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ReserveVoice: August 15, 2016

Legislative Update


Resolutions are due for consideration during the 2016 National Convention at Reno, NV.  Please submit Department resolutions to the Headquarters by 26 August 2016 (Policy E-22, Section 5).  Additionally, during the convention 2013 resolutions will be processed accordingly:
  1. The proposed resolution will be forwarded to the National Convention or Council with the recommendation that it be adopted.
  2. The proposed resolution will be referred to the national president for action when it is determined that some action is warranted, but the adoption of a resolution is inappropriate or unnecessary.
  3. The proposed resolution will be returned to originator without further action:
    —For additional information justification
    —Because the proposal is redundant or conflicts with an existing mandate
    —Because the proposed resolution would not be germane or consistent with the ROA charter

Direct commissioning of civilians, a pro and con

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, and “Skin in the Game” author and ROA member Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (USA (Ret.) go pro-and-con on the issue of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s newest proposal, to allow select experts to join the ranks outside of the normal military accessions and training processes. READ MORE >

CIOR CIMEX 16, Hoyo, Madrid

For the fifth year, the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Civil-military Cooperation (CIOR CIMIC) Committee has organized a CIMEX (CIMIC exercise) prior to the CIOR Summer Congress. This year it was held at the Military Engineer Academy in Hoyo, near Madrid.
The overriding objectives of CIMEX are: “to encourage liaison, networking and information sharing, and promote best practice within the international CIOR CIMIC community . . . to better understand our international partners, and work more effectively together.” Read More >

Army Update

USAR Olympian

Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks is competing in the men's pole vault final tonight (15 AUG)  at his first-ever Olympic competition.
Kendricks set an Olympics trials record during the 2016 World Indoor Championships, taking first place in the men's pole vault at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore., securing a spot on Team USA. His best jump this season was 19 feet and five inches - second only to 2012 gold medal winner Renaud Lavillenie of France, who set the current world pole vaulting record in 2012 with a height of 20 feet and three inches.

USAR Lifesaver

On July 17, an Army Reserve NCO “. . . just did what I hope someone would do for my grandmother if it happened to her,” Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Lee Screen, said; Screen lives in Temecula, California and on that day saved the life of a choking woman with his quick thinking. “Everybody at her table looked like they were in shock, so I ran over, helped her out, kissed her on the head, and sat back down.”
From media reports: A couple of weeks ago,  when Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Lee Screen, the mobilization noncommissioned officer in charge at the 11th MP Brigade headquarters, sat down for lunch at a Cracker Barrel in The Dells, Wisconsin, he was looking forward to a big meal before enjoying a day of sightseeing with military police leaders visiting from Taiwan. Instead, he found himself administering the Heimlich Maneuver and saving a woman's life, an action he was recently awarded the Army Commendation Medal for.  
Screen was at lunch with three Taiwan MPs, as well as leaders from his brigade and U.S. Army Pacific, which facilitated the military-to-military engagement between Taiwan's MP corps and the 200th MP Command. His supervisor, Lt. Col. Tili Tyrell, the operations officer for the 11th MP Bde., headquartered in Los Alamitos, California, said Screen jumped into action.
 "A lot of people were standing around," he said. "Her face was blue, and her lips were purple. I asked if she was choking and gave her the Heimlich maneuver. Whatever she was choking on dislodged, and I kissed her forehead and sat back down."
People in the restaurant were shocked, Screen said. Everything happened quickly, but quite a few people applauded the effort.
"I just did what I hope someone would do for my grandmother if it happened to her," Screen said, who lives in Temecula, California. "Everybody at her table looked like they were in shock, so I ran over, helped her out, kissed her on the head, and sat back down."
Maj. Rafael Urbina, the military police planner at the U.S. Army Pacific Army Reserve Engagement Cell who arranged the Taiwan MPs' visit, said Screen's aid was critical.
"He truly saved that lady," he said. "She wasn't going to make it."
Screen said he takes the responsibility of being a Soldier and a leader seriously, and that being in the Army Reserve is a calling.
"You never know what's going to happen," he said. "We all have to remain vigilant and remember the ethos that make us professionals. Every day I wake up, my fellow Soldiers are my family. Together, we can do great things for this country."

