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April 1, 2019


Reserve Component Mobilizations
ROA Update
Reserve Component News

Military Family
ROA Taps
Law Reviews


Reserve Chiefs Discuss the Coming Year

USAR: Global Strategic Overview. The Army Reserve is focused on meeting the new National Defense Strategy and explain how they will need to modernize equipment and reorganize under Ready Force X. A focus on funding and recruiting will be need by ROA and other associations to help the Army Reserve meet their goals.

USAFR: When we take care of our Airmen, They take care of the Mission.
Lt. Gen Scobee is focusing on airmen and providing them the resources to meet the National Defense Strategy. He has established three goals: Prioritize Strategic Depth and Accelerate Readiness, Develop Resilient Leaders and Reform the Organization.

USCGR: Changing of the Guard A paradigm shift in Reserve governance.
Rear Admiral Sibley reviews recent Coast Guard Reserve contributions and what the future holds. “While we remain ready to respond to planned contingencies, we must always be looking over the horizon to identify the risk posed by the unknown.”

America’s Military Reserve in the All-Volunteer Era:
From Strategic to Operational

Adapted from remarks by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, U.S. Army (Ret.), at the March 28 All-Volunteer Force Forum Conference 2019, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas


Department and Chapter Grassroots Efforts

During the month of April, Congress will be in session for 10 days and in the District/State for 20 days.

Here are some things to help with your Department and Chapter grassroots efforts for April.

  • Check with the local office to see if your member will be hosting any public events that the Department or Chapter members could attend.
  • If you did not have a chance to visit your Congress delegation last month for March on the Hill, please contact me by e-mail so I can send you ROA legislative priorities you can present to them when they are on recess.
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ROA Legislative Agenda

The ROA Legislative Agenda pamphlet and position papers that were used during last month’s March on the Hill are now available on line for Departments, Chapters, and ROA members. If you were not able to take part in the event, it is not to late to use this material when you schedule a meeting with your Senators or Representative locally. READ HERE >

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ROA Meets with the Honorable James Stewart

A roundtable discussion with
Mr. Stewart, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness was held on Mar 27, 2019 with Reserve Component (RC) military service organizations. Mr. Stewart retired from the United States Air Force as a Major General after 37 years of service in the active and reserve components. He met with ROA, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), the National Guard Association of the United States NGAUS
, and the Fleet Reserve Associations (FRA). READ MORE >

Toxic Exposure

ROA has been involved in seeking medical care for servicemembers exposed to toxins during war as evidenced by Resolution 16-31, Recognition of Illnesses Caused by Hazardous Warfare Agents. However, as time goes on more and more exposures to toxins in occurring in non-war environments. The exposure to the contaminated water system at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, is one example. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is involved in research regarding water-contamination issues discovered in 1982 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were established under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ATSDR created the Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel (CAP) to represent the affected community of Marines (and other military Service members stationed during that time at Camp Lejeune) and their families and to provide input on ATSDR’s public-health activities.
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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of March 19, 2019 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

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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 >

Department of Georgia, North Georgia Chapter

Brig. Gen. Richard Kemble, 94th Airlift Wing commander, welcomes Brig. Gen. (Ret) William W. Basnett, Reserve Officers Association North Georgia Chapter president, and past national president, to the Dobbins Air Reserve Base Consolidated Club. ROA members briefed wing members on the history of ROA, key legislative accomplishments, Reserve benefits and budget March 2, 2019.

During the March 2019 Unit Training Assembly of the 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, wing commander Brig. Gen. Richard Kemble, a ROA life member, held an officer’s call that ended with a ROA briefing by the North Georgia Chapter. Brig. Gen William Basnett, USAFR (ret), chapter president and past national president opened with highlights of ROA’s history and key legislative accomplishments. He spoke about ROA supporting the reserve bill of rights and authorization to build new C-130's for the Air Force Reserve. Department President Johnny Mitchell talked about current issues involving reserve personnel benefits. Former ROA national treasurer, Terry Baggett explained the significance of the Reserve Components achieving command status and being able to control their budget. The ROA membership brochure, legislative pamphlet and past legislative accomplishments were given to attendees. The Department of Georgia's ROTC/JROTC medals and awards program was met with high interest by the attendees who were asked to become presenters at high schools and universities. The chapter sponsored pizza and beverages.

