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March 30, 2018


Legislative Update
Reserve Chiefs Updates
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

Military Life
Jobs on the Hill
Law Reviews

Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the
2018-19 Academic Year is Open

The Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the 2018-19 Academic Year is now open. Applications are due by April 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone.

The applicant portal link is

In its second year within ROA’s program of revitalizing, for academic year 2017-2018, ROA will award up to twenty $2500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees.

“We are excited to offer up to twice as many Henry J. Reilly scholarships this year as last,” said ROA’s President, retired USAF Lt. Col. Donald Stockton. “General Reilly prized education and one of ROA’s priorities is helping members with professional development and self-improvement. This program is of great benefit to ROA members and their families.” READ MORE >

DOD commemorates 1st anniversary of National
Vietnam War Veterans Day

The U.S. Department of Defense on 29 March marked the first anniversary of National Vietnam Veterans Day -- an observance introduced a year ago by President Donald Trump to honor veterans who felt alienated for years after the war.

The Pentagon held a wreath-laying ceremony at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. -- honoring the veterans for the first time since Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

"We are proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs in this endeavor," Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement. "Today is an opportunity to honor all Vietnam veterans who served, and to recognize the families that stood alongside them."

About nine million Americans served in the conflict between 1955 and 1975. The Pentagon said it makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere during the 20 years of the conflict.

"During this commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, we embrace our responsibility to help our Vietnam veterans and their families heal from the heavy toll of war," Trump said in a presidential proclamation. We remember the more than 58,000 whose names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our nation's capital for having borne the heaviest cost of war."

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982 and chronologically lists the names of the servicemen and women who died and went missing in the conflict. "I don't think any other president would've had the nerve to do something like this," Retired Army Maj. Rick Homer said of Trump's proclamation. "The only one I ever had any faith in was Ronald Reagan." MORE>

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Legislative Update

ROA Leader Conference a Success

ROA conducted its annual National Council and Leaders Conference 18-20 March in Washington, DC and it was a complete success! Leaders from the associations state departments and Executive Committee descended on the nation’s capital for the 3-day meeting, which included a variety of business and committee meetings, a joint reception for the 50th anniversary of the ROA Minuteman Memorial Building and the 100-year birthday celebration for USCG CAPT Walter Handy (Ret), founder of the USCG ROA Washington, D.C. chapter.

In addition, many members “Stormed the Hill” to meet with elected members of Congress to express legislative efforts ROA deems as critical to Reserve Component members. While ROA can claim eight big legislative wins (from fixing pre-planned involuntary call ups under 12304b; reducing the number of duty stations from 30+ to six; increasing the number of RC cyber training slots and expanding the RC cyber mission; reducing Army and USMC equipment shortages; funding NGREA; and increasing end strengths to support strategic and operational requirements) during the first session of the 115th Congress, we have many more we are focusing on. During the current second session, ROA is primarily looking at (1) conferring federal hiring preference for RC members, (2) developing a DD-214 type of statement to be issued upon separation for the RC, and (3) making permanent the federal biennial appropriation for military personnel (MilPers). Thank you to all who attended!

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Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of 27 March 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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Reserve Chiefs Updates
The Reserve Service Chiefs and the Office of the Secretary Of Defense have traditionally provided service updates, which were printed in The Officer magazine. Throughout the spring we will publish these 2018 updates here in The Reserve Voice. We thank the chiefs and OSD for providing these timely updates. In this issue we feature updates from the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and Director of the NOAA Corps and OMAO .

The Importance of Being Partners
General Joseph Lengyl, Chief of the National Guard Bureau

One of the enduring strengths of the National Guard is our ability to forge partnerships across a broad spectrum. Abroad, we partner with 73 nations in our State Partnership Program and our active duty brothers and sisters to protect American values and interests across the globe. At home, our interagency partners, including the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, our relationships with our civilian employers, and the support we receive from advocacy organizations like the Reserve Officers Association is critical to mission success. Most importantly, our partnerships with our friends and families creates a foundation and support system that enables our service.


Environmental Security Through Intelligence and Stewardship
Rear Admiral Michael J. Silah

Faced with tough national security and economic challenges and a natural world governed by powerful and mysterious forces that often threatened life, property and commerce, President Thomas Jefferson created a new federal agency in 1807 to support the nation’s defense, promote the well-being of its citizens and unlock nature’s secrets.

During the next 150 years, that agency, the Survey of the Coast (later the Coast & Geodetic Survey(C&GS)), would prove itself in war as well as in peacetime. With America’s entry into World War I, a commissioned service of the C&GS was formed in 1917 to ensure the rapid assimilation of C&GS technical skills for defense purposes.

The direct descendants of the C&GS, NOAA and the NOAA Corps work every day to keep the nation secure and productive by providing products and services that: support maritime domain awareness; help ensure safe passage of commercial and military traffic on our nation’s waterways; warn mariners, aviators and the public of severe weather; aid search and rescue efforts; and conserve and protect our natural resources. READ MORE >

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Army Reserve Update

NY National Guard's 'Fighting 69th' leads New York City's St. Patrick’s Day parade for 167th time

Spc. Alexander Rector)

More than 800 New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, lead the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade for the 167th time on Saturday, March 17.

