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November 30, 2018


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ROA Update
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Reserve Organization of America in Peru

By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Franco, USNR

ROA Strategic Communications Committee member

U.S. delegates from the Reserve Organization of America attend the Union Panamericana de Oficiales de Reserva de las Fuerzas Armadas (UPORFA) annual Congress. The event was attended by more than 100 Guard/Reserve officers and guests from seven countries. UPORFA is a non-profit, private law, advocate and protector of human rights, justice and democracy, defending the security and effectiveness of fundamental rights, is comprised of Professional Reserve Officers from different countries hemisphere.

LIMA, Peru (Oct. 19, 2018) – The Reserve Organization of America (ROA) recently supported a U.S. delegation of Reservists to attend the Union Panamericana de Oficiales de Reserva de las Fuerzas Armadas (UPORFA) annual Congress. The U.S. delegation, joined other South American Reservists, specifically discussed the strategic, operational value of a Reserve force, collaborated on strengthening support for Reserve training programs, and promoted the need interoperability to meet collective security challenges in the Central and Southern Hemisphere.

The UPORFA Congress was attended by more than 100 Guard/Reserve officers and guests from seven countries: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Peru, United States and South Africa in observer status. Of those attending, U.S. Maj. Gen. Philip M. Churn from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Reserve Matters, and U.S. Brig. Gen. Dustin A. Schultz, the senior federal U.S. Army Officer in the Caribbean, were present.

The event offered an opportunity to exchange rationale for an operational Reserve force and offered a framework to determine when and how to best use Reserve forces strategically. Highlighted issues included a discussion about the role of women in a traditionally male-dominated military. Many South American countries embrace family values, where women are expected to care for loved ones at home, however, several South American countries now support expanding opportunities for women in a Reserve force. Additionally, the role of humanitarian aid efforts, especially the challenges to provide national security resources in hostile regions within Chile, were expressed.

The event ended with a gala dinner whereby ROA’s US delegation presented its International medal to Col. Carlos Sierra Galindo from Colombia for his unwavering support and commitment to UPORFA.

UPORFA is a non-profit, private law, advocate and protector of human rights, justice and democracy, defending the security and effectiveness of fundamental rights, is comprised of Professional Reserve Officers from different countries hemisphere. Future scheduled UPORFA events include its upcoming Congresses: 2019 in Colombia; 2020 in Chile; and 2021 in Peru to coincide with its 200th independence anniversary. For more information, visit

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Legislative Update

Veterans in the 116th Congress

(Photo: US Capitol Historic Society)

The new Congress will begin on 116th and in the meantime members are electing leadership positions. Additionally, the Democrats as majority in the House and the Republicans as majority in the Senate are deciding on legislative priority issues.

The 116th Congress has seven fewer veterans than were in the 115th Congress.

  • 95 total veterans in the 116th Congress.
  • 30 are Democrats, 65 are Republicans.
  • 18 will serve in the Senate, 77 will serve in the House.
  • 47 served in the military after 2000.
  • 21 served in the military in the 1960s or earlier.
  • 19 are first-time lawmakers.
  • 6 are women.
  • 50 served in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
  • 17 served in the Marine Corps or Marine Corps Reserve.
  • 16 served in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard.
  • 13 served in the Navy or Naval Reserve.
  • 1 served in the Coast Guard.
table of Veterans is available. The column “In office now?” indicates newly elected Congressional members.

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ROA Moves Forward with DD Form 214 Changes

(Photo: US Park Service)

ROA has engaged with Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US to get a bill introduced on the 214 in the closing days of the 115th Congress. ROA was the first to identify that there was a provision in Title 10 that could be changed to the 214 and EANGUS worked to get the bill drafted. The partnership with EANGUS is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when we join forces. The bill will align issuing the form to Reserve and National Guard members under the same standards as active duty. This change will resolve the problems many Reserve Component members face when they file for federal and state benefits. The bipartisan bill is expected to be reintroduced in the 116th Congress. This action was taken in support of ROA Resolution 17-04 DD Form 214 Issued upon Separation from the Reserve Component.

