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November 30, 2017


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Legislative Update

Trump’s Hurricane Relief Request Adds $1 Billion To Fix Military Facilities

(Photo: Bill Frymire)

The day after Thanksgiving, the White House submitted a request to the U.S. Congress for $44 billion in additional hurricane relief funds associated with the 2017 hurricane storms (Harvey, Irma and Maria). This request included $1 billion to fix and repair numerous military installations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and the U.S islands which were impacted by the recent storms. The requested aid will be offset by cuts to other U.S. government departments. READ MORE>

Army Reserve Update

U.S. Army Needs 80,000 Recruits to Meet 2018 Goal

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The Army is entering the second of two back-to-back years of recruiting challenges, owing mostly to congressional budget decisions that first prompted it to shed soldiers as quickly as possible, then to suddenly pivot back into growth mode.

In December 2016, partway through the fiscal year, the annual defense authorization bill ordered the Army to halt a then-ongoing, multi-year drawdown from 565,000 to 450,000 active-duty soldiers and rebuild the force to 476,000. For 2017 alone, that meant recruiters suddenly had to find and onboard 6,000 more enlistees than the 62,500 they’d planned for the year, the largest “in-year” recruiting increase in the Army’s history.

And for 2018, according to newly-announced figures from Army Recruiting Command, the mission will increase to 80,000 new active-duty recruits. READ MORE>

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New Army Tattoo Rules

It's official: Soldiers can now get their arms, legs and most of their bodies covered in tattoos.

(Photo: Walt Smith)

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Army National Guard Update

New Army Reserve Unit Takes Over Deployed Warrior Center Medical Management

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The Soldiers of the 7227th Medical Support Unit, Det. 18, from Columbia, Missouri, completed a nine-month deployment of staffing the DWMMC in Landstuhl, Germany. They handed the mission over to the 7217th Medical Support Unit, Det. 1, from Perrine, Florida, during a transfer of authority ceremony in the LRMC chapel. READ MORE>

South Carolina Guard, Colombian army hold artillery exchange

Colombian Army leaders visit the 1-178th Field Artillery, South Carolina Army National Guard, during an exchange in support of the South Carolina National Guard's State Partnership Program at the McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina, Nov. 18, 2017. The Colombians visited the unit to observe a live-fire exercise with the M109A6 Paladin 155mm howitzer. (Photo Credit: Spc. Chelsea Baker)

Colombian army leaders joined the South Carolina Army National Guard during a recent live-fire exercise with the 1-178th Field Artillery Battalion at the McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina, Nov. 18.

The exchange was part of the South Carolina National Guard's State Partnership Program with the Republic of Colombia. This was the first time the Colombians observed a live-fire exercise with the organization's M109A6 Paladin 155mm howitzer, as part of the Colombian Army's goal to enhance their field artillery structure and learn more about a U.S. Army field artillery battery.

"This is the culmination of a series of visits where the South Carolina National Guard was able to help the Colombian army understand how the U.S. Army utilizes artillery on the battlefield," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. David King, State Partnership Program director.

South Carolina has been partnered with the Republic of Colombia through the National Guard's State Partnership Program since 2012. There are more than 70 state partnerships throughout the National Guard who are paired with various countries around the world. READ MORE>

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Naval Services Update

US Navy stops pepper spraying sailors every 3 years

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U.S. Navy sailors will no longer have to relive the painful pepper spray experience every three years.

The Navy announced Tuesday sailors will only have to get pepper sprayed in the eyes once, instead of the every three-year requirement that had been in place, after it received complaints about the agonizing training.

“One and done! Effective immediately we are ELIMINATING the 3-year recertification requirement for pepper spray as part of our force protection training,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson wrote in a Facebook post with a video. “Once you get that experience you’ll never forget it, and you’ll be able to fight through pepper spray for the rest of your career,” Richardson said.

In the training, sailors are hit with pepper spray in their eyes and forced to protect themselves against an attacker by performing self-defense moves. It’s supposed to help in case of similar, real-life situations. The Navy’s official YouTube page posted a 2015 video where a sailor, who was pepper sprayed, said she felt like “a blow torch” had hit her face.

Pepper spray can cause difficulty in breathing and temporary blindness for about 30 to 45 minutes after the liquid hits people’s eyes. READ MORE>

Future USMC Training May Include Emotional Intelligence Test

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The U.S. Marine Corps is on a mission to promote better leaders -- and it's on the hunt for a diagnostic tool that can help find them

“Having a toxic boss results in a 48 percent decrease in work effort and 38 percent decrease in work quality,” said Dr. George Reed, dean of the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He spoke in the Pentagon on Oct. 15 at a Pentagon Chaplains Office-sponsored seminar, "Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military."