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Department of Illinois

On March 21, 2019, Al Lynch, a ROA member, addressed 200 Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from Waukegan High School, Waukegan, Illinois. Other speakers included Colonel Mike Peck,
Maj. Gen. Jim Mukoyama, (ret.) and Brig. Gen. James Kokaska, Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 416 Engineer Command.

Waukegan School District 60 recently expanded its popular Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program (JROTC) to Thomas Jefferson Middle School as part of the school's new leadership theme, district and school staff said.

Use This Tool to Find Exactly Where You Can Use Your GI Bill
to Study a Discipline of Your Choice

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, had a problem: he still has some Montgomery GI Bill money and wants to use it on culinary training so he can open a food truck offering classic French cuisine (OK, maybe not a food truck, maybe just cook more delicious meals for friends).

But how does Jeff find institutions that provide GI Bill friendly (in this case culinary) education of any type anywhere they’re offered? With such a cool capability, he could shop around for a specific discipline by location, type of culinary degree or certificate, program duration, cost, etc.
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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

Exchange Celebrates Military Children with More than
$20,000 in Sweepstakes Prizes

– The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is honoring the sacrifice and resiliency of military children with more than $20,000 in sweepstakes prizes during the Month of the Military Child.

“Military children serve fearlessly alongside their Warfighter parents,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “From toys to gift cards to scholarships, the Exchange is excited to offer incredible prizes for our Nation’s youngest heroes.”

The Exchange and Defense Commissary Agency have partnered with Nabisco and the Coca-Cola Co. to award
$10,000 in scholarships for military children. Parents can text “PURPLE” to 89884 from April 1 through 30 for a chance to win one $5,000 grand prize or one of five $1,000 first prizes. Standard message and data rates may apply. Shoppers can visit for official rules and a free alternate method of entry beginning April 1.

Nine additional sweepstakes run from March 29 until April 30. Prizes include:

  • One of 26 Exchange gift cards ($250 each) sponsored by Aurora, Cra-Z-Art, Mattel and Melissa & Doug
  • One of 11 Baby Alive Potty Dance dolls ($549.95 total prize value) sponsored by Hasbro
  • One of 10 Transformers Power Charge BumbleBee vehicles ($499.50 total prize value) sponsored by Hasbro
  • One of five Best Ride on Cars Mercedes ML350, 6V ($999.95 total prize value) sponsored by Best Ride On
  • One of 10 The Lego Movie 2 Emmet’s Dream House/Rescue Rocket toys ($699.90 total prize value) sponsored by Lego
  • One of 10 Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus blasters ($699.50 total prize value) sponsored by Hasbro
  • One of 10 Fast and Furious Elite Off Road radio-controlled vehicles ($599.50 total prize value) sponsored by Jada
  • One of five Top Wing Academy Mission Ready Track playsets ($124.75 total prize value) sponsored by Hasbro
  • One of five Sesame Street Lullaby & Goodnight Elmo toys ($99.75 total prize value) sponsored by Hasbro
For a complete list of Month of the Military Child sweepstakes and upcoming events, authorized shoppers can visit the Exchange’s Hub page. No purchase is necessary to enter.
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Batter Up! Exchange Shoppers Can Score $5,000 in Gift Cards in Sweepstakes

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving five military shoppers a chance to swing for the fences and win $5,000 in Exchange gift cards in the 2019 ConAgra Baseball Sweepstakes.

From April 1 to April 30, authorized Exchange shoppers18 years or older can enter to win one of five $1,000 Exchange gift cards at One winner will be selected from five regions: Western, Central, Eastern, Europe and Pacific.

“Winning a $1,000 Exchange gift card would be better than hitting a grand slam on opening day,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange is always excited to pitch great opportunities like this to Airmen, Soldiers and their families.”

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

The drawing will be held on or about May 9. Winners will be notified via email and phone no later than May 10.
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ROA TAPS for February 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. 19033 USERRA Precludes Employer-Initiated Lawsuits
No. 19034 Am I Required To Exhaust Remedies through the Union Agreement before I Sue my Employer For Violating USERRA? No
No. 19035 Forced Arbitration of USERRA Disputes
No. 19036 Forced Arbitration-I Regret that I Did Not Know then (1991) What I Know Now (2019)

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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 Yellowstone AD 27 Reunion
Dates: September 22 – 26, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
POC: Paul W. Bowen, Secretarty/Treasurer
Home Ph: 603-948-2821

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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