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October 31, 2018














Contents




Legislative Update
ROA Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update
Military Life
Jobs on the Hill
Law Reviews
Reunions








Department of New York Retiree Appreciation Day Event


Maj. Gen. Jeff Phillips, USA (Ret.) and DoNY Brooklyn Armed Services Chapter President Lt. Col.
Glennie Millard (need to get that tablecloth updated to Reserve Organization of America!) (ROA Photo)

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, worked the ROA table, backing up the association’s Department of New York at a Fort Hamilton Retiree Appreciation Day, Oct. 27. Jeff encountered significant interest in ROA and enjoyed the good company of DoNY comrades.




Legislative Update





ROA Speaks at the Navy Reserve Policy Council

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, spoke to the Navy Reserve Policy Council at their annual meeting in the Pentagon, Oct 26. He discussed the recent changes to expand membership to all ranks and reminded the attendees that ROA was the only association chartered by Congress to be focused solely on the Reserve Components. Council members were also briefed on legislative priorities ROA is taking into the 116th Congress when they adjourn in January 2019, to include, continuum of service changes to extend the Mandatory Separation Date for period of approved non-participation, i.e. “time out” periods. ROA will continue their push to update the tax code to extend tax incentives for employers and to expand federal hiring veterans’ preference. ROA resolutions that support these efforts are Calculation of Mandatory Removal Date for Officers (16-26), Tax Incentives for Employers of Reservists (18-14), and Veterans Preference for Federal Hiring (16-29)

The Navy Reserve Policy Council board members included new members for fiscal year 2019. The Navy Reserve Policy Board was established during the 75th Congress, 3rd Session, June 25, 1938, Naval Reserve Act of 1938.

SEC. 316. That for the purpose of advising the Secretary of the Navy on the formulation of Naval Reserve policies there shall be convened annually at the Navy Department a Naval Reserve Policy Board, at least half the members of which shall be Naval Reserve officers called to this duty from an inactive-duty status.




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ROA Hosts National Military and Veterans Association

At a recent NMVA meeting at ROA, Mr. Jeremy Steslicki, Director of Appropriations and National Security Advisor for Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI), discussed bipartisan legislation that would extend chiropractic benefits to TRICARE beneficiaries of the uniformed services. This population includes Reserve Component servicemembers and retirees.

Eligibility for chiropractic service was passed in 2000 for active duty and 2001 for Veteran Affairs. Medicare beneficiaries and federal employees also have access to chiropractic services.

The “Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act has been introduced in the House as H.R. 4973 and will be formally introduced in the Senate the week of November 12, 2018. If it does not pass in Congress before December 2018, sponsoring members are expected to reintroduce it in the 116th Congress next year. This legislation is covered under ROA resolution TRICARE Inequities Between Reserve and Active Retirees (18-03).
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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of October 23, 2018 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.






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ROA member named to Bicentennial Committee

ROA Executive Committeeman and National Judge Advocate Lt. Col. Terrence Benshoof, USAR (Ret.), has been selected by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Bicentennial Committee to be one of 200 veterans state-wide to be a veteran honoree for the state’s bicentennial celebration on December 3. Selections were based on contribution of service to veterans, service members, and the local community.



Army Reserve Update





U.S. Army Reservists to receive quicker pay!


(PHOTO: US Army Reserves)

The Army is moving its pay and personnel-management system onto a smartphone-friendly platform that leaders hope will drastically cut the number of payroll errors soldiers' find in their paychecks.

The service's new Integrated Personnel and Pay System, or IPPS-A, will debut early next year with officials said Monday at National Guard units being the first to use the system before it's rolled out to the active-duty and Reserve forces in 2020. READ MORE>





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Naval Services Update





U.S. Navy Reserve mobilizations continue!


(PHOTO: U.S. Navy Reserves)

From CNRFC N35, the Reserve Force Mobilization Office: we would like to remind Reserve members in a Selected Reserve status that a deferment, e.g. affiliation or post-pregnancy deferment, or dwell period does not preclude the member from being selected for involuntary mobilization as long as the Ready Load Date (RLD) is after the dwell/deferment expiration date. Some mobilization requirements are sourced out to 9 months prior to the RLD. Members always have the option to waive a deferment to volunteer inside of their dwell/deferment period. Reference the supplemental MAS code Guidance for RESPERS M-1001.5 found on the CNRFC N35 SharePoint site.



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USCGR “Hurricane Hunters”


(PHOTO: USCGR)

The U.S. Coast Guard Reserve has had an active 2018 hurricane season with another month to go, ending on November 30th. While the Coast Guard focuses on saving live at sea, it also has members of its reserve force who work in civilian capacities with the U.S. Air Force as “Hurricane Hunters.” READ MORE>


USNR JO APPLY open!


(PHOTO: National Museum of the U.S. Navy)

Reserve Force Manpower Tools (RFMT) is back online and fully operational. The FY19 QTR 1 JOAPPLY Cycle has been re-opened and will remain open for eligible junior officers to apply for available billets until 1630 EST on 6 November 2018.

As a reminder, the modified Unit CO/OSO/Program Manager ranking phase will be from 1635 EST on 6 November until 1630 EST on 14 November.

Previously-submitted JOAPPLY applications from this cycle will still be processed, unless there were issues resulting from the recent data misalignment. If there were any previously-submitted applications affected by data errors, you will receive an email notifying you to resubmit your JOAPPLY application. READ MORE>

Please contact CNRFC_JOAPPLY@NAVY.MIL for any questions regarding this notification.


