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October 30, 2017


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Army Reserve Update

Army Reserve medical professionals enhance training, readiness through community clinics

1st Lt. Henry Chumba, a medical surgical nurse assigned to 7246th Medical Support Unit located in Elkhorn, Nebraska, is one of approximately 25 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers who are working in partnership with Rosebud Indian Health Service to provide medical care to the local tribal population. Photo: Lt. Col. Angela Wallace, US Army Reserve

Readiness continues to be a top priority for leaders across the U.S. Army, as well as within Army Reserve Medical Command. As the Army Reserve's premier medical command that provides vital medical capabilities essential to the total force, the command's leaders have to ensure that their Soldiers receive relevant training in realistic environments to ensure they are ready when the nation calls. As part of this training, approximately 25 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to Army Reserve Medical Command's Central Medical Area Readiness Support Group are working in partnership with Rosebud Indian Health Service to provide medical care to the local tribal population. The Indian Health Service provides preventive, curative, and community health care for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in hospitals, clinics, and other settings throughout the United States. READ HERE>

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Soldier risks her life, earns Soldier's Medal

Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Breckenkamp

Saving lives is nothing new to Sgt. 1st Class Alicia Hofmann. As an Army Reserve medic in Kentucky, she saved lives while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a civilian registered nurse, she has cared for patients and saved many lives in medical-surgical nursing, oncology, cardiology, and psychiatry. But, on Oct. 4, 2014, her life-saving skills were tested by fire, literally, earning her the coveted Soldier's Medal. At that time, Hofmann was a staff sergeant and assigned as the senior medic to the 303rd Military Police Company in Jackson, Michigan and driving to her Army Reserve battle assembly when came upon a fire from an automobile that had struck a guardrail. Her quick thinking coupled with her civilian and military training caused her to immediately act and save the life of the car driver. For her actions she was recently awarded the Soldier's Medal which is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army, distinguishes themselves by heroism not involving conflict with an enemy. READ HERE>

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Army National Guard Update

Rollout of Army National Guard 4.0 Released at U.S. House
Guard and Reserve Caucus Meeting

Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy (Director of the Army National Guard) (left) and Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey (Chief of Army Reserve) (right) listen to U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-WI) at the House Guard and Reserve Caucus Breakfast. Photo: ROA Staff

ROA was invited to a 24 October special invitation-only “rollout” breakfast on the Army National Guard’s 4.0 program with the U.S. House of Representative’s Guard and Reserve Caucus in the Cannon House Office Building.

Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy (Director of the Army National Guard) and Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey (Chief of Army Reserve) together briefed this new important “evolutionary leap” for citizen-soldiers.

The Army National Guard 4.0 program (ARNG 4.0) is a forward-looking initiative that will change the way units train, mobilize and deploy by bringing them closer to the regular Army operational tempo. This shift is driven by the expectations that the U.S. will face threats on multiple fronts overseas within a decade, requiring leaders and units to be staffed, equipped and trained at sustainable levels to quickly deploy for simultaneous contingencies. READ HERE>

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New York Army National Guard Engineers bring construction
skills to Puerto Rico

(Photo: Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell)

125 Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 152nd Engineer Support Company headed for Puerto Rico from the air base on Oct. 18-19, the latest installment in the New York National Guard's support to the island. The Buffalo, N.Y. based engineers are prepared to conduct debris removal, clear roads, and get lines of communication open, according to Capt. Nathan Attard, the company command.

The New York National Guard has already deployed 60 Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation and the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, along with four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and 132 members of the 442nd Military Police Company to Puerto Rico. The aviators are flying food and water delivery missions while the MPs are conducting security missions on two of Puerto Rico's offshore islands. READ HERE>

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Naval Services Update

U.S. Navy Memorial celebrates Navy’s Birthday

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Oct. 10, 2017) The Lone Sailor Statue is pictured at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument Visitor Center in Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corwin M. Colbert/Released)

The U.S. Navy Memorial unveiled the construction of a lone sailor statue at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The statue will be installed at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, standing watch over the USS Arizona memorial.

The statute commemorates the Navy’s celebration of its 242nd birthday. Unveiling the statue shows respect for the maritime forces and all of the Sailors who have given their lives to fight for the United States. A majority of the funding for the statue came from the proceeds of the U.S. money Reserve’s sales of its 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor gold and silver coins. READ HERE>

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Navy Medicine Reservists help in Puerto Rico disaster relief

Photo: US Navy

More than 750 Navy Medicine personnel embarked on the USNS Comfort to support the United States military response to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Navy Reserve Physicians, nurses, and hospital corpsmen stepped up to help in the relief, and an additional 30 reservists are arriving later in the week.

Navy Reservists can be ordered to active duty in times of war and national emergency, however, for peacetime support in humanitarian missions such as hurricane relief, they only serve if they are able to volunteer. The astounding number of volunteers come from various locations around the country, including Guam, California, Hawaii, New York, and Maine. These Reservists are supporting services in Puerto Rico such as family medicine, inpatient care, physical therapy, surgical services, and oncology. READ HERE>

President Trump to nominate Retired U.S. Navy Admiral as Ambassador to Norway

Philadelphia health industry executive, former councilman, and a retired Navy Admiral Kenneth Braithwaite is under consideration to become the U.S. Ambassador to Norway. Braithwaite served in the Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve for 27 years, and currently serves as an executive for Vizient, a health care strategy and performance improvement company. Braithwaite was a Navy aviator and received his bachelor’s degree from the Naval Academy. READ HERE>

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USS Kitty Hawk to be dismantled

Photo: US Navy

The USS Kitty Hawk, an iconic mothball ship, will be dismantled to be disposed of. In the FY17 budget plans outlined by Congress, the Kitty Hawk was among one of the Navy’s inactive ships that was slated for scrapping. The Navy has not released any information about when the dismantling is to take place and what company will be awarded the contract.

