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September 15, 2018


Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

Military Life
Jobs on the Hill
Law Reviews

9/11 Remembered

U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Edwin Morales kneels as he honors his cousin Ruben Correa during ceremonies at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, on Sept. 11. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

This past week, ROA lowered its headquarters flag to half-staff as it observed the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Washington, DC, New York City and Shanksville, PA.

Since September 11, 2001 the Guard and Reserve Overseas Contingency Operations have activated 960,189 RC members for Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Inherent Resolve, and Operation Freedom Sentinel since Sept. 11, 2001 under 10 USC. Currently there are 37,902 RC servicemembers deployed.

The RC comprises 40 percent of the “Total Force” operational military and will continue to play an integral part in the future. Thank you to all who have served and those that continue to serve our great nation today!

ROA national convention online registration now closed!

Online registration for the 2018 national convention in Omaha, Nebraska is closed! You must now register on-site to attend the convention.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email Diane Markham at

Legislative Update

ROA attends Reserve Forces Policy Board Meeting

On September 12, 2018, ROA attended an open meeting of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was to obtain, review and evaluate information related to strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Reserve Components.

The meeting focused on discussions with the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Manpower and Reserve Affairs who reviewed the Secretary of Defense’s goals, readiness objectives, and challenges for the ‘‘Operational Reserve’’ as part of the Total Force, and personnel initiatives pertaining to the Reserve Components.

Additionally, each Service provided updated briefings on their respective recruiting and retention issues, personnel readiness, and plans to adapt their personnel system to meet the future Total Force challenges. A brief was also provided on the progress of the Department of Defense’s Duty Status Reform efforts. READ MORE> (Photo: ROA)
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Improving Legal Protections for Reserve Component Members

On September 4, 2018, Andrew Braniff of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) met with the Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Major General Jeffrey Phillips (Ret.), and the ROA Legislative Director, Commander John Rothrock, and other ROA members to discuss upcoming DOJ proposals to improve the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Four ROA members who are lawyers (Thomas Jarrard, Brian Lawler, John Odom, and Sam Wright), along with Kathryn Piscitelli (co-author of The USERRA Manual) and Peter Romer-Friedman and Adam Carter (DC lawyers who have represented many service members in USERRA cases) made very specific suggestions as to how Congress could improve these laws. ROA will follow up to get these proposals enacted during the 116th Congress (2019-20).

We invite the reader’s attention to You will find more than 1700 “Law Review” articles about these three laws and other laws that are especially pertinent to those who serve our country in uniform, along with a detailed Subject Index, to facilitate finding articles about very specific topics. ROA initiated this column in 1997. Each new issue of Reserve Voice includes the new “Law Review” articles that have been added to the website since that last Reserve Voice issue. READ MORE>

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TRICARE increases for deployed National Guard and Reserve

TRICARE recently updated their policy to implement a TRICARE expansion period of benefits for the Reserve Component. ROA was a key figure in changing the law for servicemembers who are mobilized in support of a Combatant Commander. On these types of orders National Guard and Reserve qualify for 180 days of transitional TRICARE coverage when they are on duty status for 30 days or more. This change to health care was passed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2018, Section 511, as of December 12, 2017. Unfortunately, it was not until August 20, 2019 when DoD updated their policy.

ROA videos keeping members informed

ROA has expanded communications with their members by posting videos to YouTube. Executive Director Jeff Phillips said, “Producing videos is a great way for us to show our members the variety of topics, whether legislation or military policy, we work on a regular basis.” These videos can also be used by ROA Departments and Chapters in their meetings and when they are recruiting new members. The videos are available on ROA’s YouTube page. The most recent posting explains what service is required to earn the designation of Veteran.
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Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of September 11, 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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Army Reserve Update

Army Reserve

The chief of staff, Army announced the following officer assignments on September 4, 2018:

Maj. Gen. Robert A. Karmazin, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commander, mobilization and reserve affairs (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, to director, J7/9, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Brig. Gen. William B. Dyer, U.S. Army Reserve, assistant judge advocate general, operations (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Office of the Judge Advocate General, Washington, District of Columbia, to commander, Rule of Law Field Force; and commander, National Atlantic Treaty Organization, Rule of Law Field Support Mission, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. John B. Hashem, U.S. Army Reserve, director (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Army Reserve Engagement Cell; and deputy commanding general - support, U.S. Army North, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to deputy director, J-5, U.S. Africa Command, Germany.

Brig. Gen. Susan E. Henderson, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 79th Theater Sustainment Command, Los Alamitos, California, to director, CJ4, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Inherent Resolve, Kuwait.

Brig. Gen. John F. Hussey, U.S. Army Reserve, commander (Troop Program Unit), Great Lakes Division, 75th Training Command, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, to deputy commander, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, U.S. Southern Command, Cuba.

