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ReserveVoice: September 15, 2016

ROA’s annual convention in Reno paid off with house-beating payoffs in leader insights, membership and grassroots development.

By Henry Plimack, ROA communications committee
ROA held its annual convention this week, commencing with a commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack against America. We convened our executive committee on 9/11/16, with hearts going out for the loss of so many innocents in what is a war without knowable end.

Joining us were junior officers from each of the armed services including warrant officers, and our Chaplain of the Year. This infusion of fresh talent into ROA led to an educational exchange for the National Council, the Executive Committee, and our drilling Reservists present. For myself, the opportunity to learn from these millennials, who are bringing us in to the Twitter, and Instagram world – provided ROA with instant outreach by helping post images and short pieces on #roanation.

As for my colleagues, and the millennials as well, the candid presentation by our assistant secretary of defense (manpower and reserve affairs), the Honorable Todd A. Weiler (himself a former AH-1 Cobra pilot), explained that his first priority is to develop and implement a true Total Force – Active, Reserve, Guard, Volunteers, and Contractors.  He noted that Secretary of Defense Carter has stated that we must identify, seed, and fish in "new ponds." 

Assistant Secretary of Defense Weiler was followed by ROA's executive director Jeff Phillips, who briefed the "state of the association." According to Phillips, ROA has made much progress since his last convention address a year ago. ROA's effectiveness in legislative and miltary policy influence has grown, and recent national media coverage is increasing ROA's "brand awareness." The association's finances are stabilized and in what the executive director terms a "fragile" recovery, with efforts focusing now on increasing revenues and membership.
The executive director was followed by Red Cap training to help train members to capitalize on the power of our association and their experiences as Reservists in delivering the RC message to the public and legislators on Capitol Hill and in the districts. Explaining the sacrifice, both in tangible numbers (with more than 1,200 Reservists losing their lives in service to our nation since 9/11), to the value added to our fiscally challenged society where the Reservist’s “bang for the buck” is the best kept secret inside the beltway and the Pentagon.
According to our former president, Maj. Gen. Evan “Curly” Hultman, USA (Ret), “The Reservist, twice a citizen, with one foot in the community and the other in one of our five Armed Services, is a strategic element in our national security through their incredible sacrifice.”

At the association's general assembly meeting on Wednesday, officers were elected (see separate story). Of great significance, ROA's delegates voted unanimously in favor of the integration of the National Association for Uniformed Services, with its 20,000 members of all ranks. If the integration is also approved by the NAUS membership, ROA would continue the time-honored NAUS mission to promote a strong national defense and protect the benefits earned through service and sacrifice in the uniformed services.

AF Reserve IMA selected as ROA annual award winner

Capt. Paula Moore, IMA officer-in-charge of the 28th Contracting Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, is presented with the Reserve Officer Association’s Air Force Reserve Junior Officer of the Year Award by Colonel (Ret.) Margaret A. Cope, ROA National Air Force vice-president, Sept. 12. (Courtesy photo).

The award was presented on day two of the Annual ROA National Convention, at the Silver Legacy Resort, in Reno, Nevada.
Moore was recognized for her work as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee officer-in-charge of the 28th Contracting Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. As a Reservist, she oversees the 16-member team of military and civilian personnel responsible for providing contracting support to the Air Force Finance Center, the 28th Bomb Wing and its 27 B-1B Lancers, and the 89th Attack Squadron and its MQ-9 Reapers.
READ MORE at Dobbins AFRC website  >

Newly Elected National Leadership

Concluding ROA's 2016 national convention at Reno's Silver Legacy Casino, the association's delegates voted in the officers who will help guide it on a rising trajectory. ROA has recently been widely featured in national media in connection with its championing of reservist survivor and veterans status benefits.
Retired USAF Lt. Col. Don Stockton, USAF was voted President-Elect and will take office in 2017.  
Lt. Col. Milt Houghton, USA (Ret.) was elected Executive Committeeman, Army; Capt. Rick Thomas, USCG (Ret.) was elected Executive Committeeman, Naval Services; and Col. David Anderson USAFR, was elected Executive Committeeman, Air Force.
Showing the increasing influence of noncommissioned officers within ROA, Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Chitty, USAFR, was elected the association's Jr. VP, Air Force.