The battalion, known as the "Fighting 69th," was originally organized as a militia unit for Irish immigrants. In 1851 the battalion was asked to lead the annual parade of Irish Catholics in case of anti-immigrant violence. The battalion has had this honor ever since, celebrating its Irish-American heritage.

While today's 69th Infantry is not the full Irish regiment of a century ago, the unit still remains a reflection of New York City's immigrant community, said battalion commander Lt. Col. Don Makay. "The battalion started as an immigrant battalion and continues to reflect the immigrant nature of the city, although that immigrant is no longer just Irish, but from many different countries."

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2018 Gerber Baby comes from Army National Guard family

Spc. Jason Warren and his wife, Cortney Warren, are shown with baby Lucas, who is the eighth baby to represent Gerber. (Photo: Warren Family)

Every year, Gerber holds a contest to find a cute baby to represent the company. This year, 1-year-old Lucas Warren was picked from 140,000 entries to be the 2018 Spokesbaby for the baby-food manufacture.

Lucas lives in Dalton, Georgia, and his dad is in the Georgia Army National Guard.

Spc. Jason Warren is an aircraft powertrain repairer with Company D, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment in Marietta. Warren and his wife, Cortney, submitted a photo of Lucas sitting in an overstuffed chair and sporting a polka-dot bow tie with a big smile. The smile won over Gerber, the company’s chief executive and president Bill Partyka told The Washington Post.

Lucas was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and his parents hope this opportunity brings awareness to the special-needs community. “We hope this … educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have potential to change the world,” Cortney Warren said in an Army news release.

Spc. Warren said he wants Lucas to help motivate others. “They might think if Lucas can do this, what can I do in my life?” he said in the release.

Lucas will be featured on Gerber’s social-media channels, and the family will receive $50,000.

The company, founded in 1927, originally held a contest to find a cute baby to represent the advertising campaign. An artist submitted a sketch of what became the official trademark. This prompted families to share their baby photos with Gerber, who launched the official photo competition in 2010. Lucas is the eighth baby to represent the baby-food company since the contest began.

This month, Warren plans to reenlist in the Army for another six years, according to the Army release. “I hope one day Lucas will see I was in the military and has a sense of pride,” he said.

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Gulf War Veterans with Gulf War Illness Research Survey

Researchers at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center(WRIISC) are actively trying to develop better treatments for Gulf War Veterans with Gulf War Illness (GWI). GWI is a term that refers to a group of unexplained or ill-defined chronic symptoms found in about one third of Veterans deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield (1990-1991). Despite much research, the cause of GWI remains unclear and symptoms vary. Research volunteers are needed for several studies.

For more information, visit the Veterans Health Administration website, the Department of Veterans Affairs website, or contact the NJ WRIISC at 1-800-248-8005.

Naval Services Update

Navy Reserve Component to Active Component Change Program

(Photo: US Navy)

To fill Active Component (AC) community needs, enlisted sailors may be directly accessed from the Reserve Component (RC). This not only leverages existing skill sets that reside in the RC population to improve and maintain AC community health, but also provides qualified sailors with an opportunity to resume or begin a career in the AC.

Applications for augmentation must be completed in Career Waypoint (C-WAY). Certain ratings have additional job requirements. Documentation proving that the applicant meets those requirements must be sent to via encrypted email for an application for augmentation to be complete. Quotas for the program are updated monthly.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your unit or NOSC career counselor, otherwise you may contact the NPC Customer Service Center, (866)-u-ask-npc or via email at which is manned Monday-Friday, 0700-1900, CST.

If you have technical issues in submitting an application, contact the C-WAY helpdesk at 901-874-2102.

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Direct hire program for enlisted Reserve Marines

Selected Marine Corps Reserve and Individual Mobilization Augmentee enlisted Marines, are you ready to advance your career and take on new challenges? If so, then the direct hire program may be exactly what you are looking for.

Currently, there are unfilled Active Reserve billets, which is impacting force readiness.

Through the use of the direct hire program, Inspector Instructor site commanders can submit qualified SMCR and IMA Marines for AR orders to fill these billets. The direct hire program is designed to fill AR vacancies and increase readiness across the force to 100 percent.

One of the key benefits of the direct hire program to the individual Marine is you become worldwide assignable following your initial AR tour and reenlistment. This means that Marines will not likely be assigned to consecutive tours at the location at which they accessed in to the program. It is a great opportunity to explore not only the country, but the world.

Typically tour lengths are 36-48 months based on the assignment, training requirements, and AR program needs.

