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May 1, 2019


Reserve Component Mobilizations
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Reserve Component Senate Appropriation Hearing

Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Chief of the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez)

The Reserve Chiefs testified about their FY2020 budget request before the Senate Subcommittee on Defense on April 10, 2019. To watch the hearing and read their testimony go the Senate Committee website at: Senate RC Hearing or click on the link below.

The men and women that make up our reserve components also serve our nation by remaining ready to put their lives on hold. Whether they are called to mobilize, voluntarily deploy, or transition to full time support – they represent the very best of us,” Chairman Richard Shelby said.
Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel
Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Lengyel Testimony

Vice Adm. Luke M. McCollum
Chief of the Navy Reserve
McCollum Testimony
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey
Chief of the Army Reserve
Luckey Testimony

Maj. Gen. Bradley S. James
Commander, Marine Corps Forces Reserve
James Testimony
Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee
Chief, Air Force Reserve
Scobee Testimony

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CALL TO ACTION! -- H.R. 2340 Fostering Intergovernmental Health Transparency in Veteran Suicides Act, or FIGHT Veteran Suicides Act

H.R.2340 (Rep Max Rose, D-NY-11) – Will direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide notice of any suicide or attempted suicide of a Veteran in a Department of Veterans Affairs facility.

As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Rep. Rose serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He served as an active duty officer in Afghanistan from 2012-2013 and earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Congressman Rose is Ranger-qualified and continues to serve in the National Guard and is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to represent New York City. National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus

Additionally, the legislation would require VA to provide notice to Congress within no more than 60 days of the incident the following information regarding the veteran who committed or attempted to commit suicide:

  • the enrollment status of the veteran with respect to the patient enrollment system of the Department;
  • the most recent encounter between the veteran and any employee or facility of the Veterans Health Administration before the suicide or attempted suicide occurred;
  • whether the veteran had private medical insurance;
  • the Armed Force and time period in which the veteran served;
  • the age, marital, employment, and housing statuses of the veteran; and
  • confirmation that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has provided notice to the immediate family members of the veteran regarding any Department support or assistance for which such family members may be eligible.

“ROA commends Rep. Max Rose for sponsoring H.R. 2340, the ‘FIGHT Veteran Suicides Act’, which, by directing VA to disclose any suicide or attempted suicide in one of its facilities, would increase our understanding of, and help us battle, this tragic scourge,” wrote ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips to Representative Rose.

Check HERE for co-sponsors to H.R. 2340.


I am calling to ask Representative _________________ to co-sponsor H.R. 2340.

The Reserve Component continues to see suicide rates that are NOT declining. The more information we have on suicides or attempted suicides the better our chances to understand and focus VA resources on the right approach. VA has diligently put their attention to this cause but sharing information with Congress and the public will allow a collective approach of individuals and experts to also help.

For further information on the bill READ MORE HERE>.

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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

House Armed Services Committee released the full committee and subcommittee markup schedule. The Full Committee markup of the NDAA will be after the subcommittees (see below) on Wednesday, June 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

House Armed Services Committee Subcommittees will consider their contributions on the following days and times:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

12 p.m. – Subcommittee on Military Personnel Markup
1 p.m. – Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces Markup
2:30 p.m. – Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces Markup
3:30 p.m. – Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Markup
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

9 a.m. – Subcommittee on Readiness Markup
10 a.m. – Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Markup

Department and Chapter Grassroots Efforts

During the month of May, the House will be in session for 14 days and the Senate in session for 18 days. They will on be on Memorial Day recess for one week

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.
  • See if your local National Guard or Reserve installation will be hosting any Memorial Day events you could attend as a ROA member or the Department/Chapter could sponsor or have a table to talk about membership and ROA’s legislative Agenda.
  • It the local installation is not holding any Memorial Day events now is the time to contact the local commander and offer ROA support for any 4th of July events.
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Deployment standards announced by the Army

U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Klagenberg (left), operations noncommissioned officer, signal university, 335th Signal Command (Theater) and Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Rose, training noncommissioned officer, 335th SC (T) along with fellow Army Reserve Soldiers from Detachment 10, 335th Signal Command (Theater) based in East Point, Georgia, and more than 220 Soldiers from the 3rd Calvary Regiment from Fort Hood, Texas at Fort Hood's Robert Gray Army Airfield Dec. 9, after deplaning from deployment to Kuwait. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Powell)

In the past year the Department of Defense initiated a stronger policy of managing non-deployable servicemembers. ROA was involved in changing how individuals were designated as a non-deployable member medical issues were being used even though they were resolved.

While the services were going through the growing pains of establishing new criteria very little information was available. We are pleased to see the Army has established a new directive that defines the required standards so each member can understand and meet deployable criteria.

