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April 30, 2018


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Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

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Reserve perspectives for local radio or TV

Looking for on-air “talent” for your local veterans or military radio (or TV) program? ROA is ready to serve: we can provide over-the-phone or on-screen (Facetime, etc.) briefings on Reserve Component issues from Washington, DC. Email ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips:

Legislative Update

ROA continues to push DD-214 reforms

In its fourth exclusive op-ed with The Hill, ROA continues to lead the way by being the only national military group with a regular column in a national news media publication! This past Sunday, ROA’s piece on the DD-214 “type of statement” was issued online. READ MORE>

This high-priority topic is one of ROA’s major legislative initiatives for the 115th Congress and we continue to build support in Washington, D.C. To further showcase ROA’s broad reach, the legislative team was asked to participate in a conference call with the RAND Corporation last week to discuss their research on the DD-214. Specifically, RAND has been tasked by the U.S. Government with recommending revisions to the 68-year old “ Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty ” form that often does not fully reflect a Reserve Component member’s service. ROA emphasized the inequities that currently exist with the DD-214 for servicemembers, specifically those from the Cold War period.

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FY 2019 Defense budget, restoring and rebuilding America's military

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff discusses 2019 budget requirements (Photo: DoD)

The fiscal year 2019 budget process is in full swing in Washington, D.C., and the Department of Defense is making its annual pitch to Congress for strengthening our national security.

President Donald J. Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill on March 23, 2018 that includes a $160 billion boost in defense spending over two years, reversing years of decline and unpredictable funding. Now Congress must pass an appropriations bill to determine how and where the money is to be spent.

On April 17, 2018, Reserve Component Chiefs were on Capitol Hill to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on budget requirements. The committee heard from General Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Lieutenant General Charles Luckey, Chief of the Army Reserve; Lieutenant General Maryanne Miller, Chief of the Air Force Reserve; Vice Admiral Luke McCollum, Chief of the Navy Reserve; and Lieutenant General Rex McMillian, Commander of Marine Corps Forces Reserve.

Senator Shelby, the committee chairman stated,
“Our Nation’s active duty and reserve component forces are more fully integrated today than at any time in the modern era. Guardsmen and Reservists have been regularly called upon since 2001 to deploy in support of our Nation’s contingency operations abroad and to protect our citizens at home. Through programs like the Guard’s State Partnership Program, they participate in joint security cooperation activities with our international partners.”

This week, senior Pentagon officials were on Capitol Hill to discuss budgetary requirements for the military. The current budget situation will allow the military to restore its competitive advantage over any possible adversary, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. The appropriations in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 and the proposed fiscal 2019 budget support building the lethal and joint force the nation needs, he said. READ MORE>

Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of 24 April 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 secretary looks to reduce mandatory training

Army Secretary Mark Esper meets with soldiers at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The trip was his first troop visit since becoming the Army's top civilian leader. (John Martinez/Army)

Army Secretary Mark Esper has an idea for the service that will put a smile on many a soldier’s face. Esper, who graduated from West Point in 1986 and spent 21 years in the Army has stated he’d like to give more control back to commanders.

The former infantry officer spent time in the 101st Airborne Division and the 3rd Airborne Battalion Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. Esper remarked at how much is on a unit’s plate in the Army now, as compared with his time as a company commander in Vicenza. “I was kind of spoiled in Italy because we didn’t have, really, upper echelons of command,” he said. “So, we really got to train and do things the way we thought, as commanders, and the way my battalion commander thought.”

Esper said he’d like to see that philosophy applied to the Army’s long list of mandatory training, from how soldiers learn about detaining enemy combatants to how to keep from drowning. “One of the complaints is we’re doing all this mandatory training. And when you look at the numbers, it is astounding how much it has grown over the years,” he said, comparing the experience to his own. “I felt that I had, again, great freedom to do what I wanted to do. I felt that I was trusted to train my soldiers, and I was accountable for it.” READ MORE>

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POLL-Majority of Americans support National Guard on border

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks to Arizona National Guard soldiers prior to deployment to the Mexico border at the Papago Park Military Reservation, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Phoenix. Ducey said Monday that 225 members of the state's National Guard were heading to the U.S.-Mexico border to support President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Photo: Associated Press/Ross D. Franklin

According to a recent poll by Reuters and Ipsos, a majority of Americans support President Donald Trump's plan to deploy National Guard troops at the Mexico border and believe it will be an effective short term means of combating illegal immigration. While 55 percent of U.S. adults believe it will effective in the short term, 49 percent believe it will also be effective in the long term. The survey also showed that 77 percent of Republicans think deploying the National Guard will be effective in the short term, compared with just 42 percent of Democrats. Trump has also called for more Border Patrol agents, a move which nearly 60 percent of Americans say they support the increase. READ MORE>

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Naval Services Update

New threats mean new training for the Navy

Commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, speaks at the Information Warfare Training Group in Norfolk, Virginia, ribbon cutting ceremony. Naval Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk disestablished to create IWTG Norfolk. (U. S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rafael Martie / Released)

In a bit to boost readiness in the realm of information warfare, the Navy is cementing training focused on next-generation threats and missions.