So, if you are ready to embark on a great adventure and are interested in gaining more information about all the benefits of the direct hire program, please contact your career planner as they are the primary point of contact. READ MORE>

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Air Force Update

72 hours: Cadet saves suicidal man, assists finding crashed plane

The Air Force Academy prepares you to serve in the military but sometimes those lessons kick-in before graduation. According to the article, “In the span of 72 hours, Bell talked a suicidal man off a Colorado Springs overpass and helped air traffic controllers in Northern California locate a downed aircraft.” Cadet 3rd Class Jack Bell, Cadet Squadron 29, said his actions stemmed in part from his military upbringing and the values instilled within him from a young age. His father served as a Navy fighter pilot for 20 years and his mother has an extensive background within education.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Rivezzo

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USAF and Veterans groups Roundtable Discussion

ROA attended a veterans and military group round table discussion on Thursday with key USAF officials. This was the first time the Air Force had hosted this kind of engagement, which received widespread positive feedback and represents a laudable approach to public communications by the Air Force. READ MORE >

West Virginia Airmen share skills during African Partnership Flight

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier

“African Partnership Flight is a program specifically designed to allow friends and partners from across the continent to travel together, to work together, to learn together, so they may learn to know each other,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Allen, chief of global health engagements branch, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa. West Virginia Air National Guard medical technicians, assigned to the 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, provided support to Africa Command. READ HERE

The Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard support the United States Africa Command,(U.S. AFRICOM)

This command is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department's geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became fully operational capable on Oct. 1, 2008.

The Reserve Personnel and Resources Office (J1/8-J12) in U.S. Africa Command HQ’s manages operational and strategic RC forces, ensuring members are trained, ready, and integrated to meet mission requirements.

  • We manage Individual Mobilization Augmentees (IMAs) to fill IMA billets identified on the Joint Table of Mobilization and Distribution (JTMD) in order to provide operational support requirements and manpower required to shift to a wartime, contingency, or mobilization footing.
  • We manage service allocated funding for RC augmentation to provide short-term operational requirements (up to one fiscal year) and missions, 30–365 days above and beyond routine duty.
  • We maintain U.S. Africa Command's RC policy and is the primary advisor on all Reserve Component issues.

Military Life

Health Care Beneficiaries May Lose Their Benefit

ROA recently received a notice from the Military Health System that there are approximately 61,000 beneficiaries that may lose their health care benefit because they have not set-up payments for TRICARE fees via electronic funds transfer (EFT) to provide their payment information.

Please note: approximately half of this number represents the number of beneficiaries who are at risk of disenrollment for nonpayment of fees during the normal course of events.

As of Friday, 16 MAR 2018, Humana reported there are approximately 41,000 beneficiaries in the TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR), TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS), and TRICARE Young Adults (TYA) health plans who have not transferred their EFT or credit card payment information.

Health Net Federal Services reported that approximately 20,000 beneficiaries in the premium-based health plans had not transferred their EFT or credit card payment information.

TRICARE Reserve Select monthly premiums options.
TRICARE Retired Reserve monthly premiums options.
TRICARE monthly premiums options for other programs.

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New Vision and Dental Plans Coming Soon to Military Families and Retirees

Photo by U.S. Air Force/Benjamin W. Stratton

The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) will be offered for the first time to TRICARE eligible retirees and their families during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season.

In 2019 most retirees and active-duty family members will be newly eligible to enroll in the FEDVIP vision insurance program. Eligibility includes:

  • Member of the Retired Reserve (including a gray area reservist who is under age 60 and entitled to retired pay, but might not yet receive it), and you may add your eligible family members
  • Member of the Reserve Components enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select, and you may add your eligible family members
The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Those enrolled in TRDP must choose a dental plan through FEDVIP to have coverage in 2019. Enrollment is not automatic. Eligibility for the dental program includes member of the Retired Reserve (including a gray area reservist who is under age 60 and entitled to retired pay, but might not yet receive it), and you may add your eligible family members.

The Federal Benefits Open Season enrollment period, Nov. 12, 2018 through Dec. 10, 2018, runs concurrently with the TRICARE Open Season. Coverage will be effective Jan. 1, 2019. READ HERE

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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. 18024 Working as an Air Reserve Technician Does Not Amount to “Service in the Uniformed Services” for USERRA Purposes
No. 18025 OSC Acts To Enforce USERRA against the USPS
No. 18026 Duty under 10 U.S.C. 12301(d) Can Be Exempt from the Five-Year Limit under USERRA
No. 18027 The USPS Is a “Federal Executive Agency” for Purposes of USERRA
No. 18028 USERRA’s Definition of “Uniformed Services”
No. 18029 Don’t Try To Work at your Civilian Job while on Active Duty—Part 2
No. 18030 Great New Federal Circuit Case about Paid Military Leave for Federal Employees

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ROA Reunion Notice
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

2018 U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association (USAOCSAA) Reunion
DATE: March 25-29, 2018 • Location: Columbus, Ga.

Housing: Columbus Marriott Hotel
POC: Nancy Ionoff • Phone: 813-917-4309

12th TFW, MacDill AFB, FL; Cam Ranh AB & Phu Cat AB; 389 TFS & 480 TFS, Da Nang, Vietnam; 555th TFS 1964-66 and 12th FEW/SFW (Bergstrom AFB, TX & Korea), and all supporting units
Date: 4 – 7 April 2018 • Location: Tucson, AZ
Contact: E. J. Sherwood • email: • Phone: 480-396-4681

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:

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

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