ROA Contributes to AF Policy Change

In March, at the ROA National Council, ROA was alerted to a difference between active duty and Reserve and National Guard servicemembers in how they were processed for a medical evaluation according to the USAF Medical Standards Directory. The differences occurred when prescriptions for mental health treatment were given by the Department of Veterans Affairs and civilian providers to the RC who were then tagged for medical disqualification. This did not occur to active duty personnel who took the same medicine. ROA engaged with senior leaders in the Pentagon, Reserve Forces Policy Board, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, National Guard Association of the US, and ENGAUS asking for change. The Air Force Reserve just released an article where they have eliminated this difference. This action was taken in support of ROA Resolution 18-19 TBI and PTSD Treatment.
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ROA member receives Secretary of Defense medal

Lt. Col. Darren Venters, USAF (Ret.) was recently recognized for exceptional public service as the State Chair of the Arizona Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, Defense Human Resources Activity, from December 2014 to September 2018.

The office of the Secretary of Defense presented Lt. Col. Venters with a citation stating, “His exceptional leadership, dedication and commitment to the mission of the Arizona Committee significantly enhanced and sustained employer support for the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces Guard and Reserve. His performance and initiative were the driving force behind significant improvements to essential ESGR programs. Committing substantial personal time, he routinely went above and beyond to support the mission of HQs ESGR, the Arizona Committee, the thousands of Guardsmen and Reservists in Arizona, and their supportive employers. As a result, employers have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of their employees’ Reserve Component military service. The distinctive accomplishments of Mr. Venters reflect great credit upon himself and the Department of Defense.” Congratulations, sir, and thank you for all your hard work!
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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of November 20, 2018 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

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ROA Update

How the military’s tribalism erodes readiness — count the ways

ROA's November 18 column in The Hill follows up our previous piece, tackling the importance of recognition that the RC is a front-line participant in national security. READ MORE>
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Army Reserve Update

CA National Guard called in to assist with fires

Governor Brown surveys Camp Fire damage in the Town of Paradise, CA. (Photo: The Sacramento Bee)

California National Guard troops joined the grim search over Thanksgiving in the search for more victims in the ruins of an incinerated northern California town of Paradise while the death toll climbed to 85 in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

Governor Jerry Brown activated the state’s National Guard forces to assist emergency teams sift through the now contained “Camp Fire” disaster, located about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. Local authorities released a revised list of 130 people reported missing, the majority over the age of 65. A total of
14,000 homes were destroyed by the now contained fires. READ MORE>

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Army retention policy for non-deployable soldiers

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The Army will implement a new directive to reduce the number of non-deployable Soldiers, which will increase personnel readiness across the Total Force. This directive affirms the commitment of Army senior leaders to increase the readiness of the force as outlined in the Army Vision

For the first time, this Army policy defines what it means to be deployable, specifically deployable Soldiers. READ MORE>

Naval Services Update

FY19 USCGR SELRES bonus amounts, eligibility and special incentive

The USCG recently announced eligibility and amounts paid for SELRES Enlistment, Affiliation and Prior Service Enlistment bonuses. These bonuses are being continued to help facilitate a return to authorized workforce strength. Additionally, these bonuses will enable critical units to be maintained at full capacity. READ MORE>

USNR flu shots now available!

Right: Commander, Navy Reserve Force Vice Adm. Luke McCollum is given his annual flu-vaccination at NOSC Denver while visiting the NOSC during the November drill weekend. (Photo: USNR)

With the beginning of the new fiscal year comes the annual requirement for flu shots. All SELRES sailors can now obtain a flu shot or flu mist at your Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) medical office, while supplies last. This annual requirement insures the fleet stays healthy with the impending winter flu season ahead.

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Air Force Update

Elephant Walk

F-35A Lightning IIs photo by Cynthia Griggs.

An impressive show of force as the active duty 388th and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wings conduct a combat power exercise on Nov. 19, 2018.

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SG increasing lethality at Wings

The Air Force Surgeon General’s office recently tested a new process where Reserve and National Guard wing commanders along with their active duty counterparts will “. . .have the authority to allow members to continue serving, in a full or limited range, while his or her waiver is being adjudicated at headquarters. The commander will review the member’s records and make the decision in conjunction with a local medical provider’s recommendation.”

ROA began working this issue with the previous AFRC Commander, Gen. Maryanne Miller, after we discovered several reserve units that had Reservist waiting up to 4 years for a decision on their medical status. While waiting for a decision their duty status was coded to make them ineligible to perform duty until a decision was rendered. ROA research showed these delays were a combination of insufficient medical manpower and lack of guidance for the servicemember to understand the process requirements.

The result of these problems meant that servicemembers were accumulating “bad years” for retirement because they could not perform duty. This change means servicemembers will be evaluated by their commander who can decide if they should perform duty. ROA applauds these common-sense policy changes! READ HERE

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Military Family

Don’t let time run out – only 10 days left!