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Air Force Update




The Space Force is poised for launch


(PHOTO: NASA)

At a meeting on October 24th, the National Space Council, discussed a way forward on developing space as a warfighting domain.

The Department of Defense is developing a legislative proposal for the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. “The legislative proposal will embody our guiding principles, speed and effectiveness,” according to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. The space plan will include a Space Development Agency that will “ . . . leverage technology, standards, and architecture , and architecture to enable unparalleled integration, he said.”

The department is still developing the cost for a United States Space force which will be the sixth branch of the military along with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

ROA has not taken a position on the development of a Space Command but continues to learn more as the Pentagon and Congress lay out a possible framework. ROA’s ultimate concern will be its direct and immediate impact on the Reserve Component community. READ MORE>





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ISR Activation



The Air Force Reserve Command
activated the first Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) wing at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The wing will support the ISR mission to acquire and process information needed by national security decisionmakers and military commanders. The National Museum of the United States Air Force provides a history of ISR through World War II.

Today, ISR is operating under a newly released “Next Generation Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Dominance Flight Plan” that outlines three pathways for ISR effectiveness: disruption, collection and investing.



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NY Air National Guard unit begins annual South Pole mission


Three ski-equipped LC-130 “Skibirds”. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Catharine Schmidt)

An annual mission to the South Pole that involves hundreds of members of a New York Air National Guard unit is now underway. Some 500 airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing will take part in Operation Deep Freeze, which started last week. It's the Schenectady County-based unit's 31st season of conducting missions at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

The 109th uses its six LC-130 Hercules cargo planes based at Stratton Air National Guard Base to provide logistical support to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program.

By the time the deployment wraps up next year, the unit will have flown about 1,800 flying hours while conducting more than 200 missions. The 109th is the only unit in the U.S. military that operates ski-equipped aircraft capable of landing on snow and ice.
READ MORE>





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Military Family





Job Fair in Springfield, Virginia

You are invited to attend the November 16th Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford in Springfield, Virginia and interview with representatives from dozens of companies, including Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen, PenFed, Inter-Con Security Systems, U.S. Postal Service, Preferred Systems Solutions, Edward Jones, OBXtek, Fulcrum, CALIBRE, AECOM, Deltek, and many more; see all the companies registered-to-date at www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400.


Job fair hours are 9 am to 12 noon, with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers from 8 am to 9 am. The Waterford Reception Center is located at 6715 Commerce Street in Springfield, Virginia. Parking is free.

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 there and asking for their assistance in matching your skills and experience with their open jobs.

For more information and to register for the event (it's free to all job seekers), visit www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400. By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you'll receive the job fair employer directory in advance and give the participating companies early access to your credentials.



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Dental and Vision Open Season Starts November 12, 2018

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 Giving Away $25,000 in Cash in Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes

DALLAS – For the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home. And MILITARY STAR® is making it easy to get there with the Home for the Holidays sweepstakes.

From Nov. 1 to 15, service members and their families who use their MILITARY STAR card at both a military exchange and a commissary will automatically be entered in the sweepstakes. Five winners—one each from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard—will win $5,000 each.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and MILITARY STAR is helping provide service members with the resources to spend the holidays with family and friends,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “Extra cash can cover travel expenses, gifts or other holiday costs for the winners.”

Shoppers will also earn an entry into MILITARY STAR’s Your Holiday Bill Is on Us! sweepstakes for a chance to have their entire balance paid in full.

Eligible shoppers 18 years and older, including Veterans, retirees and family members, can participate. Qualifying exchange locations include Army & Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard exchanges; online exchanges atShopMyExchange.com; myNavyExchange.com; ShopCGX.com; and Exchange concessionaires. Winners will be announced on or about Dec. 15. No purchase necessary to win. For official rules and alternate method of entry, visitMyECP.com/CustomerAds/Page/Exchange.com.
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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities






Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * Springfield, VA

You are invited to attend the November 16th Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford in Springfield, Virginia and interview with representatives from dozens of companies, including Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen, PenFed, Inter-Con Security Systems, U.S. Postal Service, Preferred Systems Solutions, Edward Jones, OBXtek, Fulcrum, CALIBRE, AECOM, Deltek, and many more; see all the companies registered-to-date at
www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400.

Job fair hours are 9 am to 12 noon, with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers from 8 am to 9 am. The Waterford Reception Center is located at 6715 Commerce Street in Springfield, Virginia. Parking is free.

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 there and asking for their assistance in matching your skills and experience with their open jobs.

For more information and to register for the event (it's free to all job seekers), visit
www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/400. By pre-registering and uploading your resume, you'll receive the job fair employer directory in advance and give the participating companies early access to your credentials.




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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. 18100 Look to State Law for Protection of Civilian Jobs of National Guard Members on State Active Duty
No. 18101 Extra 22 Days of Paid Military Leave for RC Members on Active Duty in Support of Contingency Operations
No. 18102 Differential Pay for Federal Civilian Employees Who Are Called to the Colors

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



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: poohbearmit@aol.com
Info/Signup: www.vp45association.org

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
Websitge: www.usslawrence.com
POC: Craig Bernat Ph: 814-322-4140 • Email: dguts@usslawrence.com


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, weastman@dfcsociety.org, Ph: 760-985-2810
Check website for updates as planning progresses. http://www.dfcsociety.net

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

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