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July 31, 2018


Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

Military Life
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ROA national convention registration now open!

ROA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 national convention in Omaha, Nebraska!

This year’s national convention promises many exciting events for ROA members to include an update on TRICARE, a professional development seminar, a banquet with a congressional speaker (invited), awards presentations, speaker presentations, a State of the Association address, a detailed update on current legislation, and training on conducting grass-roots activities. All this while connecting with old friends and making new ones.

Please spread the word within your departments and chapters about this exciting opportunity! Hotel rates are low and registration fees have been reduced. Help us reach our goal of increasing attendance by 15 percent.

To register, or for more information, visit our website:

Legislative Update

NDAA FY’19 conference report is completed!

(Photo: DoD)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019 on July 25, by a 359-54 vote. The Senate will likely take up the measure this week and send it to President Trump, who is expected to sign it. This important piece of legislation establishes the baseline authorization on defense spending and policy for the next year. Congress continues to work on the Defense Appropriation bill, which will fund the NDAA. READ MORE>

Key highlights for the Active and Reserve Component include:

  • A 2.6% pay raise, the highest in 9 years
  • Increases active component end strength of Active by 15,000 and the RC by 5,100
  • Increases funding for training and training operations in each service
  • Increases funding for flying hours
  • Authorizes 13 new Navy battle force ships, including an additional Ford-class aircraft carrier
  • Authorizes 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
  • Authorizes the Coast Guard to enter into a contract or contracts for up to 6 polar-class heavy icebreakers
  • Fully funds the administration’s budget request for Army helicopters (60 AH-64E Apache, 50 UH-60M Blackhawks; 7 CH-47 Chinook)
  • Authorizes 135 M1A2SEP v3 Abrams main battle tanks
  • Authorizes the Marine Corps Unmanned Aerial System
  • Begins to modernize the 38-year-old officer personnel system
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ROA Taps announcement

To keep you up to date, ROA will be adding once a month to the Reserve Voice “Military Family” section a category called Taps. This will include the names of fellow association colleagues who passed away the previous month. See the ”Military Family” Section for the month of June 2018.

(Photo: Arlington Cemetery)

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USAF Reservist Robert Wilkie confirmed as VA secretary

(Photo: US Senate)

The Senate confirmed Robert Wilkie as the tenth VA secretary in an 86-9 vote on July 24. He replaces David Shulkin, who was fired in March after a struggle with political appointees whom he accused of plotting to privatize the VA's health system.

Wilkie, a former Pentagon official and U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Colonel, faces a host of difficult issues, including filling senior vacancies, managing a $10 billion digital health record contract and coordinating care for the 9 million veterans enrolled for care with the nation's largest health care system. He is an Air Force Reserve colonel drilling at the Pentagon. ROA will work with the new VA secretary on issues such as veterans status for federal hiring preference, and reform of processes and adjudication regarding illness from burn pits and other toxic exposures. READ MORE>

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ROA and the Commissioned Offers Association of the USPHS sent the Commerce and Health committees of the House and Senate, and are preparing a similar letter to the president, a joint letter opposing several proposed changes to the U.S. Public Heath Services Commissioned Corps by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Specifically, ROA and COA raised opposition to the recommendations of reducing by 38% the number of USPHS officer professionals (from 6,500 to 4,000) and the shifting of retirement costs to agencies in which they are deployed. Both associations did, however, support the recommendation to create a Reserve Corps of government employees and private citizens, similar to that used by other uniformed services. READ MORE>

Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of 24 July 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

The second of the new podcast series "ROA Update” addresses military appreciation marketing campaigns and inclusion of the Reserve Components, and an update on the discharge of immigrant recruits, with ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips.

Army Reserve Update

Army Reserve's Ready Force X units train to deploy on short notice

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 900th Quartermaster Company complete a convoy during CSTX 91-18-01, July 10, 2018, at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. (Photo: U.S. Army)

It's been nearly two years since the Army Reserve chief, Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, announced his plan to create Ready Force X, a special group of Reserve component units tasked with being ready to deploy on shorter notice than traditional Reserve units.

Now, more than 600 units have been designated as part of the effort to ensure that active and National Guard units are supported on short-notice contingency operations with field hospitals, refueling services and other sustainment resources provided by the Reserve. Of those 600 units, 181 have been designated to provide support in the first 30 days of a conflict.

"We are going to generate for the American people what they expect us to generate," Luckey said in a statement posted on Army Reserve Command's Ready Force X website. READ MORE>
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Army Reserve engineers drop into Arkansas River for assault exercise

(Photo: 1st Sgt. Daniel Griego)

Members of the U.S. Army Reserve 420th Combat Engineer Brigade, based in Bryan, TX, conducted a helocast drop in the Arkansas River, as part of River Assault 2018, July 22, 2018. The joint training exercise feature assets from the Army Reserve, National Guard, and active-duty Army. The event was supported by members of the Sapper Leader Course and the Army Deep Sea Dive Team. READ MORE>

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Army Reserve Promotions

Maj. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy chief of Army Reserve (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, Washington, District of Columbia, to commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper Jr., U.S. Army Reserve, commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 76th U.S. Army Reserve Operational Response Command, Salt Lake City, Utah, to deputy chief of Army Reserve (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, Washington, District of Columbia.

Brig. Gen. Windsor S. Buzza, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commander (Troop Program Unit), 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, to commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 91st Training Division (Operations), Fort Hunter-Liggett, California.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey C. Coggin, U.S. Army Reserve, commander (Troop Program Unit), 350th Civil Affairs Command, Pensacola, Florida, to deputy commanding general (Troop Program Unit), U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Brig. Gen. Mark E. Black, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commander (Troop Program Unit), 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Charlotte, North Carolina, to commander (Troop Program Unit), 350th Civil Affairs Command, Pensacola, Florida.