In 2019, dental and vision insurance plans for retirees and their families will be available through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). If you’re eligible, the first opportunity to enroll in a plan is during the Federal Benefits Open Season. This will take place from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. READ HERE

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MILITARY STAR Launches Mobile App for Streamlined Customer Experience

DALLAS – For military shoppers, the MILITARY STAR® card experience just got more convenient.

The military exchange store credit card rolled out a mobile app, MILITARY STAR Mobile, that will allow shoppers to make payments, sign up for push notifications and view account information, including all transactions and past billing statements. Biometric security features ensure that all account information stays safe.

App users can track rewards points and see how close they are to their next $20 rewards card, which cardholders automatically earn every 2,000 points. The MILITARY STAR rewards program earns shoppers two points per dollar. Shoppers can check out ongoing MILITARY STAR savings and discounts on the app, as well.

“We’re listening to our cardholders’ feedback about how we can make MILITARY STAR a better fit for their lifestyle,” said Tommy Ward, Exchange Vice President of Credit Operations. “This mobile app puts all the MILITARY STAR information they need right in their hands.”

The app is available now for iPhones, and an Android version is coming soon. READ MORE >

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AAFES Exchange Extended Holiday Return Policy

Army & Air Force Exchange Service is extending its return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24.

The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns from 15 to 90 days after purchase with a sales receipt or online order confirmation depending on the item. The holiday return policy extends these terms through Jan. 31.

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Navy Lodge Locations Offer Discount This Holiday Season

At the Navy Lodge, “We Believe!” in holiday specials! Guests who reserve a room from Nov. 22, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019, at select locations will receive 20 percent off their stay. Reservations need to be made online at or to receive the discount.

“The Navy Lodge Program wants to give back to our guests who sacrifice so much for us by offering an even greater savings,” said Mike Bockelman, Vice President, Navy Exchange Service Command, Director, Navy Lodge Program and DoD Reservation Center. “By giving 20 percent off their stay, I hope our guests have the opportunity to visit with loved ones or have loved ones visit them this holiday season. From the Navy Lodge family to yours, happy holidays.”

Navy Lodges participating in the holiday promotion include Annapolis, Bethesda and Patuxent River, Md.; Fort Worth and Corpus Christi, Texas; Lemoore, El Centro, Port Hueneme, Moffett Field and Monterey, Calif.; Great Lakes, Ill.; Fallon, Nev.; Memphis, Tenn.; Gulfport, Miss.; Washington, D.C.; New London, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; Newport, R.I.; Everett and Whidbey Island, Wash.; Pensacola, Mayport and Jacksonville, Fla.; Kings Bay, Ga.; and Norfolk and Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.

Guests will find oversized guest rooms and family suites along with lobby that promotes a fun and social atmosphere that fits the busy lifestyle of today’s service members and their families. On site amenities include vending machines, laundry area and workout room as well as children’s outside play area at many locations. Navy Lodges also offer guests free Wi-Fi, breakfast and weekly manager’s reception. Every Navy Lodge is handicapped accessible. As an added convenience, dogs and cats up to 70 pounds in weight can stay at most Navy Lodges when traveling with its owner. Guests need to contact the specific Navy Lodge regarding pet policies.
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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities

ROA TAPS for October 2018

(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During October 2018, 257 of our ROA comrades passed from our ranks. On behalf of our membership, we thank these brave men and women for their many years of service and wish their families peace. READ MORE>

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. 18105 Yes, you Can Qualify for Regular Military Retirement and Reemployment under USERRA and Civilian Pension Credit for your Military Service Time
No. 18106 Make-up Promotion Exam for Reservist on Active Duty and away from his or her Police Officer Job

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The Veteran’s Creed is a set of principles to promote continued service and leadership by Veterans in their communities and to our country.

To publish your reunion notice in Reserve Voice, email or send by mail to
ROA Reunion Notice
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

USS Lawrence Association DDG-4 & DD-250
May 1 -5, 2019
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel • Ph: 413-372-9086
110 Lexington Ave., San Antonio, TX
POC: Craig Bernat Ph: 814-322-4140 • Email:

4th Infantry (IVY) Division 2019 National Reunion
19-25 August, University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri
For more information, visit the association website at

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.

USS Stickell DD-888 Reunion
October 28-30, 2019
Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport, RI
POC: Don O’Brien, Ph: 401-847-1706 • Email:

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