Here is what the Army recently released:

The Army will implement a new directive to reduce the number of non-deployable Soldiers, which will increase personnel readiness across the Total Force. This directive affirms the commitment of Army senior leaders to increase the readiness of the force as outlined in the Army Vision

For the first time, this Army policy defines what it means to be deployable, specifically deployable Soldiers:

(1) Are administratively, legally, and medically cleared for employment in any environment in which the Army is operating or could operate.

(2) Can operate in austere areas or areas that regularly experience significant environmental conditions (e.g., heat, cold, altitude) that would exacerbate existing medical conditions.

(3) Can carry and employ an assigned weapon.

(4) Are capable of executing all individual warrior tasks for his or her assigned mission.

(5) Can operate while wearing body armor, helmet, eye protection, gloves, and/or chemical or biological protection equipment.

(6) Are capable of passing the Army Physical Fitness Test or meeting the physical demands of tasks required for a specific deployment.

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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of April 23, 2019 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

ROA Update

Retiring Guard and Reserve wait at the end of the military’s pay line.

In ROA’s April Opinion piece, Executive Director Jeff Phillips takes on an inequity in retirement between the active and reserve components. READ MORE >

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Henry J. Reilly Scholarship application window is closed

ROA judges are now evaluating applications for the award of up to 20 $2,500 scholarships. ROA will issue a news release on those selected for scholarships and story in the June Reserve Voice.

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

Mission Act – VA Community Care Update

ROA is currently involved with other MSOs/VSOs to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs as they implement the Mission Act to improve community care. We are meeting with the Department quarterly to discuss the progress and make suggestions or comments. Below is information with links on what has been published to date for Veterans to access community care.

General Information


Community Care Website

Community Care YouTube Playlist

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Exchange You Made the Grade Program Rewards Military Students for Academic Excellence

– According to the Department of Defense Education Activity, the average military child will move six to nine times during a school career—three times more often than children whose parents do not serve in the military. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is commending the achievements of these young scholars with its You Made the Grade program.

First- through 12th-graders, including homeschooled students, who maintain a B average or higher are eligible for a $5 Exchange gift card every grading period during the 2018-19 school year. To receive their gift card, students must present a valid military I.D. and proof of qualifying grades during any grading period at their local Exchange’s customer service area.

“The Exchange is honored to reward the academic achievements of military children,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor. “Military students work hard to succeed in the classroom. The You Made the Grade program proves their diligence and resiliency pay off.”

Students who make the grade can enter the worldwide sweepstakes to win a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card. Since February 2000, the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program, has rewarded nearly 200 military students for their academic achievements through prizes worth nearly $550,000.

The sweepstakes entry forms are found on the back of the You Made the Grade gift card sleeve. Students can send completed forms to:

You Made the Grade
PO Box 227398
Dallas, TX 75222-7398

Students can submit one sweepstakes entry for each grading period. The first drawing of the 2018-19 school year took place in December 2018, with presentations made at Fort Campbell and Vandenberg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Bases. The next drawing will be held in June.

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MILITARY STAR Mobile App Available for Android

The convenience and security of the MILITARY STAR® Mobile App is now available for Android devices. Cardholders can review account information, track rewards, get notifications and check out ongoing promotions right from their Android devices. READ MORE >

ROA TAPS for March 2019

(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During March 2019, 52 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. 19037 Army Command’s Civilian Personnel Office Needs To Be Retrained on USERRA
No. 19038 Actively Participating Reserve Component Members Sue L-3 Communications for Hiring Discrimination and Case Settles
No. 19039 Congratulations to DOL and DOJ for Successfully Resolving a USERRA Violation by a Small Business in Virginia
No. 19040 How Do I Get Free DOJ Representation for my USERRA Claim?
No. 19041 Enforcing USERRA against a Federal Agency Employer

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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

The 1/77th Armor Bn Reunion
Dates: July 11-14, 2019
Location: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth, MI.
POC: Bob Basner, P.O. Box 38, Birch Run, MI 48415
phone # (989)280-2387 to download registration form.

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 Waller DD/DDE 466 Reunion
Dates: October 16-20, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA
POC: John McCabe • 215-280-5111 or 215-637-8452

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

12TFW Reunion—Including the following;
12TFW MacDill AFB, FL; (Cam Ranh AB & Phu Cat AB, Vietnam),
And 12th FEW/SFW Bergstrom AB, TX (Korea) & all Supporting units.
A memorial dedication to the 12TFW will occur during this event
Dates: May 6-9, 2020 • Location: Dayton, OH
POC: E. J. Sherwood, 12TFW Association
Email: or Ph: 480-396-4681 for more info

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