ROA National President and retired USMC colonel Jim Sweeney (right) swears into office (from left) National President Elect Lt. Col. Don Stockton, USA (Ret.), Lt. Col. Milt Houghton, USA (Ret.), Executive Committeeman, Army; and Capt. Rick Thomas, USCG (Ret.), Executive Committeeman, Naval Services.

Army Update

National Museum of the United States Army Breaks Ground

On 14 SEP in a ceremony at Ft Belvoir, VA (located 20 miles south of Washington DC), ground was broken on the National Museum of the United States Army.

It is expected to take about three years to complete the project that will eventually house of 30,000 Army artifacts and 15,000 art works. READ MORE >


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       Additionally, there is a wide disparity in student achievement between affluent students and at-risk students, as well as white students and students of color.
       Many school districts, particularly in urban areas, are significantly underfunded and overwhelmed. With class sizes of 25 to 30, teachers understandably have trouble addressing the needs of the most struggling students.
        That’s where SAGA comes in. For more information please view attached SAGA Flyer or visit us online.


USS Waldron DD-699

April 27-May 1, 2017,
Doubletree by Hilton at the Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77061
Contact: Ron Wells,  Phone: 512-282-4507

USS Turner Joy, DD-951 Biannual Reunion

21-25 September 2016
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Convention Center. 
5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462
Richard D. Haight, Reunion Coordinator - 
12359 Cold Stream Guard Ct., Bristow, Va. 20136
Details/info at the USS Turner Joy website:

U.S.S. John R. Craig (DD-885)

September 20-25, 2016
Holiday Inn, Nashville Airport, Nashville, Tenn.
Contact: Jerry Chwalek -
9307 Louisiana Street, Livonia, MI 48185

USS Elokomin AO-55

Sep 22-25, 2017
Lisle (Chicago), IL
Contact: Ron Finet -
Phone: 262-742-4269

25th Anniversary Reunion: Desert Storm/Provide Comfort Civil Affairs veterans

24 September 2016 - 1600 – 2000 hrs
The Club at Andrews, 1889 Arnold Ave, Joint Base Andrews, MD
Co-Chair: COL (Ret) George Padar:
Co-Chair/Treasurer: LTC (Ret) F.R. (Frenchie) Verrier:
Publicity Chair: COL (Ret) Lilia (Lee) Vannett,
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Reunion Flyer (pdf) or email one of the POCs

U.S.S. Walke (DD-723) Association

September 25-30, 2016
Asheville, NC
Reunion Contact: Gene Hansen -
PO Box 1695, Cahiers, NC 28717-1695
Phone: 828-883-7231

UPT Class 67C

Date: October 28-30, 2016
Location: Mesa, AZ   
Contact: Jerry Engles for further information:

USS Voge (DE/FF-1047) Reunion

5-9 October 2016
Warwick RI
Reservations: call MRP at 817-251-3551or go
Reservation deadline:  24 August 2016
Contact: Tom Anderson/501-259-1369 or Jan Harris/
For additional Info go to Voge Facebook Page or email

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. 16085 ROA Files Amicus Brief Supporting Military Voting Rights
  • No. 16086 You Must Have at least 20 “Good Years” To Qualify for Reserve Component Retirement at Age 60
  • No. 16087 Computing your RC Retirement Benefit
  • No. 16088 The Notice of Eligibility and the RC Retirement System
  • No. 16089 What Is a “Gray Area Retiree?”
  • No. 16090 Under certain Circumstances, RC Members Can Start Receiving RC Retirement Benefits before their
  • No. 16091 Section 12736 Overrides State “No Double Dipping” Laws
  • No. 16092 Is it Possible for me to Qualify for a Regular Retirement?
  • No. 16093 Section 4312(e)(1)(A) Authorizes a Delay in your Application for Reemployment; It Does not Give you Two Years off from Work.
  • No. 16094 New USERRA Lawsuit Filed against UAL over Pension Contributions, Sick Time Accrual, and Vacation Accrual
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