In October, the service published a request for information regarding an emotional intelligence test that can identify "career Marines who may develop into ineffective or counterproductive leaders." The goal is to determine a metric for how to recognize, promote and retain the most competent, mature and capable leaders. Similar tests are currently utilized by various public safety departments.

Officials said the Corps plans to use such a tool during a study period of at least five years, beginning in June 2018, to determine if it can help the service root out problem leaders.

While experts don't agree on a definition for a toxic leader or even the term, most would agree that such a leader displays two characteristics: an apparent lack of concern for the well-being of others, as perceived by those they supervise; and, an interpersonal style that negatively impacts organizational climate. READ MORE>

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Air Force Update

AF Resolves Yellow Ribbon Travel Funding Issue

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

The Yellow Ribbon events were established after 9-11 to help Reserve Component members and their families prepare for deployment. On any given day, nearly 6,000 Air Force Reservists are serving on active duty worldwide in support of combatant commanders and other agencies and major commands.” During deployments family members invariably face many challenges and the Yellow Ribbon events help them connect with resources before and after deployment. Travell problems occurred when servicemembers filed
for reimbursement of expenses submitted for more than two guests (i.e. spouse and children).

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Military Life

Wreaths Across America

The annual tradition to lay wreaths on military grave sites across the country will occur on Saturday, December 16th, at 8:30 a.m. Donations and volunteers are needed. Executive Director, Karen Worcester of Worcester Wreaths explained, “We encourage every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran's grave to say that veteran's name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive.” READ HERE>

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Exchange Rings in the Holidays by Giving Away $1,750 in Gift Cards

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving away $1,750 in gift cards to three lucky shoppers during the Proctor & Gamble Holiday Greetings Sweepstakes. Shoppers can enter by submitting a video of their favorite holiday greeting. GET THE DETAILS >

December 1 Military Officer Job Fair - Washington DC Metro Area

You are invited to meet face-to-face with representatives from Lockheed Martin, LMI, DynCorp, Institute for Defense Analyses, Endeavor Air, Southern California Edison, PenFed, ENSCO, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, and many more at the December 1st Military Officer Job Fair. This job fair will be held from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the ballroom of the Army Navy Country Club, located at 1700 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Virginia. An Employer Panel discussion for job seekers will start at 8:00 am in the Williamsburg Room. Business attire recommended. Bring many copies of your resume. Be sure to research the companies in advance, including contacting people you know who are working at the companies. While sponsored by the West Point Society of DC, this job fair is open and free to ALL transitioning and former military officers (O-, W-) regardless of commissioning source or branch of service. For more information and to pre-register, visit By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you'll receive the job fair Employer Directory before the event and give the participating companies early access to your credentials. Good luck!

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

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2017 Manhattans Martinis & Mistletoe

You are invited to a festive holiday celebration benefitting Student Veterans of America, The Travis Manion Foundation, and Wreaths Across America. Wednesday December 6 in Washington, D.C. Black Tie or service equivalent uniform. DETAILS & TICKETS >

In Memoriam

Catherine Dailey, Navy veteran and ROA member, 98

Catherine M. Bernice Dailey, 98, of Manchester, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the US Naval Home, Gulfport, MS.

Born in Manchester, she was the daughter of the late James and Catherine Dailey. Catherine was a graduate of St. James School, Manchester High School and George Washington University. She was a retired lieutenant in the US Navy retiring after 37 years of service, having served in World War II and Korea. Catherine was a member of the Navy WAVES, the Reserve Officers Association and the US Navy League.

She is survived by her sister Alice D'Attillio of East Hartford, her friend at the Naval Home Stanley Sagara and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings Eleanor Dailey Wandzy, Agnes E. Dailey, James Dailey and Maurice Dailey.

Funeral service was held on Monday, November 20th, at 9:30 a.m. from the John F. Tierney Funeral Home 219 West Center St. Manchester with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Church 896 Main St. Manchester followed by burial in St. James Cemetery.

For online condolences please
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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. 17108 School Principal and School District Violate SCRA in their Treatment of Deployed Service Member regarding School Registration
No. 17109 Great New USERRA Victory in the 9th Circuit
No. 17110 Yes, USERRA Applies to 12304b Duty
No. 17111 Yes, a Reservist Can Be Entitled to Veterans’ Preference
No. 17112 Yes, Your Son Can Have the Right to Reemployment after Regular Navy Service
No. 17113 Using your Vacation Does Not Mean that the Period of Service Does Not Count toward the Five-year Limit
No. 17114 The MSPB Has Ground to a Halt

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Washington, DC 20002

11th Airborne Division Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter; 11th Air Assault Division, and 187th Airborne RCT Annual Los Banos Reunion
Date: February 24-28, 2018 • Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
POC: Joseph W. Cole • email: • Phone: 502-641-2631

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 San Marcos (LSD-25) Reunion
Date: May 4-6, 2018 • Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Jack Lieberman

USS Taylor (DD/DDE-468)
Date: 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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