Theresa Eugene from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation attended so we could say thank you for Senator Thune’s bill, S. 21.,” said ROA’S deputy director of legislation and military policy, Susan Lukas, a retired USAFR lieutenant colonel and veteran of Capitol Hill legislative campaigns. This bill restores pay to the Coast Guard as a result of the government shutdown. Senator Thune is chair on the Commerce Committee.

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CALL TO ACTION!S-21 and H.R. 350 Pay Our Coast Guard Act

S. 21 (Senator Thune, R-SD) and H.R. 350 (Representative Van Drew, NJ) are bills to provide pay to the Coast Guard during a continuing appropriation or shutdown. The appropriations bill would provide the Coast Guard:

  • pay and allowances for members of the Coast Guard, civilian employees, and contractors;
  • the payment of a death gratuity, funeral travel, and the temporary continuation of the basic allowance for housing for dependents of members of the Coast Guard dying on active duty; and
  • retired pay.

Check HERE for co-sponsors to S. 21.
HERE for co-sponsors to H.R. 350.


I am calling to ask Senator ________________ to co-sponsor S. 21 to provide appropriations to the Coast Guard. This bill will provide pay to the Coast Guard even during a shutdown or continuing resolution. Coast Guard Reserve members are the only surge force to augment the security mission for ports, waterways and the coast.

I am calling to ask Representative ________________ to co-sponsor H.R. 350 to provide appropriations to the Coast Guard. This bill will provide pay to the Coast Guard even during a shutdown or continuing resolution. Coast Guard Reserve members are the only surge force to augment the security mission for ports, waterways and the coast.

CALL TO ACTION!H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam
Veterans Act of 2019

Please ask your Representative to sponsor House bill H.R. 299 (Rep Takano, D-CA-41) so it can go to the floor for vote. The same bill that in the 115th had 330 co-sponsors and should be able to meet and then exceed that number this year.

Check HERE for co-sponsors to H.R. 299.
There is not a companion bill in the Senate, as of January 11, 2019.


I am calling to ask Representative ________________ to co-sponsor H.R. 299 for Blue Water Navy veterans. It is time to pass this bill and help our Vietnam Veterans get the health care they need for exposure to Agent Orange. The Vietnam War ended over 40 years ago and it is unacceptable that our Veterans should have to wait for a service-connected disability.
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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of January 8, 2019 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

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Army Reserve Update

New OCAR senior legislative liaison promoted!

LTC Monica Hock (2nd from left) during her January 4th promotion to 0-6. In attendance were Navy DAS for Installations and Facilities James Balocki (1st from left), Colonel Hock’s daughter and parents. (Photo: ROA)

ROA is proud to announce the promotion of Monica Hock to the rank of colonel. Hock, a native of Des Moines, IA (site of ROA’s 2019 national convention, Sept. 26-29), is the primary POC for the ROA legislative team with the Chief of Army Reserve’s Legislative Affairs Division in Washington, D.C. ROA looks forward to working with her and her team.

Just hours away from her promotion, Lieutenant Colonel Promotable Hock was at the “Welcome to the Neighborhood” reception held at ROA Jan. 3 for incoming members of Congress; we toasted here there.

ROA offers our thanks and congratulations to outgoing Col. Greg Scheidhauer, who will retire from the post. Colonel Scheidhauer did a tremendous job representing the Army Reserve and working with ROA to enable our association to help strengthen Army Reserve readiness.

ROA has a long and established working relationship with the office of the Chief of Army Reserve; ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, himself a retired Army Reserve officer, met with Assistant Chief of Army
Reserve Stephen D. Austin in the Pentagon last week, discussing the USAR’s needs and how ROA can better help out.

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Army Guard members reflect on busy 2018, look ahead to 2019

Soldiers with the NC Army National Guard's 690th Brigade Support Battalion assist North Carolina Department of Transportation personnel with recovering snow plows and assisting stuck drivers during a winter storm, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photo by Sgt. Joe Roudabush)

The National Guard – in all 50 states, DC and territories -- closed out a busy year that saw many Guard members deploy overseas, take part in international training exercises, and respond to emergencies and large-scale natural disasters at home. READ MORE>

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Naval Services Update

New Navy cyber warfare development group reserve unit opens

Capt. James Lee, left, the commanding officer of a new Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group Reserve unit, presents a “plank owner” plaque to Rear Adm. James Butler, deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command for the new command. (U.S. Navy photo by 2nd Class William Sykes)

Navy Reserve leaders formally inaugurated a new Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG) Reserve unit during a ceremony at Club Meade, MD on January 4th, 2019. The unit will provide support in four areas: acquisitions, program and project management, research and development, and technical expertise.

