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November 15, 2018














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Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

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








Department of Florida Space Coast Chapter Meeting


Shane Smith, Air Force Vice President, Executive Committee

ROA staff member, Susan Lukas, updated the Space Coast Chapter meeting on Nov 2 about the 2019 budget and a possible 5 percent cut to the 2020 budget that is currently under development by the Department of Defense. The update by ROA occurred using FaceTime. Interest from the participants extended the briefing from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. Susan Lukas said, “It is not unusual for legislation briefings to run longer then scheduled because ROA members appreciate getting to ask questions. The briefing really becomes a discussion which is often how national staff identifies problems that need to be fixed.”

   
   
    The following Departments are in compliance with ROA’s requirements for
governing policies:
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Legislative Update





Midterm elections and veterans elected to Congress

Now that the midterm elections are over, pundits are trying to determine what Congress will accomplish with divided chambers in the upcoming 116th Congress. ROA will continue to push for legislative successes and build upon the accomplishments of the last year by continuing to work with Members and their staffers.

To that end, the new Congress will bring newly elected officials to the Halls of Washington with military backgrounds. In all there will be 77 members of the House and Senate with military backgrounds (either retired or currently serving), while five seats remain undecided.

Of the 77 newly elected officials, 42 are Army/Army Reserve or National Guard; 10 are Navy/Navy Reserve; 13 are Air Force/Air Force Reserve; 11 are USMC/USMC Reserve; and one is USCG/USCG Reserve. 55 Members are Republican and 22 are Democrat. READ MORE>





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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of November 13, 2018 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.






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ROA Update
With no alternatives, military’s tribalism must go | TheHill

ROA's November 11 column in The Hill tackles the importance of recognition that the RC is a front-line participant in national security.
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Army Reserve Update





Utah National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan


(Photo: AP)

On November 3rd, Utah National Guardsman Major Brent Taylor was killed from small arms fire by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Taylor, 39, a military intelligence officer with Joint Force Headquarters , had taken a yearlong leave of absence as mayor
of North Ogden, Utah for his deployment to Afghanistan, where he was training commandos as part of an effort to train and build the capacity of the Afghan national army. He leaves behind a wife and seven children ages 11 months to 13 years. READ MORE>





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It’s official: Army is bringing back the “Army Greens”



Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey in the new Army Greens Service Uniform. (U.S. Army photo)

The United States Army announced today that it is adopting an iconic uniform -- the "Army Greens" -- as its new service uniform. This is the uniform worn by America's "Greatest Generation" in World War II. The phase in begins no earlier than the summer of 2020 with a mandatory wear date of sometime in 2028. 
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Naval Services Update





Attention: full-length photo now required!

All officers are required to have a full-length color photograph in their official military file, according to NAVADMIN 103/07.

The preferred uniform is service khaki without a cover. When service khaki is unavailable, any regulation uniform is acceptable. Officers should have their photo taken at a Navy or Department of Defense facility.
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(PHOTO: US Navy)

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Coast Guardsman performs at World Series


U.S Coast Guard Reservist Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Dalager had the honor and privilege to sing the national anthem at Game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.

Dalager, who is a theater and music producer in his civilian career, has spent 12 years as a reservist at Sector San Diego. On the field before 50,000 people, Dalager gave a flawless performance of the national anthem, which he attributed to singing it exactly as it was written by Francis Scott Key.
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Air Force Update




Flight Engineer passes rare milestone

Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Kunkel, (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Chief Master Sgt. Kunkel reached 10,000 flying hours Oct. 6, 2018, a number considered prestigious amongst military aviators. “It’s been a goal of mine for a while,” said Kunkel. “Flight engineers that I grew up with came close but didn’t quite make it. I thought it would be a cool thing to [achieve]. It took me a long time to accomplish it, more than 31 years.”
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Iraq linguist joins the Air National Guard


After eight years in Iraq helping the United States as a linguist Senior Airman Mohammed Alzubaidi was able to move his family to the United States. Eventually he moved from New York to La Vergne, Tennessee where he completed a Master’s degree for electrical engineering.

“I was happy, I'm leaving a country that’s still behind,” said Senior Airman Mohammed Alzubaidi, an electrical systems specialist in the 118th Civil Engineer Squadron who had been working as a civilian interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq. “I just leave, try start a new life, [where] there’s no blood in it, no threats, and make friends.”
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Military Family





Job Fair in Springfield, Virginia

You are invited to attend the November 16th Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford in Springfield, Virginia and interview with representatives from dozens of companies, including Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen, PenFed, Inter-Con Security Systems, U.S. Postal Service, Preferred Systems Solutions, Edward Jones, OBXtek, Fulcrum, CALIBRE, AECOM, Deltek, and many more; see all the companies registered-to-date at www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400.


Job fair hours are 9 am to 12 noon, with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers from 8 am to 9 am. The Waterford Reception Center is located at 6715 Commerce Street in Springfield, Virginia. Parking is free.

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 asking for their assistance in matching your skills and experience with their open jobs.

For more information and to register for the event (it's free to all job seekers), visit www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400. 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.



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Dental and Vision Open Season Starts November 12, 2018

In 2019, dental and vision insurance plans for retirees and their families will be available through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). If you’re eligible, the first opportunity to enroll in a plan is during the Federal Benefits Open Season. This will take place from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. READ HERE






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AAFES Exchange Extended Holiday Return Policy


Army & Air Force Exchange Service is extending its return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24.

The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns from 15 to 90 days after purchase with a sales receipt or online order confirmation depending on the item. The holiday return policy extends these terms through Jan. 31.
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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities






Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * Springfield, VA

You are invited to attend the November 16th Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford in Springfield, Virginia and interview with representatives from dozens of companies, including Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen, PenFed, Inter-Con Security Systems, U.S. Postal Service, Preferred Systems Solutions, Edward Jones, OBXtek, Fulcrum, CALIBRE, AECOM, Deltek, and many more; see all the companies registered-to-date at
www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400.

Job fair hours are 9 am to 12 noon, with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers from 8 am to 9 am. The Waterford Reception Center is located at 6715 Commerce Street in Springfield, Virginia. Parking is free.

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 asking for their assistance in matching your skills and experience with their open jobs.

For more information and to register for the event (it's free to all job seekers), visit
www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400. 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.




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ROA TAPS for October 2018


(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During October 2018, 257 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. 18103 USERRA, the SCRA, and Military Recruiting
No. 18104 DOL-VETS Fact Sheet on USERRA Gets the Five-Year Limit Wrong


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Reunions
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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
Websitge: www.usslawrence.com
POC: Craig Bernat Ph: 814-322-4140 • Email: dguts@usslawrence.com


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 www.4thinfantry.org

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, weastman@dfcsociety.org, Ph: 760-985-2810
Check website for updates as planning progresses. http://www.dfcsociety.net

USS Stickell DD-888 Reunion
October 28-30, 2019
Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport, RI
POC: Don O’Brien, Ph: 401-847-1706 • Email:
francisdonalobrien@gmail.com

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