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August 30, 2018


Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

Military Life
Jobs on the Hill
Law Reviews

ROA salutes U.S. Senator John S. McCain III

(Photo: US Senate)

On August 28, U.S. Senator John S. McCain III died from an inoperable brain tumor. A Life member from ROA’s Arizona department, McCain was a strong proponent for national defense and a strong military; in 2001, he was named ROA’s Minute Man of the Year. The recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 was named in his honor. READ MORE>

ROA national convention registration now open!

ROA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 national convention in Omaha, Nebraska!

This year’s national convention promises many exciting events for ROA members to include an update on TRICARE, a professional development seminar, a banquet with a congressional speaker (invited), awards presentations, speaker presentations, a State of the Association address, a detailed update on current legislation, and training on conducting grass-roots activities. All this while connecting with old friends and making new ones.

Please spread the word within your departments and chapters about this exciting opportunity! Hotel rates are low and registration fees have been reduced. Help us reach our goal of increasing attendance by 15 percent.

To register, or for more information, visit our website:

Legislative Update
Defense Appropriations bill goes to conference committee

The Senate recently approved a massive spending bill that would direct more than $670 billion towards a wave of Defense Department increases, including the largest boost to servicemembers' pay in nearly a decade and new gains in the number of troops, equipment and weapons for the 2019 fiscal year.

The measure, which was part of a larger funding package of more than $850 billion, will fund priorities directed in the recently passed 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which directs policy and spending plans for the Defense Department.

The legislation, H.R. 6157, now goes to a congressional conference committee to be reconciled with its House version before requiring votes in both chambers. If approved, the legislation goes to the president for his signature. READ MORE>
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New security clearance guidelines for servicemembers

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the DoD earlier this year made significant changes to the way they monitor security clearances. Unfortunately, DoD never really announced these changes to the fighting force themselves, a classic case of the left hand not knowing that the right hand is doing.

CFPB has worked with DoD to put together a “Warning Order” about the new policies, so that servicemembers can protect themselves and maintain their security clearances. This warning order is important to all members still wearing the uniform. READ MORE>

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ROA’s 2018 legislation and policy achievements show
effective focus on RC

ROA maintains a robust legislative agenda that is tightly focused on the role of the Reserve Components in national security, and improving the lives of RC members, families and veterans of the Reserve force. Unlike any other association, ROA’s legislative agenda tackles strategic and operational issues extending across all the Reserve Component services. Supporting the Reserve forces is part of what some other associations do; it’s all that ROA does.

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 August 28, 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 Vision updated

Iraq Train and Equipment Fund (ITEF) warehouse at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 4, 2017. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Dalton Smith)

The Army Vision was updated to echo the2018 National Defense Strategy released by Secretary of Defense Mattis. The Army vision statement is a ten-year view from 2018 to 2028 and includes objectives that must be met in the coming years to include increasing active duty end strength to 500,000 soldiers. Unfortunately, it does not include specific end strength amounts for the Reserve Component relying instead on the term “associated growth” for manning. However, the Army is considering different incentives for service to include serving three years in active and three years in the Reserve. The objectives follow an organize, train, equip, and lead construct for future Army soldiers.
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Kentucky Army National Guard soldier first to alert the Army about cracked tires

Sgt. Rudon Gay inspects a tire. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond)

Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Plouview, 203rd Forward Support Company, was doing his job after a tire exploded. Plouvier, a surface maintenance mechanic supervisor said, "The way the tire blew out and pattern of damage that occurred just looked odd. After further inspection I noticed some cracks in the tire that did not look right, I looked at a few more tires of the same make and found the same type of cracks occurring in other tires with similarities in the locations of the cracks."

The problem was identified to the United States Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) and they issued a Safety of Use Message (SOUM) across the active, reserve, and guard. The Kentucky National Guard discovered more than 1,200 damaged tires.

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Army Reserve shows their versatility in a new way

Imagine 16,500 pounds of mail in 500 bags being backed up when a truck driver was not able to access an Army camp. That is the situation the 328th Human Resource Center, an Army Reserve unit from San Antonio, Texas, faced on a hot summer day while deployed to Iraq. They immediately sprang into action and along with other volunteers were able to sort almost 3,000 pieces of mail within a few hours.

“We are here to support the soldiers” Sgt. Jerome Norton said. “We want to get the mail out, we want people to have smiles on their face and hopefully a package will do that for them. That’s what we are here for.”

Photo by Staff Sgt. Charlotte Reavis

Naval Services Update

Solicitation for USMC Reserve policy board members

The USMC Reserves is actively seeking new members to serve on the service policy board. This board has been established to consider, recommend, and report to the Secretary of the Navy on Reserve policy matters after careful review of issues submitted from the Total Force. READ MORE>

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USCGR new firearms training increases confidence

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley, a gunner's mate at Coast Guard Sector Boston, works at the Fort Devens firing range, in Massachusetts, to qualify Coast Guard members in weapons handling. (Photo: Reservist Magazine)

One of the hallmarks of the Coast Guard is its law enforcement (LE) mission, and while there’s great pride in the service’s LE history, one of its main programs needed a dramatic overhaul.

