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June 30, 2018


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Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

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Member Updates
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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

ROA presents coin to SVAC COS

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, with Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Staff Director Robert Henke. Photo: ROA)

On 21 June, ROA had the pleasure to visit with Mr. Robert Henke, chief of staff to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC). Executive Director Jeff Phillips presented Bob, a former U.S. Navy Reservist, with an ROA challenge coin for his service.

The ROA legislative team is currently working with Mr. Henke and the SVAC on several important association legislative priorities, specifically veterans’ preference for federal hiring and the DD-214 type of statement issues. Stay tuned as we work through the legislative process for progress reports.

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Desert Storm memorial to be built on National Mall

Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield were the first major foreign crises for the United States after the end of the Cold War. The successful completion of the war was one of the swiftest in history, however, the war took the lives of 383 service men and women.

The goal of the National Desert Storm War Memorial is to create an educational, meaningful and deeply moving sequential experience for visitors that: (1) Educates them about the historical events of the Desert Storm War; (2) Identifies each of the coalition countries and illustrates the historical significance of the 34-nation coalition that united to liberate Kuwait; (3) Memorializes all the names of Americans who sacrificed their lives in the war; (4) Reflects the unique environmental and battle conditions experienced by servicemen and women in this war; (5) Leaves visitors with an enduring memory of the historical significance and accomplishments of the Desert Storm War.

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Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of 26 June 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

Senior Reserve enlisted promotions for July are out

The Army has announced names of senior enlisted soldiers who will be promoted in July in the active component and Active Guard Reserve.

The names of soldiers chosen to advance to senior enlisted ranks were announced 25 June for both the active component and Active Guard Reserve.

The Army released names of those chosen to move up to sergeant first class, master sergeant and sergeant major.

The announcement includes sequence numbers for promotion to each rank:

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Montana Army National Guard evacuates 137 from Bible camp after flooding washes out roads

Montana Army National Guard evacuates 137 from Bible camp near Augusta, MT after flooding washes out roads. (Photo: 120th Airlift Wing)

The Montana Army National Guard evacuated nearly 140 students and staff from the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible south of Augusta, MT on 21 June, after they became trapped due to washed-out roads.

Fast moving rains across the Rocky Mountain Front caused flooding of the nearby Dearborn River, washing out several area roads including the one to the Bible school located near the river and the Forest Service boundary. Officials were concerned that the 100 campers and 37 staff at the school would be unable to leave.

The Montana National Guard received approval from the Governor and the Air Force Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida to use two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and crew to assist county search and rescue. The helicopters were on the ground by mid-morning and transported the evacuees to Great Falls.

Naval Services Update

Five reasons the USMC is the future of U.S. ground combat

Marines going ashore in heavy seas as an amphibious assault vessel looms in the background. The Marines have invested wisely in new warfighting technology, but the Navy isn't buying "amphibs" fast enough to keep up with future military requirements. (Photo: USMC)

The Marine Corps is gearing up to conduct combat exercises with its information warriors. Doesn't sound like the leathernecks of yore, does it? As America's military transitions from the global war on terror to great-power competition with near-peers like Russia and China, the Marines are rethinking what they need to deter or defeat in the future. One area where they need to bolster skills is protection of battlefield networks, because Russia and China are able to conduct cyber-attacks and electronic warfare.

So, the Marines are putting more emphasis on information operations in their preparations for combat, because if your communications are jammed or your intelligence data is corrupted in wartime, fighting effectively could be hard. The latest Marine Operating Concept (the Corps' plan for fighting and winning future wars) is heavily focused on securing and exploiting the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Off-duty trooper and USCG reservist improvises rescue

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Minnes and his father, both New Jersey state troopers pose for a photo together. (Photo: Kenneth Minnes)

A Coast Guard Reserve petty officer was hailed as a hero in early March after saving an accident victim on the Atlantic City Expressway in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Minnes and his girlfriend were taking their cat to the vet when they noticed a small trail of white smoke on the side of the road ahead.
As they neared the site, Minnes, who is also a New Jersey state trooper, saw that the smoke was coming from an overturned pickup truck. Passing motorists were already stopping to help the two men who’d been traveling in the vehicle, and Minnes pulled over. He could tell they’d arrived within a minute or two of the accident.
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Air Force Update

Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard train together

Photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

Two Oklahoma units, one Air National Guard and the other U.S. Air Force Reserve, used their shared legacy of teamwork and cooperation to make an ANG-wide aeromedical evacuation exercise run successfully for the third year in a row.

“It’s mainly about getting to see all the airframes at the same time,” Lt. Col. Darcy Tate, 137th Aeromedical Evaluation Squadron commander and crew evaluator. “The Airmen have the ability to go back and forth between the three and really see the differences. It also allows us to consolidate the training and get more done in a three-day timeframe than you do with a couple days here and there.”