The Navy’s Information Warfare Training Group, located in Norfolk, Virginia, aims to provide sailors with beginner and intermediate training in cyber, electronic warfare, cryptology, intelligence, communications, meteorology and oceanography and space. Advanced training will take place at the Navy Information Warfare Development Command, according to a Department of Defense release. READ MORE>

Navy officials recently cut the ribbon at the group’s new headquarters, when Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, Naval Information Forces commander, served as a guest speaker. Capt. Chris Slattery is the group’s inaugural commanding officer.

The IWTG is “providing deploying carrier strike groups and amphibious readiness groups with training across the disciplines of communications, defensive cyber operations, offensive cyber, EW and space,” Vice Adm. Michael Gilday told C4ISRNET in a recent interview. “So we’re taking those functions and we’re training our deploying ships, aircraft squadrons, aircraft wings so that those functions are integrated into what they do, and they understand them better.”

A key goal of the new group is to formalize training in those areas, and it’s part of a broader emphasis on information warfare across the Navy, according to officials.

The center will serve as a “training hub” for all Navy and Marine Corps servicemembers – in both the Active and Reserve Components. “This completes a larger effort in the information warfare community to increase readiness throughout the Navy through the establishment of the Information Warfare Type Commander, Warfighting Development Center and Training Group,” Slattery said in the release.

ROA successfully lead the charge for increasing the number of cyber training slots to eliminate the backlog of RC attendance. In addition, ROA has accomplished expanding the cyber mission for the Guard and Reserve, leveraging civilian and industry technical expertise.

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Exceptional annual training (E-AT) days to be reduced

(Photo: US Navy)

On 26 April 2018, the Commander of Navy Reserve Forces Command, VADM Luke M. McCollum, announced that Navy Reserve Exceptional Annual Training (E-AT) days will be reduced.

“Effective immediately, Officer E-AT is reduced to 14 days (exclusive of travel) and Enlisted E-AT is reduced to 21 days (inclusive of travel),” McCollum stated.

Previously submitted and approved Officer E-AT for 21 days and Enlisted E-AT for 29 days with an order start date of 10 Jun 2018 or earlier will be honored.

Any changes to currently approved Officer E-AT 21-day orders and Enlisted E-AT 29-day orders will be subject to reduction to the current day limit of 14 for Officers and 21 for Enlisted. READ MORE >

Questions should be directed to LCDR Ryan Carr at 757-322-6733 or, LT David Trudell at 757-322-6734 or , and PSC(AW) Zachiery Easterling at 757-445-3105 or

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Air Force Update

ROA senior leaders meet with Chief of Air Force Reserve

ROA President Don Stockton, Executive Director Jeff Phillips and AF National Vice President Shane Smith met with USAFR Chief Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller regarding how ROA could contribute to leadership development and be of service to her force. Lieutenant General Miller explained that the service is implementing major changes to leadership by consolidating professional military education under the Air Education and Training Command.

Additionally, according to the president’s 2018 National Defense Strategy, all military branches will be required to do the same and change their respective service curriculums to emphasize “intellectual leadership and military professionalism in the art and science of warfighting, deepening our knowledge of history while embracing new technology and techniques to counter competitors.”

General Miller encouraged ROA leadership to explore offering training on legislative advocacy -- training that will likely not be included in the planned changes by the Air Force. This option is currently being explored between the Air Force Director and the Air Force Reserve office of Reserve Policy Integration. READ MORE>

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ROA addresses Committee on The Well-being of Military Families

A National Guard and Reserve Panel recently addressed the Committee on The Well-being of Military Families on April 24, 2018 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. The committee is studying the challenges and opportunities facing military families and what is known about effective strategies for supporting and protecting military children and families, as well as lessons to be learned from these experiences. ROA’s Air Force Director, Susan Lukas, spoke about the challenges facing Reserve Component members and explained how these issues affect family members. Her comments included the financial difficulties families face with out-of-pocket training expenses that are not reimbursed, orders cancelled from government shutdowns and budget uncertainties and loss of income from deployments. VIEW VIDEO >

Panel members included:

  • Jill Marconi, Director of Airman and Family Readiness at the 446th Air Lift Wing, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington
  • Kelly Hokanson is the spouse of Lieutenant General Daniel Hokanson, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Col. (Ret) Anthony Cox, recently retired after leading the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences at the AMEDD Center & School

Military Life

Anthrax Hoax

Recent social media postings revived unfounded concerns about specific lots of the #AnthraxVaccine that may lead to a "100% VA disability" rating for service members. The rumor that the VA is starting to rate “100% disability” to any service member who received anthrax vaccine of a specific lot is false. Do you have questions about the #AnthraxVaccine? Please call the @DHA_IHB health care team at 1-877-438-8222, press Option 1, or visit READ MORE>

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Military Exchange Employment for Spouses

The Army and Air Force Exchange is not only focused on hiring veterans, but they also offer a place of employment for spouses. “The Exchange is family serving family,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “Letting spouses take their jobs with them strengthens military families and gives those who stand behind our nation’s Warfighters the opportunity to flourish in a meaningful, satisfying career.” READ MORE>

    Sweet! Military Shoppers Can Win a $500 Exchange Gift Card in Hershey’s Sweepstakes

 Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can enter to win one of 10 $500 Exchange gift cards in the Hershey’s Flavors of America sweepstakes

Authorized shoppers 18 and older are eligible to enter Exchange sweepstakes online. Honorably discharged Veterans, who were welcomed home to their military family on Nov. 11 last year with a lifelong online military exchange shopping benefit, are eligible to enter too.