“This new Reserve unit will leverage reservists’ skill sets to support the active duty NCWDG component and its overall mission to test and deliver advanced cyber, cryptologic and electronic warfare capabilities to the Navy” said Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (FCC), Rear Adm. James Butler.
The new NCWDG will serve as the Navy's Center for Cyber Warfare innovation and will include up to 300 enlisted and officers.

ROA played a BIG role in advocating and supporting a congressional cyber agenda in the 115th Congress, to include: expanding the cyber mission for the Guard and Reserve; increasing the number of RC cyber units; and increasing the end strength for Guard and Reserve cyber units. READ MORE>

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Navy Seabees and Marines 'invade' Catalina Island (CA)

A CH-53E helicopter with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by David Bickel)

Currently approximately 75 active and reserve U.S. Marines and Navy Seabees are working to repave the 3,000-foot runway on Catalina Island, CA. The notoriously tricky airstrip high atop Santa Catalina Island 20-miles off the coast of Los Angeles has been in desperate need of repairs for years.

The military, in cooperation with the
nonprofit Catalina Island Conservancy, have established a “war game” process for the $5-million project with dual purposes: allow military forces to train, respond and repair an important runway in a challenging island setting while fixing a problem that can make takeoffs and landings a daunting prospect for even the most experienced pilots. The 75-year-old runway repairs will be funded by donations to the conservancy and is intended to keep the airstrip open for decades to come. READ MORE>

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Air Force Update

Charleston AFB Reservists deliver humanitarian aid to Guatemala

U.S. Air Force photo

Guatemalan fire and rescue personnel received 8000 pounds of equipment from the 315 Airlift Wing. This mission also provided flying hours and training for the C-17 aircrew. The donated equipment was flown under the Denton Program named after the Jeremiah Denton Amendment.

The legislation was named after Cmdr. Jeremiah Denton Jr. who blinked the word T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code during an interview while he was a North Vietnam prisoner of war. After his retirement from the Navy he served as a United States Senator.

(U.S. Navy Photo by 1st Class RJ Stratchko)

The Navy recently announced they would name an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer after the Senator.

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Arkansas Air National Guard exercises in Guatemala

The 189 Airlift Wing and 188th Airlift wing completed medical readiness training (MEDRETE) by treating more than 2,000 patients. Master Sgt. Colton Guilliams, pictured, was in Guatemala in charge of public health but then used his civilian biomedical equipment technician skills to repair medical equipment. To do so he and Master Sgt. William Darnall drove around the city to find parts.

Master Sgt. Colton Guilliams troubleshoots one of the three ventilators brought in from the neonatal intensive care unit at a hospital in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jessica Condit)

“While Guilliams and Darnall are finished with the MEDRETE, their plans for future support continue. From fundraisers to equipment collection, the pair are currently thinking of creative ideas to provide even more support for hospitals similar to the one the two visited in Guatemala. Other ideas the two have are training hospital staff to fix the equipment on their own, effectively removing the Band-Aid to create a permanent solution.” READ MORE>
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Military Family

2019 brings major changes to state and federal veterans' benefits

With a new year come new laws and regulations. Many new federal and state-specific regulations and laws impact military members and veterans. Several states have new tax or fee waivers and rules for military members or veterans. And expanded federal benefits include certain expansions to the GI Bill as well as an expansion of Space-A travel to 100 percent disabled veterans. READ MORE>

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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities

ROA TAPS for December 2018

(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During December 2018, 118 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. 19001 How Much Military Leave Am I Entitled to under USERRA?
No. 19002 My Civilian Employer Strenuously Objects to my Enlistment
No. 19003 In a Lawsuit, you Don’t Get a Mulligan
No. 19004 Relationship between 5 U.S.C. 8332(c)(2) and 38 U.S.C. 4318
No. 19005 Accrual of Annual Leave as a Federal Civilian Employee—Credit for Prior Active Duty
No. 19006 It Is Not Illegal for a Reservist who Is a Lawyer To Represent an Individual with a Claim against the Federal Government

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The Veteran’s Creed is a set of principles to promote continued service and leadership by Veterans in their communities and to our country.

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

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 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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