The Air Reserve Component comprises approximately 87 percent of the total Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) force structure. The Air National Guard has ten AE squadrons and the Air Force Reserve Command has 18 AE squadrons. There are four active duty AE squadrons: two in CONUS and one each in USAFE and PACAF.

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Some ARTs eligible for aviation bonus

The Air Force Reserve Command is expanding the Aviation Bonus Program to qualifying Air Reserve Technicians (ART) as part of an effort to increase rated-aircrew retention.

“For years, eligible AGR pilots received bonuses of up to $25,000 per year. However, far fewer ART pilots were qualifying for similar incentives until very recently,” said Col. Mike LoForti, 920th Rescue Wing Operations Group commander.

During the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Defense hearing in April, Lieutenant General Miller addressed the pilot shortage.

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)

While ROA is supportive of allowing ARTs to qualify for pilot bonuses, we believe bonus programs should be extended to all ART officer and enlisted personnel when it is offered to traditional Reservist. Air Reserve Technicians hold both a civil service manpower position and a reserve manpower position. The bonus should be awarded to their reserve manpower position without regard to their civilian job, just as it is with traditional Reservist.
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Alaska Air National Guard rescue crews save injured climber

(Photo by NPS Chuck Lindsay)

A climber suffered severe trauma when he fell more than 100-foot fall Saturday evening, June 24, 2018. Because the accident occurred in the evening, he was not able to be rescued until early Sunday morning when an Alaska Air National Guard rescue team assisted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. The rescue took place despite thick clouds and zero visibility on the west side of the Neacola Mountains in Lake Clark National Park and Reserve.

The Neacola Mountains in the north central part of the park are the southern extension of the Alaska Range. The Alaska Range extends far north of the park boundary and includes Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America and the heart of Denali National Park.

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Military Family

USAA Hiring Military and Spouses

USAA is committed to hiring military members and spouses. They are currently on the FORTUNE No. 19 on 100 Best Companies to Work For® 2018. The FORTUNE ranking was based on USAA employees rating the company in the high 90th percentile range for great challenges, atmosphere, and rewards, among other categories. According to the company, USAA’s goal is “Maintaining a 30% military and military spouse hiring goal and achieving 25% military employee representation by 2020.” Positions are available in USAA’s four career areas of Customer Service & Sales, Insurance, Information Technology and Design.

Drug for Type 2 diabetes discontinued

The drug maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC is discontinuing the drug Tanzeum, a pen-injection prescription medication used to manage Type 2 diabetes. The details are posted in a article.

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Exchange Brings More Customer-Friendly Upgrades to

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service continues to make customer-friendly upgrades to, recently adding several new features that make it even easier to shop online with the Department of Defense’s largest military retailer.

The latest upgrade includes text-message order updates, which notify shoppers as soon as orders have shipped and when they are delivered, and a predictive search engine that helps shoppers find what they are looking for faster than ever.

Shoppers can also now initiate product returns from the site’s My Account page, hastening the return process and eliminating the need to include a pre-printed return label with every order. MILITARY STAR® cardholders can now check their available balance on the My Account page, making it easier to take advantage of the card’s industry-low interest rate and competitive rewards program.
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Member Updates

ROA National Council in the news on the All-volunteer Force

Sounding the alarm over weaknesses in the all-volunteer force, ROA National Council Member and retired USAR Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich’s June 28 op-ed “A war is a crisis if no one on our side up,” in The Hill makes some tough points and poses tougher questions regarding our nation’s readiness for future war.

ROA announces 20 academic year 2018-2019 Reilly Scholarships

ROA announced the twenty Henry J. Reilly Scholarship recipients for academic year 2018-2019 Thursday. This year’s number of scholarships doubled last year’s. The quality of applicants was very high! The checks are mailed in the name of the institution directly to recipients by our scholarship management company, ISTS. This is the second year we’ve used ISTS, to our great satisfaction.

Here’s the link for the BusinsessWire national news release that is now on our Facebook page, and is online:

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ROA member and former Chief, Army Reserve, Maj. Gen William Francis Ward, Jr., dies; to be buried Aug. 8 at West Point

Major General William Francis Ward, Jr., died peacefully on June 21, in Florida at age 89, following a series of strokes. Born in Everett, Massachusetts in 1928 to William Francis Ward, Sr., the son of a jurist and local politician, and Helen Schriber Ward, he was raised in Canton, Massachusetts, a small and politically active town outside of Boston. 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. 18050 Does USERRA Have a Statute of Limitations?
No. 18051 To Get Pay Raises that you Would Have Received if Continuously Employed you Must Return to the Pre-Service Employer
No. 18052 A Federal Agency Cannot Make You Quit the Reserves—Part 2
No. 18053 Section 4316(c) of USERRA: Special Protection against Discharge after Reemployment

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ROA Reunion Notice
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

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:

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:

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