To enter, authorized Exchange shoppers can visit from April 27 through May 31. There is no purchase necessary to enter, and entrants need not be present to win.

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Member Updates

ROAL and ROA Ohio Chapter 42 donate to Youngstown Veterans Association Clinic

From left are Barbara Stamp, president of the ROAL; Bonita Rasile, secretary of the ROAL; and Col. Duzzny, president of the Mahoning Chapter 42, ROA.

The Reserve Officers Association League and the Mahoning Chapter OH-42 of the Reserve Officers Association recently donated $1,000 to the Youngstown Veterans Association Clinic to help purchase a new “Veterans Helping Veterans” van for the clinic and received a framed certificate of appreciation. The van is used to transport veterans from Mahoning County to the Lewis Stokes Cleveland VA Hospital. Funds were raised during a Christmas charity auction banquet. The ROAL has donated to the USO Lounge at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, Fisher House, Wounded Warrior Project, the YARS Base Community Council and the Youngstown VA Clinic. The Mahoning Valley Chapter OH-42 of the ROA will meet with members of the ROAL at 5 p.m. Thursday at The Manor restaurant, 3104 S. Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown. For information, call Col. Walter Duzzny at 330-744-4490. READ MORE >

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Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commended for Initiative to Pass Commemorative Coin Act into Law

Rep. Maloney in Washington on April 17 with Purple Heart Recipients and Purple Heart Hall of Honor Team Members. Photo provided

Kathy Welsh, Hudson Valley News Network: The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act (H.R.1683) has been endorsed by The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Armed Forces Marketing Council, American Military Retirees Association, American Military Society, AMVETS, Army Navy Union, Association of the United States Navy, Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., Korean War Veterans Foundation, Military Order of Foreign Wars, National Defense Committee, National Enlisted Reserve Association, Reserve Officers Association, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, The Flag and General Officers Network, The Retired Enlisted Association, and Vietnam Veterans of America. READ MORE >

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

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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. 18036 Returning Service Member Who Is Medically Disqualified from Flying Airliners Is Entitled To Return to Payroll and Use Accrued Sick Leave
No. 18037 State and Local Government Pension Funds Are in Sad Shape
No. 18038 You Must Use Your 22 Extra Days of Paid Military Leave During your Period of Contingency Active Duty

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ROA Reunion Notice
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Washington, DC 20002

USS Carpenter DD825
Dates: April 19-23, 2018
Location: Ramada Inn, San Diego, CA
Contact: Jimmie Kennedy
Ph: 714-776-4019 email:

USS San Marcos (LSD-25) Reunion

Dates: May 4-6, 2018 • Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Jack Lieberman

Reunion for member of 311th Evac Hosp of Bismarck, Minot and Fargo, ND US Army Reserve.
Where: Bismarck, ND
When: June 15, 16 & 17, 2018
Contact; David Becker at
Note: Unit was viable from early 1940s through 1990/s. Mobilized once to the Persian Gulf in 1991.

77th Armor Regiment Reunion
Dates: June 21-24, 2018
Location: Hilton El Conquistador Resort
10000 N. Oracle Rd., Tuscon, AZ 85704.
Registration forms:
Contact: Robert L. Basner, 989-624-4593; e mail:

Society of the First Infantry Division, "Big Red One" 2018 Reunion

Dates: August 1-5, 2018
Location: Westin Lombard, Ambler PA 19002
Contact: • PH 215-654-1969

U.S.S. John R. Craig DD885
Dates: September 5-9, 2018
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Contact: Jerry Chwalek
Email: • 734-525-1469

Army, 1st Signal Brigade (Vietnam & Korea)
5-9 September 2018
Location: Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX.
POC: John Keenan • (913) 633-2639 •

USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) Association 21st Shipmates' Reunion
Dates:12-16 September 2018
Location: Courtyard Marriott, 1001 Intrepid Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19112
(Historic Navy Yard, Philadelphia)
POC: Tim Gildea, (215) 480-4260,
Note: Open to present and past members of ship's crew, Marine Detachment, embarked staffs, specialty detachments, and air wing. Reunion participants may bring guests.
Information & Registration form:

U.S.S. Perkins 27th Annual Reunion
September 13-15, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
POC: Barry Buchanan • Ph 816-792-3040

Vinh Long Outlaws Association Biennial Reunion
September 13-17, 2018
North Charleston Marriott • Charleston, SC
POC: Jim Donnelly email:
Info & Registration:

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:

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