Sea Services Update

The U.S. military is dumping the dumbest uniform ever

Say goodbye to your blueberries. After years of complaints from sailors, the brass has decided to dump the the blue-and-gray Navy working uniform that's been worn for the past decade. (Photo: MC2 Mat Murch/Navy)
The blue-and-gray cammies originally intended to be the Navy's mainstay uniform are officially headed for Davy Jones' seabag, ending a decade of wrestling with a revolutionary uniform concept that failed to get its sea legs despite updates and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment. READ MORE >

Air Force Update

Reserve Airmen Stand Ready to Help Fight Wildfires

When there are large wild fires then fire departments have been known to travel great distances to help out their fellow servicemembers. An innovative resource that helps give relief to fire fighters is by using Air Force Reservists to help stop wildfires. Reservists add an additional layer of support by applying their skills and planes to help save homes. Reservists are able to fill up their planes with retardants within a matter of minutes to help out fire crews. During late July a MAFFS-equipped C-130 and crew departed from Peterson Air Force Base to support firefighting efforts in the western United States. During this current deployment, which is their first firefighting mission of 2016, the 302nd reservists are expected to fly missions from Boise, Idaho, and other western U.S. locations as needed. A MAFFS crew from Wyoming is also taking part in the deployment.  READ MORE >.

Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, with the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, stands in front of a C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., July 26, 2016. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando.

National Guard

World War II Vets Seek Presidential Honor With Help From Iraq Vets

Iraq War vets who lead the 30th Infantry Division Association are helping WWII vets get a presidential honor they earned more than 70 years ago.
More than 70 years after North Carolina National Guard members returned from World War II, surviving veterans are hoping their unit can still get a presidential honor for its heroism and sacrifices. Read More >
The 823rd Tank Destroyer Bn, 30th Infantry Division near Mortain, France. U.S. Army photo

Military Families

Military One Source

Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community and will ensure that your family is properly taken care of. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff – deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. One of their specialties is to provide non deployment and non medical confidential counseling.  Military OneSource is here to support all of your transitions in life, and is there to make sure you are your best self.


Each year, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the U.S. These students are eight times more likely to end up in prison, and three times more likely to end up unemployed.
       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 Flyeror visit us online.

CIOR LANGUAGE ACADEMY: Ready on the Right, Ready on the Left, Ready on the Firing Line!

For the past three months an article has appeared in this space to announce recruitment for the upcoming CIOR Language Academy to be conducted in Muraste, Estonia in July.  From ROA members we were looking for French language students and English as a Foreign language teachers.  Calls came in for both these roles, plus those expressing a general interest in CIOR. 
The enrollment deadlines are imminent. Recruitment for this 16th iteration of the CIOR Language Academy is the most successful in years. We expect to have over 70 students and 14 faculty and staff members. The US will contribute eight French students and six faculty and staff. Other important national groups of students include Albania, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, and Ukraine.
Watch this space next year for announcements regarding CLA 2017.  For further information contact CAPT David Epstein, USN(Ret), Director at (650)787-0500 (PDT) or


6th Army Reunion

Commemorating WWII's Forgotten D-Day and Forgotten Campaign led by the War's Forgotten General
, The 6th Army Group in France, Germany, and Austria
 Hosted by Outpost International, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division
When:     15-17 September 2016 (Thursday to Saturday)

Where:   American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150

MORE INFORMATION > (pdf flyer)

U.S.S. Wilhoite (DE/DER-397)

September 12-15, 2016
Crowne Plaza at the Airport, 2829 Williams Boulevard, New Orleans, LA
Contact: Elisabeth Kimball
236 Linker Mountain Road, Dover, AR 72837   Telephone: 479-968-1236/479-280-2776

U.S. Navy Ship USS Perkins (DD26, DD377, DDR877) 26th Annual Reunion

September 14 - 17, 2016, San Pedro CA
Contact: George H. Melgarejo -
1280 West 2nd Street, San Pedro, CA 90732 - Phone: 310-831-5417

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:

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV/CVA-31) Ship Company and Air Group & USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6)

August 31-September 4, 2016, Nashville , TN
Contact: Ray King
3030 Old Orchard Rd., Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715-456-5933

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. 16072 USERRA and the Career Intermission Program
  • No. 16073 Don’t Tell your Civilian Employer that you Are Trying to Enlist
  • No. 16074 A New Case on USERRA and Forced Arbitration
  • No. 16075 Wh Decides that a Period of Service Is Exempt from USERRA’s Five-Year Limit?
  • No. 16076 The SCRA Protects the Active Duty Service Member from Having To Pay State Income Tax, But only under certain Circumstances
  • No. 16077 USERRA Gives you the Right to Time off from your Federal Civilian Job for Inactive Duty Training on a Weekday
Visit the Service Members Law Center
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