Brig. Gen. Isaac Johnson Jr., U.S. Army Reserve, chief of staff (Troop Program Unit), 350th Civil Affairs Command, Pensacola, Florida, to director of civil affairs and civilian operations, C9, U.S. Forces Korea, Korea.

Brig. Gen. Robert G. Michnowicz, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commanding general (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to mobilization assistant to the director of intelligence (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), J-2, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Army National Guard prepares for Hurricane Florence

South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers from the 118th Forward Support Company stage recovery equipment to provide support for disabled vehicles during the lane reversal of I-26 in North Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Army National Guard, Sgt. Brian Calhoun)

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland this week declared states of emergency as Hurricane Florence approached the East Coast. Additionally, the mayor of Washington, D.C., declared a state of emergency due to anticipated torrential rainfall.

Approximately 2,000 Soldiers and airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Hurricane Florence will increase in strength with potential to be a Category 4 storm and a projected path to make landfall near the Carolinas and east coast. READ MORE>

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Naval Services Update


MARFORRES and MARFORNORTH during the change of command ceremony Sept. 8, 2018, at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans. McMillian served as the commander from 2015-2018. (Photo: USMC Lance Cpl. Tessa D. Watts)

Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony held at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, Sept. 8, 2018.

Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian who served as the commander of MARFORRES and MARFORNORTH from 2015-2018 relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Burke W. Whitman. As the commander of MARFORRES he is responsible for controlling the assignment of forces to augment, reinforce, and support the active component with trained units and individual Marines as a sustainable and ready operational reserve for employment across the full spectrum of crisis and global engagement.

As a component of U.S. Northern Command, the MARFORNORTH commander executes antiterrorism program and force protection responsibilities, advises on proper employment of Marine Corps forces, coordinates with and supports Marine Corps forces when attached to USNORTHCOM to conduct homeland defense operations and provides defense support to civil authorities. READ MORE>

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USCG Enlisted Reserve Advancement Announcement (ERAA)

(Photo: USCGR)

The U.S. Coast Guard Reserve recently released the names of members who are eligible for advancement or change in rating to fill Selected Reserve vacancies effective 1 September 2018. BRAVO ZULO! READ MORE>
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Air Force Update

Hurricane Hunters Fly Florence and Olivia

(Photo by NASA)

The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is flying missions into Hurricane Florence over the Atlantic Ocean and Hurricane Olivia over the Pacific Ocean this week. The Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are data sparse environments due to the lack of radar and weather balloons in those areas, and satellite data can be incomplete, so the data the Hurricane Hunters provide is vital, potentially saving lives and property, said Major Jeremy DeHart.
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Nebraska Air National Guard in Czech Republic

(U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rana Franklin)

As part of Exercise Ample Strike 2018, at Pardubice Air Base, Czech Republic, the Nebraska refueling wing provided support for the 19 nation participants. For 25 years the 155th Air Refueling Wing has been in the State Partnership Program with the Czech Republic. The exercise occurs during the 100th anniversary year of a free Czech Republic that began October 28, 2018. Former U.S. president T. Woodrow Wilson played a key role in the founding of the independent Republic of Czechoslovakia in October 1918. The republic split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1, 1993.
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Military Family

TRICARE Increases for 2019

Premium rates for calendar year 2019 were established by the Office of the Assistaant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Increases occurred for TRICARE Retired Reserve and TRICARE Young Adult (Prime). Decreases occurred for TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Young Adult (Select).

Exchange Offers Special Savings for Air Force’s Birthday on Sept. 18

The Army & Air Force is celebrating the Air Force’s 71st birthday with one-day discounts and savings at all its locations.

Airmen, Soldiers and military families can:

  • Save 10 cents on every gallon of gas with their MILITARY STAR® card at Exchange fuel locations.
  • Save 15 percent at Exchange restaurants with their MILITARY STAR card.
  • Save $10 on a purchase of $25 or more from any Exchange mall vendor with MILITARY STAR. The coupon required for this offer can be found in the Exchange sales flier or at the customer service desk.
  • Save 10 percent on Air Force gifts and collectibles or save 20 percent with MILITARY STAR.
“We’re privileged to serve our Warfighters in the Air Force every day at the Exchange,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “But this is a special opportunity for us to celebrate our Airmen and their families and let them know how grateful we are to them.”
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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities

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(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During August 2018, 250 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. 18081 The Returning Veteran Who Meets the USERRA Conditions Is Entitled to Pay Raises that he or she Would Have Received with Reasonable Certainty, but for the Call to the Colors
No. 18082 It Is Possible To Bypass the MSPB itself and Appeal the AJ’s Decision to the Federal Circuit
No. 18083 Another Interesting Recent USERRA Case
No. 18084 Understand and then Insist upon your USERRA Rights
No. 18085 Medical Appointments for Service-Connected Disability Do Not Amount to “Service in the Uniformed Services” for Purposes of USERRA
No. 18086 USERRA Does Not Require an Employer To Accommodate the Military Service of the Spouse of an Employee

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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

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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