“We've always put emphasis on physical tactics and use of force,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Vinnie Sinacola, a reservist at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle in Detroit, “but when it came to the weapons qualifications and marksmanship, the training wasn’t there.’ He said the only way Coast Guardsmen could get practice was to take their personal weapons to a range on their own time.

The USCG has spent more than a year working to restructure the weapons course process to include training and a more dynamic course of fire. They tested it at Training Center Cape May on recruits, and last January, phases I – III of the Firearms Training and Evaluation – Pistol (FT&E-P) course permanently replaced the basic and practical pistol courses (BPC and PPC). The new course includes four hours of pistol techniques in a classroom, and then moves to the range where a “crawl, walk, run” method exposes the shooters to 200 rounds of practical application.

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Air Force Update

Air Force moving to the millennial “pop-up” concept for equipment and facilities

(Photo by Defense News

In response to the cold-war the military went through a series of Base Realignment and Closure cycles to close bases. This included a significant reduction in overseas installations which was considered possible because equipment would be shipped on-demand.

Iraq and Afghanistan showed that while power projection was a doable concept on paper airlift forces were strained trying to meet medical evacuation flights, special force operations and equipment supply chains. In response to this logistical nightmare the Air Force is moving forward with “pop-up” installations by prepositioning equipment. The recent exercise in Poland to test DABS included 60 airmen from active, reserve, and Air National Guard squadrons.

In fiscal 2019, the service will begin buying deployable air base systems, or DABS — a collection of shelters, vehicles, construction equipment and other gear that can be pre-positioned around the globe and moved to any place the Air Force needs to stand up air operations.”

The fiscal year 2019 budget included a request of $361.0 million for the European Contingency Air Operations Set (ECAOS) Deployable Airbase System (DABS) Prepositioned Equipment. The funding would provide facilities, equipment, vehicles kits, Health Service Support equipment, exercises, and personnel support.

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National Guard’s State Partnership Program key part of SecDef trip to South America

Secretary of Defense Mattis took a trip to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Columbia to evaluate military relationships. Guardsmen, Mattis explained, play a unique role in linking the U.S. military to South American allies, where some perceive Chinese influence has grown in recent years.” The 25-year old partnership program involves 75 countries with 24 located in South America. Brazil is the newest country in South America to connect with the National Guard, specifically the New York National Guard.
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Military Family

Security Clearance changes due to personal credit

The Department of Defense (DoD) will now "continuously" monitor the financial status of servicemembers with security clearances. This means that a past-due bill or an error on your credit report could jeopardize your clearance status.

Your debt-to-income ratio can also cause you to lose your security clearance or make you non-deployable.
Your debt-to-income ratio is all your monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income.

Credit Ratings may go up

If you recently checked your credit score you may be in for a pleasant surprise. In 2017 a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau study identified problems with credit reporting CFPB identified “… ongoing problems such as fixing data accuracy at credit reporting companies, repairing the broken dispute process, and cleaning up information being reported.”

The study was done because in 2012 the CFPB was given responsibility to supervise the credit reporting market which include consumer reporting companies and consumer financial products/services.
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Military Kids Can Win $20,000 In College Scholarships from Exchange

Military students who shine in the classroom and serve their communities can earn cash for college by sharing their stories in an essay contest sponsored by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Unilever. Four winners of the Rewards of Caring scholarship contest will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Military students can enter the essay contest, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 27. READ MORE>


Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford in Springfield, Va.
6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, Va.  •  September 21, 2018 * 9 AM to Noon

Meet  Your Future Employer at the Sep 21 Corporate Gray Job Fair!
Meet face-to-face with many top employers at the September 21st Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford in Springfield, Virginia. Take advantage of the opportunity to interview with representatives from Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen, ACT I, National Security Agency, ITility, AFG Group, Axiologic Solutions, OASIS Systems, Edward Jones, Inter-Con Security Systems, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Perspecta, and more. See all the companies registered-to-date at MORE >

  • ROA will have a table, stop by!
  • Job Fair hours: 9 am to 12 noon
  • Career Transition Seminar: 8 am to 9 am



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. 18074 DOJ Proposals To Improve USERRA
No. 18075 New VA Secretary Needs To Crack down on Supervisors who Reprise against Whistleblowers
No. 18076 Army Reservist Prevails in Important USERRA Case
No. 18077 Can I Sue my State Government Employer for Violating my USERRA Rights?
No. 18078 Smith v. Tennessee National Guard—The Long Waste of Time Finally Comes to an End
No. 18079 Is the Federal Government a Single Employer for Purposes of USERRA’s Five-Year Limit?—I Have Reconsidered.
No. 18080 Recent USERRA Case—Summary Judgment Denied

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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

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:

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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