The Kitty Hawk was decommissioned in 2009 after 48 years of active service. It has been held in reserve status at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington ever since. During its active service days, the Kitty Hawk participated in combat operations in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and in the Arabian Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was the fleet’s only permanently forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka, Japan, from 1998 to 2008.

The Kitty Hawk was the last conventionally powered aircraft in active service in the fleet. The Navy once considered the possibility of recommissioning the Kitty Hawk to increase the cost of the fleet, but it ended up being too cost prohibitive. READ HERE>

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NEX To Offer Fee Free Layaway in November

To kick off the holiday season, the NEX is offering fee free layaway for all new layaways from November 3 – 22, 2017. READ MORE >

Air Force Update

AF Reservists Volunteers for the Tampa-area Veterans Treatment Court

Senior Master Sgt. James Salgado, standing center, and retired Army Col. D.J. Reyes, seated center, with their team of Veterans Treatment Court mentors. Salgado and Reyes are lead mentors for the Tampa-area 13th Circuit Veteran Treatment Court, which has a bi-weekly docket of nearly 100 veterans. (Courtesy Photo)

Veteran’s courts were established to help veterans who are in the courts because of a misdemeanor or felony but are not otherwise considered criminals. The Department of Veterans Affairs identified that some times illegal activities were a consequence of their military service and veteran benefits could help servicemembers turn their life around. Senior Master Sgt. James Salgado is a reservist who volunteers because he saw his father struggle with PTSD from combat in World War II. ROA is working with the National Military and Veterans Alliance to increase the number of courts in the United States. READ MORE>

Air Force Reservist Help Wounded in Las Vegas Shooting

Senior Airman Jon Brauch (U.S, Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alexandria Shade)

On October 1, Senior Airman Jon Brauch, an AF Reservist, was driving to work along the Las Vegas strip when the shooting occurred, and he immediately began helping wounded fleeing the concert. He along with other reservists from the 926th found themselves treating the wounded and transporting them to local hospitals. READ MORE>

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Air National Guard Update

Kentucky Air National Guard Provide 7.2 Million Pounds of
Supplies to Puerto Rico

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer

The 123rd Contingency Support Group from Kentucky is the only group in the Guard that deploys to natural disasters to open an aerial port of debarkation for relief supplies to event areas. They also processed more then 3,800 passengers from the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as well as other agencies to support Puerto Rico. ROA’s legislative priority to provide pre-deployment and transition healthcare for National Guard and Reserve members who deploy for natural disasters was included in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act which is pending a final vote by Congress. READ MORE>

Military Life

DOD to discusses more money for reservists who travel far to serve

U.S. Military Reservists often have to travel great distances to serve, and in most cases, have to spend their drill pay for traveling expenses. Now, the Department of Defense is considering reducing the expenses of these Reservists by as much as two-thirds as the Department considers changes to the Reserve travel policy as a retention tool. Despite the concern from the Department about these increasing expenses, a report released by the Government Accountability Office says the Pentagon needs more data before it can implement changes.

It has been said previously by military officials that in some cases, the cost of attending monthly training may even exceed drill pay, requiring reservists to pay out of pocket to perform military service. The increase in reimbursement requested by the DOD for long-distance commuters to monthly training drills will be from $300 to $500. READ HERE>

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TRICARE is Changing. Here is what you need to know:

Region Consolidation
Currently, there are three TRICARE regions in the U.S.: North, South and West. The North and South regions will combine on Jan. 1, 2018 to form TRICARE East, while TRICARE West will remain mostly unchanged. Two new contractors, Humana Military and Health Net Federal Services, LLC, will administer these regions. This change will allow better coordination between the military hospitals and clinics and the civilian health care providers in each region.

On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Select will replace TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra both stateside and overseas. Stateside, TRICARE Select will be a self-managed, preferred provider network option. You will not be required to have a primary care manager (PCM) and therefore you can visit any TRICARE-authorized provider for services covered by TRICARE without a referral. If you live overseas, TRICARE Overseas Program Select will be a preferred provider organization-styled plan that provides access to both network and non-network TRICARE-authorized providers for medically necessary TRICARE covered services. TRICARE Select adopts a number of improvements, including additional preventive care services previously only offered to TRICARE Prime beneficiaries.

TRICARE Prime is a managed care program option. An assigned PCM provides most of your care. When you need specialty care, your PCM will refer you to a specialist. Active duty service members and their family members do not pay anything when referred to a network provider by their PCM. All others pay annual enrollment fees and network copayments.

All current TRICARE beneficiaries will transition to their respective TRICARE plan on Jan. 1, 2018 as long as they are eligible. TRICARE Prime enrollees will remain in TRICARE Prime. TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra beneficiaries will be enrolled in TRICARE Select. During 2018, you can continue to choose to enroll in or change coverage plans.

In fall 2018, TRICARE will introduce an annual open enrollment period. During this period, you will choose whether to continue or change your coverage for the following year. Each year, the open enrollment period will begin on the Monday of the second full week in November and run through the Monday of the second full week in December.

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. 17099 FEMA Reservists Do Not Have Reemployment Rights under USERRA
No. 17100 Urban Search and Rescue Personnel
No. 17101 Relationship between USERRA and other Federal, State, and Local Laws and Ordinances
No. 17102 USERRA and the SCRA for the Military Recruiter

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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

USAF Aggressors 45th Year Reunion
All Squadrons
November 9-11, 2017
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Contact: Pink Williams Phone: 435-602-9655

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
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
Phone: 804-212-8911

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