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September 30, 2018


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ROA opens membership to all ranks, adopts fitting ‘DBA’ name

ROA “mustangs,” five past national presidents who were first enlisted before becoming officers, gather at the association’s national convention in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 29. From left, Col. Ralph Carlson, USAF (Ret.), Maj. Gen. Roger Sandler, USA (Ret.), Maj. Gen. Evan “Curly” Hultman, USA (Ret.), Brig. Gen. William Basnett, USAF (Ret.), and Col. Paul Groskreutz, USA (Ret.). On Sunday, ROA members voted to expand membership eligibility to all ranks in a historic move to increase the association’s inclusivity.

In a historic move to increase inclusivity and better reflect the Reserve force it serves, ROA members on Sunday voted to expand membership eligibility to all ranks in all of the nation’s uniformed Reserve Components. The expansion is immediately effective and means that ROA’s membership is now open to any serving or former member of the U.S. military, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or NOAA who served under honorable conditions.

"ROA is the only national military group that solely and exclusively focuses on support of America’s Reserve Components,” said the association’s executive director, Jeff Phillips. “We represent all ranks, their families, and veterans of the Reserve force; now we welcome all ranks into membership."

Previously, ROA membership was open to noncommissioned officers, warrant officers, and officers in these services. The association, all male at its 1922 founding, opened membership to women officers in 1927 and Naval officers after World War II. Currently 20 percent of all new members are NCOs, although recent experiences indicate that percentage could climb.

Meeting in Omaha, Neb., ROA members also approved a proposal to establish a new “doing businesses as” name that reflects the expanded membership criteria. Retaining its chartered name and the abbreviation “ROA," the association can also be known by the DBA, “Reserve Organization of America.”

Membership dues were also the target of reform, with annual dues halved to $20 and life membership dues simplified from a scale of charges based on age, to a single $450.

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2018 National Convention update!

The ROA legislative teams brings you an abbreviated Reserve Voice for the end of September since we are at our national convention in beauitful Omaha, NE!

We hope you are here with us because some new and exciting events are taking place to honor ROA members and friends for work this past year and to prepare for the coming year ahead.

Highlights of the national convention include: keynote remarks from Maj. Gen. Richard Evans from USSTRATCOM during the general assembly session and U.S. Congressman Don Bacon during the banquet; a Joint-Service professional development seminar; the ROA Academy; presentation of the “Twice the Citizen” award along with service award presentations; remarks on recently implemented TRICARE changes; an ROAL luncheon; service section business meetings; a congressional update on RC legislation; and the election of the association’s President-Elect, as well as Executive Committee representatives from the Army, Naval Serivces and Air Force service sections to the EXCOM. More information about the convention will be forthcoming.

Exchange Director/CEO named to ROA’s Minuteman Hall of Fame

During its 2018 National Convention in America's heartland, Omaha, Nebraska, ROA honored an "unsung hero" with one of its highest awards. Army & Air Force Exchange Service CEO Tom Shull, a former soldier himself, quietly, decisively, and effectively revived AAFES and significantly improved how it serves the Reserve Components: He has made a difference for us.

“When Tom Shull arrived at the Exchange, it was lagging its retail competitors outside the main gate,” said ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips. “Tom applied his decades of retail experience and his love of our military family to revitalize a great “brand.’”

AAFES, available online to veterans for the first time ever, provides all its earnings to support service members and families, including a dividend to military Quality-of-Life programs. READ MORE >

Pilots who safely landed Southwest plane honored for heroism in Omaha

Photo by Kent Sievers/The World-Herald

Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults
and her co-pilot, Darren Ellisor, received the “Twice the Citizen” Award from the Reserve Officers Association for their leadership, courage and skill in landing Southwest flight 1380 safely after an engine exploded in flight. Shults retired from the Navy Reserve as a lieutenant commander, and Ellisor completed his service in the Air Force Reserve as a major. Both served on active duty as well. READ MORE AT OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

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Legislative Update

Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of September 18, 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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ROA Update

ROA Op-Ed:

Appointee or career, VA’s officials can take the agency to excellence

Now led by its tenth “permanent” secretary, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in its 29th year of being nearly everyone’s favorite federal punching bag. READ MORE>