Brig. Gen. Nikki L. Griffin Olive, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commander - Signal (Troop Program Unit), 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Georgia, to commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 335th Signal Command (Theater), Operational Command Post (Forward), Kuwait.

Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Mosser, U.S. Army Reserve, commander (Troop Program Unit), 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Marysville, Washington, to assistant to the deputy commanding general - Readiness (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Brig. Gen. Dion B. Moten, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 81st Readiness Division, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, to deputy commander - Signal (Troop Program Unit), 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Georgia.

Brig. Gen. Alberto C. Rosende, U.S. Army Reserve, assistant to the deputy commanding general - Readiness (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to chief of staff (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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Naval Services Update

Major General Frederick M. Padilla, USMC

Major General Padilla is nominated to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve; and commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces North. Maj. Gen. Padilla is currently serving as the director, Joint Capabilities Integration Directorate, Department of Combat Development and Integration, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, District of Columbia. He was born in April 1959 in Torrejon, Spain, to a career Air Force officer. He is a 1982 graduate of East Carolina University and was commissioned in 1983.

Major General Padilla’s assignments in the operating forces include platoon commander, company commander and battalion adjutant, 3d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment; rifle and weapons company commander, 3d Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment; inspector-instructor, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment; G-3 Operations officer, 1st Marine Division; commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines and commanding general, 3rd Marine Division.

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Off-duty USCG reservist and NJ state trooper improvises rescue

(Photo: USCGR)

U.S. Coast Guard Reservist Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Minnes was recently as a hero after saving an accident victim on the Atlantic City Expressway in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

Minnes, a New Jersey state trooper, pulled a man to safety and provided emergency medical assistance to save the man's life earning him the gratitude of survivor, the governor of New Jersey and the Winslow Fire Department.

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Harvested HMMWV parts will save USMC Corps millions, increase survivability of JLTV

(Photo: USMC)

Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, prepare to load Joint Light Tactical Vehicles onto Landing Craft Utility boats in preparation for a JLTV Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation amphibious landing March 2, at Camp Pendleton, California.

As part of a cost-savings plan, the Marine Corps Active and Reserve will harvest Gunner’s Protection Kits and other equipment from older High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and install them on JLTVs to increase the new vehicles’ survivability. READ MORE>
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Air Force Update

Lieutenant General Maryanne Miller

The President has nominated to the Senate the appointment to the grade of general with assignment for Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller from Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, DC and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga., to Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL. General Miller’s replacement will be named later. ROA sends General Miller our congratulations on a significant promotion and best wishes, with our offer of continuing support for the Air Force Reserves in her command.

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ART Maintenance recruiting becomes priority

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps

“ARTs are full-time, dual-status civil service technicians responsible for training and ensuring the Reserve provides combat-ready Airmen. They also perform Reserve duty on unit training assembly weekends.”

“From the A4 standpoint, building up the maintenance ART program is a priority, since the current average full-time manning is approximately 71 percent, as opposed to 82 percent in 2012.”

ROA has been a strong supporter of providing the same level of effort to fill maintenance positions as they do with pilots along with allowing ARTs to receive specialty bonuses. Currently they cannot receive a bonus when they fill a critical shortage even though bonuses are extended to traditional Reservists in the same critical specialty. READ MORE

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During June 2018, 56 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>

Military Family

TRICARE Online Patient Portal

Recently, the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE Online Patient Portal (TOL PP) Blue Button was renamed to TOL PP Health Record. It is the current secure patient portal that gives registered users access to online health care information and services at military hospitals and clinics. When you register on the TOL Patient Portal, you can:

  • Review and download personal health information
  • Schedule, change, view or cancel appointments at your military hospital or clinic
  • Receive secure email and text message appointment reminders
  • Refill and check status of your prescriptions at your military hospital or clinic
  • Access the online health risk assessments
  • Get information and services when separating from active duty or reserves

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. 18060 Employers who Violate USERRA Willfully Should Have To Pay a Substantial Penalty
No. 18061 DOL-VETS Has Subpoena Power for USERRA Investigations
No. 18062 USERRA Requires Employers To Post a USERRA Rights Notice
No. 18063 USERRA’s Final Section Requires Federal Agencies To Train Human Resources Personnel on USERRA
No. 18064 Congress Amended USERRA To Put Deadlines on DOL, DOJ, and OSC
No. 18065 DOL, DOJ, and OSC Required To Report on USERRA
No. 18066 America Will Be the Land of the Free only so long as it Remains the Home of the Brave

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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

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:

U.S.S. Perkins 27th Annual Reunion
September 13-15, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
POC: Barry Buchanan • Ph 816-792-3040

Vinh Long Outlaws Association Biennial Reunion
September 13-17, 2018
North Charleston Marriott • Charleston, SC
POC: Jim Donnelly email:
Info & Registration:

Navy: Destroyer Veterans
Dates Sept 16-20, 2018
Location: Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Two Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, New York, USA, 14202
Registration forms:
Contact: Tin Can Sailors - DesVets, 508-677-0515;

39th Engineer Battalion Alumni Association
Dates: September 30 - October 3, 2018
Location: Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino, Tucson, AZ
Hotel: 877-777-4212 (refer to 39th Engineers block)
Form & Info:
March 2018 Newsletter with reg form

More Info: 39th 2018 Arizona Reunion Information
Contact: Bill Ray, 817-239-0787,

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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