Army Reserve Update

US troops have rescued, evacuated hundreds post-hurricane Florence

A National Guard Chinook helicopter lands at a shopping center in Wilmington, N.C., on Sept. 18. The Chinook was delivering supplies for continuing relief efforts after Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas. (Ken Blevins/The Star-News via AP)

Thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops are using amphibious vehicles and search-and-rescue aircraft to move people and equipment after Hurricane Florence battered the East Coast last week, even as some of their own bases were damaged by the storm. READ MORE>
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N.Y. Army Guard Soldiers honor Harlem Hellfighters in France

Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 369th Infantry Regiment arrive back in New York harbor on Feb. 12, 1919, after serving in France during World War I. The 369th was an African-American unit in a segregated Army which had served under French Army command but earned so many awards for heroism that they became known as the Harlem Hellfighters. (Photo by National Archives.

Five New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 369th Sustainment Brigade recently traveled to France to take part in World War I centennial commemorative event. The 369th Sustainment Brigade carries the lineage of the 369th Infantry Regiment; a segregated African-American National Guard unit from New York City which distinguished itself in combat during World War I.

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Naval Services Update

USNR releases FY’19 APPLY board results

(Photo: US Navy)

The Chief of Navy Reserve (CNR) recently released the results from the board applied command billets for FY’19. READ MORE>

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USCG Station Los Angeles/Long Beach Reservists embrace
commandant’s guiding principles

(Photo: USCG Compass)

On the southern tip of Los Angeles Harbor’s Terminal Island, after driving through two-mile sea of stacked containers and straight through the center of a federal correctional institution’s fence-lined campus, you will find Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. From the base, you will find scenic views of San Pedro, Los Angeles Harbor and the busy channel that borders the west side of Terminal Island. Among the Coast Guard units, you will find Station LA/LB. In July, Senior Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Bernice had an opportunity to spend a few days with the station’s 25 reservists during their two weeks of active duty training. READ MORE>

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Air Force Update

Colonel Returns to Command Maintenance Group

Col. Amanda Sheets assumes command of the 916th Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)

Col. Amanda Sheets “I am thrilled to be back in the 916th ARW and to lead this maintenance group,” said the former 916th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “It was hard to leave the first time, so to come back and command the 916th MXG is a huge honor for me.” As the commander for the Reserve KC-135R Stratotanker will be meeting the challenge of converting the unit to the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus.

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Air National Guard Units Rescue Hurricane Florence Survivors

Members of the 106th Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, drop from an HH-60 Pavehawk during a rescue mission during Hurricane Florence, Sept. 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Kyle Hagan)

Air National Guard units from across the country went to North Carolina and South Carolina to assist in rescue efforts both during Hurricane Florence and afterwards when the rains caused wide-spread flooding. Rescues included 127 pets across North Carolina.
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Military Family

United Airlines debuts ‘Better Boarding’ program to benefit military

(Photo: UA)

Service members will no longer have to wear a uniform to earn pre-boarding privileges on United Airlines flights, according to a Sept. 18 release. READ MORE>

TRICARE Increases for 2019

Premium rates
for calendar year 2019 were established by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Increases occurred for TRICARE Retired Reserve and TRICARE Young Adult (Prime). Decreases occurred for TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Young Adult (Select).
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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities

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(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During August 2018, 250 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. 18087 Reservist Wins USERRA Case against Gojet Airlines
No. 18088 USERRA Does Not Protect the Spouse of a Service Member from Discrimination in her Employment
No. 18089 Navy Reservist Sues Employer for Violating USERRA and Survives Employer’s Motion for Summary Judgment
No. 18090 Another Important New USERRA Case
No. 18091 USERRA, the Five-Year Limit, and the Documentation Requirement
No. 18092 The Service Member’s Domicile Is the Place where he or she Lived Before Entering or Re-entering Active Duty
No. 18093 New York Continues To Disenfranchise Military Personnel in Non-Federal Elections
No. 18094 Absentee Voting Should Be Handled Centrally at the State Level
No. 18095 Absentee Ballots Must Be Transmitted at Least 45 Days before Election Day
No. 18096 Logjam at MSPB Continues

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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 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:

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.

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